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Bahrain National Museum, Manama

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History Museum Museum
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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  • Park in front of the museum and then explore the statues on your way into the museum. The entrance cost is minimal. It is a very nice, clean museum. I went that day to see a special exhibition of the ...  more »
  • The Museum is very beautiful, but there are some sections closed for maintenance, weikhtag to renew where I felt boring quickly because it's my second visit.
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  • A must do!! I love this place...a lot of collection, display and informative... We paid 1 BD (10SAR) for each person, which is very cheap for this kind of place Unfortunately, some area is under const...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very educational, mixture of history and art. Simply great. Loved it.
  • 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
  • Interesting artefacts...some part of the museum is closed...still lots of stuff to see..nice cafe too...ample parking and recreational area
  • 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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