Dubai Moving Images Museum

Dubai Moving Images Museum

Dubai Moving Images Museum

Dubai Moving Images Museum

Experience the history of the moving image before cinema.

Since the earliest days of civilization, man has been fascinated with the concept of capturing movement. From prehistoric cave drawings based on light and shadow, to the digital age of cinema, the desire to capture, manipulate, and reproduce images and movement has been widespread. The progression of science and the art of entertainment have always run side by side, ultimately culminating with the birth of the motion picture film.

The Moving Image Museum in Dubai showcases this progression, exhibiting the development of visual entertainment from its inception to the birth of modern-day cinema. The Moving Image Museum in Dubai, one of only a handful of museums in the world focusing on the history of the moving image, is the first and only one of its kind in the Middle East.

Housing the private collection of Mr. Akram Miknas, which he has accumulated over twenty-five years, the Moving Image 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 Moving Image 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!


Located just minutes away from the Internet City Metro station and directly off Sheikh Zayed Road. Near all major roads and close to Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Marina, The Greens, and Ibn Battuta Mall.

Opening Hours

The Dubai Moving Image Museum at Tecom is open from 11am to 7pm, other than on Wednesdays when it shuts at 9pm and Saturdays when it opens at 12pm. Closed Fridays

Museum visits are available at other time by appointment


Adults (18 years+) 50 AED, Children (18 years and under) 25 AED (under 3 free),  Students with valid ID 25 AED, Group and School rates available

Guided tours additional 10 AED per person – 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 is also hosting children’s birthday parties.

Contact Details:

Tel: +971 4 421 6679, +971 56 171 1464
MCN Hive –Tecom, Dubai


Museum Director

Museum Manager


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