Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi to be largest of its kind in region

Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi will be part of Saadiyat Cultural District

Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi will be one of the largest of its kind in the region, once construction is completed by the end of 2025, The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and Miral, have jointly announced.

The authorities marked the 65 per cent completion of the overall development of the 35,000 sqm Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi last month.

Upon completion, the museum located within Saadiyat Cultural District, will take visitors on a 13.8-billion-year journey through time and space – from the earliest origins of our universe, exploring the abundance of life on Earth today, and looking into the future.

In addition to global natural history, this narrative will be framed through an Arabian lens for the first time, with the fauna, flora, and geological history of the region, a prominent part of the visitors’ journey.

Exceptional specimens and significant artefacts unlock some of the most important stories of the natural world. These specimens and stories will be enhanced by immersive displays, built on a foundation of research and scientific analysis.

The museum is carefully curated by a dedicated team of specialists, world-leading scholars and natural science experts.

The Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi will also serve as a research and educational institution, supporting scientific knowledge and creating a think tank for future innovation and emerging technologies. A dedicated research facility will undertake innovative scientific studies in zoology, palaeontology, marine biology, molecular research and earth sciences.

The museum will join the diverse cultural institutions and museums that comprise Saadiyat Cultural District, which features Louvre Abu Dhabi; Manarat Al Saadiyat cultural centre; and Berklee Abu Dhabi.

The district will soon welcome Zayed National Museum (the national museum of the UAE), Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (focusing on modern and contemporary art); and teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi.