The Delma Museum has recently completed a significant restoration project and is now open to the public. Situated on Delma Island, the museum holds great historical significance as it was once the residence and operational hub of Mohammed bin Jassim Al Muraikhi, a prominent pearl merchant. Visitors now have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Abu Dhabi’s rich history by exploring a diverse collection of artifacts that vividly depict the life and culture of the island over a century ago.
A Valuable and Engaging Attraction
His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, stated that conserving and reopening Delma Museum is an important milestone in the cultural strategy for the emirate. The museum will be a valuable and engaging attraction for visitors, residents, and anyone interested in learning more about Abu Dhabi’s rich and diverse history.
From 2019 until 2021, DCT Abu Dhabi conducted regular repairs to maintain the museum while it was closed and instituted a major conservation program to combat rising damp on the walls and floors. An innovative solution was implemented by installing a waterproof membrane underneath the building’s floors and walls. The building’s decorative elements were conserved using compatible mortar and plaster mixes while the surrounding landscape was redesigned.
Safeguarding Cultural Heritage
DCT Abu Dhabi’s initiatives to safeguard and develop the rich cultural resources on Delma Island will continue in the coming years. A similar program of conservation interventions will be undertaken to repair and restore the island’s historic mosques. Additionally, a site management plan and heritage masterplan for the Delma downtown conservation area and the island will be prepared by DCT Abu Dhabi in consultation with key stakeholders to ensure the protection of Delma’s cultural heritage for future generations
For more information, please visit www.delmamuseum.ae