The History Of Cinema Museum in Dubai is for everyone, adults and children. Anyone who loves cinema will appreciate our story.The purpose of the museum is to share the prehistory of cinema through objects complimented by digital clips and interactive models, collected over 35 years by Mr. Akram Miknas, a Bahraini/Lebanese business man with a passion for photography. Inauguratedby Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, the museum exhibits more than 300 unique artefacts presented for the first time in Middle East, Asia and Africa. This rare and stunning collection is what makes The History of Cinema Museum is the only one of its kind in the world and one of the best Museums in Dubai and the UAE.

All items in the museum are original, dating back from the 1730s to the twentieth century and covering the whole development of visual entertainment, from the earliest days of shadows theaters to the invention of 3D and the birth of modern-day cinema.

Located in Tecom, Barsha Heights, the History Of Cinema Museum offers visitors an interactive experience where children and adults can make a magical journey into the past.

the overview



What will the visitor see and experience?

Housing the private collection of Mr. Akram Miknas, which he has accumulated over twenty-five years, the History of Cinema Museum was born out of Mr. Miknas' wish to share his collection with the public, hoping to inspire   and educate the region with an exciting part of history. All items in the museum are original, dating back from the   1730s to the twentieth century.

The museum is unique not only in its subject matter and location, but in the overall experience. The History of Cinema Museum in Dubai features numerous interactive aspects, allowing for guests of all ages to fully experience the rich history of the moving image by viewing and playing with objects such as peeping into an eighteenth century Dutch peepbox viewer, or turning the reel of an early twentieth century mutoscope to see the flicker effect! 


MCN Hive Building, 1st Floor, TECOM C, Dubai

Opening Hours
The museum is open every day, except Friday, from 9.00am to 6.00pm
30 AED: Adults (18 years+) .
25 AED: University Students with valid ID.
20 AED: Children (18 years and under), High School Students with valid ID.
Guided tours rates available & Must be booked in advance.
School visit rates available, applicable for all age levels, including university age - Must be booked in advance.
The museum is available for hire for meetings and conferences, networking events, private parties, exhibitions, and other special events. Make your event unique by hosting it in Dubai's newest cultural destination. The museum also hosts children's birthday parties.

Contact Us

Tel: +971 4 421 6679
MCN Hive Building, 1st Floor, TECOM C, Dubai.
Email: [email protected] 
Museum Director: [email protected]