The Dubai Municipality Museum was opened in February 2006, offering an insight into the civic body and Dubai as a whole.

Its focus is the stages of the body's development since it was made an independent entity in 1957 and is housed in the Municipality's old office building built in the mid-1950s.

The Municipality headquarters moved to a building in Al Maktoum Street in 1964 and then moved to its current location in Deira's Bani Yas Street in 1980.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Acting Director General of Dubai Municipality, said at the time that the museum embodies the rich heritage of [our] forefathers. The building was renovated using traditional materials, which restored it to its former glory, he added.

Artifacts on show include orders of former and current officials, in particular an order of the late Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, appointing municipal council members.

Rare photographs on display show historic scenes of a meeting of the first municipal council, the public library in 1962, Deira's clocktower roundabout in 1963 and work on the Shindagha Tunnel in 1975, among others.

Opening hours: Saturday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm
Admission: Free