Bahrain National Museum, Manama

4.4
#1 of 10 in Museums in Bahrain
Embark on a four millennium journey through the history of Bahrain at Bahrain National Museum, one of the oldest museums in the country and its top attraction. Opened in 1988, the museum occupies a monumental modernist building on the waterfront. Browse through its collections of archeological artifacts related to the ancient Dilmun civilization or comb through traditional pre-industrial handicrafts, old Islamic manuscripts, and various specimens of native flora and fauna. The highlights of this site include an early burial mound (moved to the museum from Hamad Town) and a tableau depicting Bahrain as a Dilmun paradise in a scene from the Epic of Gilgamesh. Look for the 1932 Buick--a gift from the American government--that belonged to the country's first emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa. A visit to Bahrain National Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Manama trip planning website to plot your vacation.
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  • I reviewed some of the negative reviews beforehand and I can only surmise they did not visit the same museum I did. This is a very well done museum. If you are a history nerd as I am you will enjoy th...  more »
  • It is the main Museum in Kingdom of Bahrain, which covers different eras, it shows you the life style of those eras, people occupations and their life cycle, from their birth to their grave.  more »
  • Best place to learn more about Bahrain's history and culture. Even better if you have a guide that tells all those historical stories and explaining the unique culture of the country. Definitely highl...  more »
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  • This is nice Museum giving insights on an client Bahrain tradition, culture and history. Entry fee is only BHD 1 and you can easily spend at least 2 3 hours. Worth visiting, especially if you have to take around your guest who are visiting Bahrain first time. Best time to go is during late afternoon so that you can enjoy the evening outside the museum with nice sea view. Very pleasant feeling and you can have nice photos for your memories. Ask Staff to guide you on how to go to seaside from within Museum...
  • Its an excellent place of learning about history of the Bahrain and Arab countries. The museum is very well managed and exhibition is amazing. For childern ans students its a must visit place and for tourists of course before going to any place in Bahrain if they pay visit to the museum it would be very beneficial for them. They will get an idea about the geography and culture along with historical developments.
  • This is nice Museum giving insights on ancient Bahrain tradition, culture and history. Entry fee is only BHD 1 and you can easily spend at least 2 - 3 hours. Worth visiting, especially if you have to take around your guest who are visiting Bahrain first time. Best time to go is during late afternoon so that you can enjoy the evening outside the museum with nice sea view. Very pleasant feeling and you can have nice photos for your memories. Ask Staff to guide you on how to go to sea side from within Museum. They do have Coffee Shop / Restaurant within the Museum. Some galleries may be closed due to renovations work. They do some sitting place if you feel tired from walking :) (If you like the review please like it, it helps to write more such reviews, it takes just one Click to like the review:) )
  • A nice museum that provides an interesting history of Bahrain. Small children may grow easily bored, though. The best place to take them is to the area with the wax dummies that recreate scenes of early Bahraini life.
  • A good place to show foreigners the history of Bahrain. And even good for locals to go every once a while because they regularly add historic pieces from all over the world like Egypt.
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