Bahrain National Museum, Manama

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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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  • October 5, 2017
    Remarkably musical journey into the Chinese , Hong Kong Canto pop music which included Voices of the Mountain, Butterfly Lovers story, seasons of the wind etc at the Museum's Cultural Hall.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Very interesting National museum with a well thought through child friendly exhibition on the countries cultural background. Nice, but small museum shop.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Start the visit in the evening. Once you have completed inside visit, it will be dark outside and with the lighting a you will be able to enjoy a special atmosphere.  more »
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  • May 21, 2017
    A must visit place if you are in Bahrain. Very nice architecture and ambience. Interesting pieces of history and paintings. Nice cafe there to relax. Lovely place by the sea.
  • July 10, 2017
    Very educational, mixture of history and art. Simply great. Loved it.
  • May 20, 2017
    Usually I do recommend to my friends specially d 1st timer they have to visit d museum all the history artifacts about a certain country was established from pre historic up to d modern age. If I am going to rate this a score of 10 w/ a thumbs up too
  • June 27, 2017
    Interesting artefacts...some part of the museum is closed...still lots of stuff to see..nice cafe too...ample parking and recreational area
  • May 14, 2017
    Beautiful building and it's nice to see that the people love their country. The historical presentation is accessible without being watered down. I was hoping the kids would be more respectful and not touch the artifacts.

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