Bahrain National Museum
Al Fatih Highway, Manama, Bahrain
Bahrain National Museum Manama Reviews
Bahrain National Museum Apr 19, 2016
Bahrain National Museum is located between Muharraq and Manama. It was constructed in 1988. I paid 1 Bahraini Dinar to enter, which is equivalent to about $2.66 U.S. Dollars.
Built on a central location between Manama and Muharraq, it consists of 9 main halls, with six different sections classifying the accumulated Bahraini heritage. The history is indicated through 4 millenia detailing an Islamic history hall, the traditional artwork and handicrafts hall, a traditions hall, a burial mounds hall, an ancient manuscripts hall, and a pottery hall.
When my friend and I first walked into the building, I can tell that there was an immediate sound proofing of the interior. The silence from any outside highway noise was very apparent. We first noticed an impressive flooring immersing the complete satellite image of the Bahrain island. Each set piece details Bahrain's history as they described various artifacts, artworks and descriptive mannequins detailing their crafts from cooking to banking. It makes its best attempts to invite the global community as it hosts an annual Bahrain Fine Arts Exhibition that displayed some interesting contemporary art and collages.
A gift shop is available for any souvenirs one would wish to bring home, a restaurant offering Bahraini and international dishes is also inside the Museum. Bahrain National Museum is continually expanding as evidenced by the many sections that are under construction.
Bahrain National Museum proved to be a worthy sightseeing notch under my belt. I may want to visit again to see the outcome of it's growth. It is a solid recommendation though it might not be for everyone.
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Bahrain National Museum Jan 03, 2012
The national museum has an extensive exhibition on the island's history in nine main galleries. Topics include prehistoric times (with burial mounds), Dilmun civilization, Quran and caligraphic inscriptions, colonial era, trade and handicrafts (including pear diving and oil discovery) and a couple of others. Temporary exhibitions often host contemporary local artists while the courts and gardens are full of sculptures, some made by the neighbouring art school.
The ground floor has and aerial view picture of Bahrain on the floor so that you can walk the whole of Bahrain within a few minutes. As of early 2012, Pearl Monument was still on the picture (see separate tip for that).
The museum is located in a relatively modern building which was finished in 1988. As of 2012, the entry fee was 500 fils. The museum gives you an excellent overview about the islands history. Plan 2-3 hours, depending on your interests and on how much time you want to spend on details.
Part of the Bahrain travel blog