I was not on my usual OC traveler mode last month. As I have shared on my previous post, I've been so forgetful, I left so many important stuff behind. Aside from that, I also failed to do my research on Ajman prior our trip! That was so not me! I wanted to go home with a piece of Ajman in my memory, apart from beach-bumming.
On our way to the bus station from Kempinski Hotel, we passed by an eye-catching fortress. I have a great fascination for castle-like structures! I asked the taxi driver what it was, he mumbled "Ajman Museum". He spoke so fast and in a low-toned voice, we didn't understood what he said at all. When we got nearer, I saw the signage which reads Ajman Museum. A fortress and a museum in one... it's a double delight for me! In a blink of an eye, we asked the driver to stop and we jumped off the cab. Midday, 38 degrees Celsius, a spontaneous plan, a Museum... It was crazy, nerdy-kind of fun!
Ed and I went to ticket counter, paid the 5AED entrance fee per person, read some map and museum instructions.
Impromptu Tour! It's fun to go-with-the-flow sometimes.
Here's a glimpse of Ajman's past at Ajman Museum:
|Our first stop: The Ancient Tombs|
What a pleasant start!
|Al Yazra - drawing water from the well using animals|
|Canons near the museum's entrance|
|Wooden boats used in Pearling|
|Al Majlis - Meeting Place|
|This looks sad!|
Al Hatba - a type of wood for imprisonment
|a view with a Mosque|
|another view of the fort... lovely isn't it?|
|We were the only visitors that time. It was good because we had enough |
time to look around and take pictures, but it was really quiet... and spooky!
|a wax figure of an Al Merwi - person in charge of supplying water|
and Ed getting some rest in a bamboo shed
|one of the many towers|
|doors with intricate details|
Aside from being fascinated with Castles, I also love antique doors!
|the room of the royalties|
a list of the Royal family and some old photos
|treasure chests and tea pots|
|wax figures wearing traditional clothing of Arabs|
|Women can't live without accessories... even eons of years ago!|
| Al Muttawwa'a |
a section which shows Education in the past
|Barjeel - Wind Tower|
We have seen wind towers, but this was the first time that we were actually inside one.
The wind tower, also know as wind catcher, is a natural ventilation structure in buildings.
Armors, daggers, pistols... everything looked familiar except for the odd looking
gun with 4 barrels.
|Another exhibit of an Arabian Home|
|More towers, Ajman's first radio station, the Pearling room, a vintage car, and a|
knight (not in shining armor)
|Areesh - a place of rest|
I can't hardly believe that life in the UAE was this simple years ago.
|The Ajman Fort was built with coral stones and gypsum.|
|This Museum which takes you to the past ironically have modern, techy features!|
There are bar codes for smartphones in every section. Just scan the code with an iPhone
and voila... details about the section will appear on your screen!
|Ajman Museum working hours|
The visit to Ajman Museum was unplanned, but it was definitely a significant part of our trip. Surprisingly, Ed wasn't bored. He actually found it fun and informative. I think I'll take him to Dubai Museum anytime soon! Adventure Buddies, Foodie Couple, Road Trippers and Beach Bummers turned into Museum Raiders! Not bad... not bad at all!