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Bahrain National Museum, Manama
(4.4/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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. Our Manama vacation trip planner makes visiting Bahrain National Museum and other Manama attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This is an excellently curated museum, and is a great place to begin your Bahrain visit. It has exhibits on the country's ancient origins up to today's cultural practices. My favorite part is right af...  more »
  • A beautiful modern informative museum, smartly highlighting the ancient history of Bahrain, its folklore and the pearl trade. The reconstructed village on the top floor is excellent. 
  • This museum, which is perceived to be a pride of the city of Manama, is relatively recent and is filled with historical information. I think that could be better organized in terms of chronology. In any case it is worth "lose" (win in this case) a good time to visit this museum.
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  • Very well organised & lots of information on such a beuatiful country Musuem management are so clever & loyal to their country to maintain such an important piece of art in a good shape for all visitors Thanks
  • Best museum in the area.. Groups the history of Bahrain and presents it well. Usually has interesting exhibitions going on too. Beautiful amazing view from the café which is a great calm place to hang out or read.
  • Every local guide has their views but mine is great atmosphere for families and schools to learn more about Bahrain's past. Displays are maintained. enjoy this beautiful gem
  • Good for a quick visit. Ticket is 1BD you may spend one hour. Havr almost everything you need to know about Bahrain history
  • The mos biggest Museum in Bahrain, very close to it National Theater , Art Center (Fine Art Gallery),Cultural Hall (Performance Hall) , all these opposite the Diplomatic Aria ,in Manama