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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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  • A cool place to get an introduction to the Bahraini history: Dilmun artifacts, Islamic period artifacts, Bahraini customs and traditions. There was also an impressive (unfortunately temporary...  more »
  • I had a great experience walking through this wonderful museum. I only spent a few hours, in the museum. But I did learn about the Dilmun, Tylos, and Awal civilizations, that came before Sheikh...  more »
  • My first impression of this museum is that it's spread across a very large area! There's ample parking space. There's plenty of trees planted around it, so, there's nice and cold breeze over there. The inside of the Museum building is divided in 5 sections like Design and Arts, History etc. It is worth a visit. The entrance fee is 5 Bahrain Dinar.
  • I visited in early Oct. 2019. This was one of the best museums I have visited in the Middle East. The artifacts were great, the information was very helpful. Unlike other museums that do not exhibit the full truth, this museum did and it was great to connect historical accounts learned to what was displayed in the museum. If you visit Bahrain, it is a must to go and spend some time. I spent almost 3 hours there.

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