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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  • 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..
  • 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.
  • A must see for anyone visiting Bahrain. The entry is 1 BD and the entry ticket is a post card that you can keep as a souvenir. (Pretty well thought out!)It is a good place to spend about an hour and half. (Lots of historical artifacts and even a pearling exhibit is presented to the visitors!)The coffee shop is great for inviting your visitors in for a decent cup of tea or coffee.
  • Nice place all from the start, with a great view of the sea and the complete map of Bahrain on floor the place really catches your interest. The museum doesn't have much on display comparing to some other places I've visited but it does keep you interested. This is a place for you if you looking to explore Bahrain's culture and history. If you went for the Islamic history this will disappoint you. All together a must weekend visit for people who cherish art and culture.
  • One of the best place to visit in Bahrain. There are many articles,sulptures and archeological materials showcased here which will help us to learn more about the country's history. The museum is huge and spacious. It also has a theatre or opera House nearby which is worth a visit.
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