Bahrain National Museum

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Bahrain National Museum
Bahrain National Museum Exterior.jpg
Bahrain National Museum
LocationManama, Bahrain
WebsiteGovernment site

The Bahrain National Museum (Arabic: متحف البحرين الوطني‎, also referred to as National Museum of Bahrain) is the largest and one of the oldest public museums in Bahrain. It is constructed near the King Faisal Highway in Manama and opened in December 1988.[1] The US$30 million museum complex covers 27,800 sq meters and consists of two buildings. The National Theatre of Bahrain lies next to the museum.


The museum possess a rich collection of Bahrain's ancient archaeological artifacts acquired since 1988, and covers nearly 5000 years of Bahrain's history. The complex includes three halls devoted to archaeology and the ancient civilisation of the Dilmun, while two other halls depict the culture and lifestyle of Bahrain's recent pre-industrial past. A notable exhibit is the Durand Stone, a long black basalt sculpture dating back to the Babylonian era.

In 1993, a further hall was opened, the Natural History Hall, focusing on the natural environment of Bahrain. This hall features specimens of Bahrain's flora and fauna. Among the exhibits in the ancient history section is an actual burial mound which was transported from its site in the desert and reassembled in the museum. Another feature is a tableau which depicts a scene from the Epic of Gilgamesh (in which reference to Bahrain is made as the paradise of Dilmun).

Old Quranic manuscripts, notes on astronomy and historical documents and letters are exhibited in the Documents and Manuscripts Hall. The building was designed by KHR Arkitekter of Denmark.[2]

The building contains the original nine major galleries, educational hall, gift shop and a cafeteria, in addition to administrative offices, laboratories and warehouses for the Conservation of holdings and parking.[3]The Bahrain National Museum is also one of the major tourist attractions in Bahrain which is visited by thousands of tourists and visitors each year.

Panorama of the Hall of Graves exhibit prior to renovation


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  1. ^ "The National Museum of Bahrain" (PDF). ArchNet. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Kronologisk". KHR Arkitekter. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Bahrain Museum". Archived from the original on 20 November 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012.

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Coordinates: 26°14′29″N 50°35′51″E / 26.2415°N 50.5975°E / 26.2415; 50.5975