Oman and the World: A Musical Journey

Taking you from the resonances of the natural world to the pinnacle of human musical endeavour

The Royal Opera House
Muscat, Oman

‘Oman and the World: A Musical Journey’ is a permanent exhibition for the Royal Opera House Muscat House of Musical Arts. The exhibition is a world class visitor attraction – the heart of the new Muscat cultural district.

As Exhibition Designers 59 Productions have created a wealth of compelling and intuitive exhibits and experiences throughout the 850m2 space, incorporating cutting edge interactive technology with captivating content and arresting architectural design. The exquisitely realised exhibition charts the story of music in a rich and immersive journey from sounds appearing in nature, through the science and techniques of instrumentation, to the role music plays in our societies and inside each of us.

Opening On the 1st June 2022


Immersive Spaces


An immersive space exploring sound and the natural world

Oud Room

A duet between performer and instrument maker


The finale space allows you to step inside an orchestra and experience the sound like you’ve never heard it before


Instrument Plinth

Explore the science of sound through different families of instruments


A communal drumming experience celebrating rhythms from around the world

The Design Process


The spectacular Royal Opera House Muscat where the exhibition is located

Transforming the shell

Images of the site before work on the exhibition commenced

Narrative & Spatial Concept

The exhibition is experienced in two Acts: the Science of Sound and the Culture of Music




Produced by

The Royal Opera House Muscat

Curated by

Tom Nelson for ROHM

59 Team

Project Director

Lysander Ashton

Lead Video and Content Designer

Tom Wexler

Lead Architectural Designers

Daniel Liston
Cristina Salvi

Lead Graphics Designer

Dale Croft

Executive Producer

Richard Slaney


Ben Hosford

Technical and Production Manager

James Roxburgh

Assistant Producer

Hope Delicata

Sound Design & Acoustic Consultancy

Coda to Coda

Lighting Design

DHA Designs

Cost Consultant

Fraser Randall

AVL Supply & Installation

Mustafa Sultan Security & Communications Systems Co. LLC

Video Designers

Dale Croft
Felix Green

Real Time Designer

Laurien Ash


Felix Faire
Chris Plant
Matt Murton
Jack Heriz-Smith

Video & Digital Content Team

Jason Devine
Max Italiaander
Nicol Scott
Ed Saunders
Lawrence Watson
Jarek Radecki
Graham Keith
Simran Phull
Edd Stockton
Matt Taylor
Jamie McComb
Hanna Schrage
Annie Tadne

Graphics Assistants

Aimee Stroud
Hanna Schrage

Graphics Arabic Consultant

Areej Khan


Kate Munday

Architectural Designers

Asha Pandit
Claudia Fragoso
Hannah Rosenberg
Matthew Wreglesworth
Melanie Sourisseau
Ayanna Blair-ford

Project Manager & Technical Liaison

Richard Williamson

System Programmer

Chris Dunkin

Technical Assistant

Richard Wells

Lighting Programmer

Paul Walmsley

Technical Tea

Jamie Gadney
Iain Syme
Graham Keith
Jay Mayer

Producing Assistant

Ellen Kenyon-Peers

Exhibition Photography

© ROHM / Khalid al Busaidi