The Museum


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 Dubai Moving Image Museum showcases this progression, exhibiting the development of visual entertainment from its inception to the birth of modern-day cinema. The Dubai Moving Image Museum, 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.

The Location

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

Nearby Ramee Rose Hotel.

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 Batuta Mall.

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The Collection

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



Among the first expressions of imagery was the use of shadow.

The artistic use of shadow in storytelling was developed in ancient China during the Han dynasty and gained huge popularity throughout Asian culture. The art form later spread across the Ottoman Empire and reached Europe in the mid-18th century.


Contact Us

Tel: +971 4 421 6679, +971 56 171 1464

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


Museum Director:

Museum Manager:Alizee Sarazin

Museum Assistant:

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Opening Hours

Opening Hours

The museum is open every day, except Friday, from 11am to 6pm.


- 50 AED: Adults (18 years+) .

- 25 AED: Children (18 years and under), 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 is also hosting children's birthday parties.


Support the Dubai Moving Image Museum - Become a Member


Support the museum by becoming a member. The Dubai Moving Image Museum is proud to be a unique cultural and historical destination in Dubai and our members can take pride in being “Museum Ambassadors,” their support playing an important role in the early stages of the museum’s development. Enjoy great member benefits such as free general admission, discounts in our gift shop, and more. Stop by the museum or email us a for membership application form.


Members will enjoy one year of benefits:

- Unlimited free general admission to the museum
- Monthly newsletter
- 10% discount at Lila Café
- 10% discount in the museum gift shop
- Discounts and privileges for all special events (workshops, screenings, exhibitions, etc)
- One surprise envelope...


Membership Categories:

- Student Membership (with a valid student ID): 100 AED.  Basic member benefits listed above + 1 single-use guest pass.

- Individual Membership: 200 AED. Basic member benefits listed above + 2 single-use guest passes.

-Family  Membership:  400 AED.  Basic member benefits, for two adults and up to three accompanied children + 2 single-use guest passes + 1 complimentary guided tour (by appointment) + 20% discount on the museum facilities rental + discounts and free benefits on the special family events (workshops, screenings, brunches, etc).

- Corporate Membership: The museum offers a wide range of benefits, including free admission to the Museum for your employees, access to special events, discounts, as well as opportunities to host events in the museum stunning facilities.

Corporate Membership packages can be customised to fit your company's budget and objectives.