Bahrain National Museum
Sheikh Hamad Causeway, East Corniche
museum in the Gulf, the National Museum opened in 1988. It houses a rich collection of
archaeological artifacts covering 6000 years of Bahrain's history. The permanent exhibition also
features an ethnographic section and a selection of Bahrain's leading artists. The Museum hosts temporary exhibitions all year long.
Qala't Al Bahrain Site Museum
Located along the
waterfront close to the palm groves, the museum makes up the gateway to Qalat al Bahrain site (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and evokes its historical development (2200BC- 17th century
AD). The exhibition halls organized are along an 8 meters wall recreating the
archaeological layers recovered on site.
Beit Al Qu'ran
Off Exhibition Avenue, Diplomatic Area
Sat-Wed, 9am-12pm & 4-6pm
Housed in a spectacular Arabic script engraved building, Beit al Quran showcases a significant collection of Quranic manuscripts and scriptures dating back to the 7th century.The place hosts a space for art exhibitions, a small mosque, a distinguished library and learning environment for Islamic teaching.
Central Bank of Bahrain, Diplomatic Area
Sun-Thu, 7.30 am – 1pm
The Currency Museum is located in the Central Bank of Bahrain. It features a significant collection of Roman, Byzantine and Islamic coins including one of the rarest Islamic coins in the world. The Museum equally traces the development of currency in Bahrain.
Dar Al Naft - Oil Museum
South of Jebel Al Dukhan
Fri & Sat, 10am-5pm & by appointment
The Oil Museum documents the history and discovery of oil. The exhibits consist of old drilling equipments, photographs, rock samples in addition to topographical maps and some information about the companies involved in oil industry in the kingdom. Next to the museum is situated Bahrain's first oil well.
Riffa Site Museum
Sheikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort
Thur & Sat, 9am-6pm; Fri, 3-6pm
The Museum at the Sheikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort documents the history and tradition of the ruling Al Khalifa family. The interactive permanent exhibition is installed in a free standing pavilion built within the larger courtyard of the Fort and designed to highlight the historical architectural features of the Fort.
Qala't Al Bahrain Site (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
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Qalat al-Bahrain is one of the most important archaeological site in the Arabian Gulf and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The fort is located atop a 17.5 hectare artificial hill that was built over more than 4000 years of occupation. It is the site of the former capital of Dilmun and its ancient harbor and one of the most important archaeological sites in the Arabian Gulf. Over the past 50 years, the excavations have revealed residential, public, commercial and military structures that testify to the importance of the site over the centuries. These findings are brought to life by an audio guide available at the site museum.
Pearling; Testimony of an Island Economy" (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Different locations in Muharraq
The Pearling trail describes the unique story of pearling in Bahrain through physical testimonies. It consists of three oyster beds located in the northern territorial waters of Bahrain, a seashore and a fortress on the southern tip of Muharraq Island, and seventeen buildings in the heart of the city of Muharraq linked by a 2 miles long trail. The listed buildings include residences of wealthy merchants, shops, storehouses and a mosque. The Pearling trail describes the unique story of pearling in Bahrain and its physical testimony.
Different locations South of Manama
Bahrain's most mysterious ancient remains, the burial mounds make up the largest prehistoric graveyard in the world. They are unique in terms of sheer number and concentration and span the Dilmun (3rd to 1st millennium BC) and Tylos periods (2nd century BC to 3rd century AD).
A'ali Burial Mounds
The Royal tombs in Aali are Bahrain's best preserved mounds. Impressive in terms of size and planning, these mounds have yielded royal treasures now on display at the Bahrain National Museum.
Barbar Village, Off Budaiya Highway
The Barbar complex consists of three successive temples built over 5 stages and dating to the 2nd and 3rd millennia BC. They were built on platforms and organized around a courtyard. A sunken chamber enclosing a fresh water spring constitutes the focus of the main cult believed to be associated with the Mesopotamia God of wisdom and sweet water Enki.
Saar Village, off Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Highway
The Sar settlement features an entire residential quarter comprising well-preserved courtyard houses, a temple and a very unique honeycomb shaped cemetery. The 3rd millennium BC site offers fascinating insights into the daily life of the ancient inhabitants of Bahrain.
Ain Umm Al-Sujur Site
North of Diraz Village, Off Budayai Highway
Ain Umm Al-Sujur is the largest fresh water spring in Bahrain. The archeological findings near the well and its chamber dates the site to the 2nd millennium BC.
East of Diraz Village, Off Budayai Highway
The Temple in Diraz used must have been an impressive religious structure as reflected by the remains of large cylindrical limestone columns. The archaeological findings date it to the third millennium BC.
Jabal Al Dukhan
South of Manama, Sakhir area
Jabal Al Dukhan "Mountain of smoke" is Bahrain's highest hill. It is named in reference to the haze which often surrounds it on humid days. The mountain is surrounded by a number of caves and is rich in petrol and natural gaz. Prehistoric artifacts (c.a. 5000 BC) were recovered in this area.
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Thu & Sat, 9am-6pm; Fri, 3-6pm
Strategically located at a sea passage, the Arad fort is a typical example of Omani military architecture at the end of the 15th and early 16th centuries. This fort was once the site of fierce battles and underwent different construction phases. Arad fort hosts seasonal festivals throughout the year.
Sheikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort
Thur & Sat, 9am-6pm; Fri, 3-6pm
The Fort was built in 1812 by Sheikh Ahmed Al Fateh on the site of a previous structure. Overlooking the Hunanaiya Valley, the fort was the seat of Government until 1869 and the residence of the ruling family through the 1970ies. It consists of rooms built around two courtyards and provides interesting insights into the lifestyle of the ruling family.
Bu Maher Fort
The Bu Maher Fort constitutes the maritime entrance to the Pearl Path (Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy project - UNESCO World Heritage site). The visitor center, situated on the only remaining stretch of natural coastline in Muharraq includes information on the Pearl Trail and is the point of contact of the project with the sea and the protected oyster beds to the north of the Island.
Al Jasra House (Bait Al Jasra)
Built in 1907, Al Jasra House is the birthplace of the late Amir Sheikh Issa Bin Salman Al Khalifa. It represents a good example of traditional rural dwelling consisting of small rooms arranged around a central courtyard. Today, Al Jasra House functions as a center for traditional handicrafts.
Sheikh Isa Bin Ali House
Sheikh Abdulla Ave, Muharraq
The House of Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa was his residence and the seat of his government. This beautiful house offers insight into royal life in the 19th century. It consists of several rooms arranged around four courtyards and characterized by its windtowers. It is considered one of the most impressive example of Gulf Islamic architecture on the island.
Sheikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research
Various locations in Muharraq
Sat-Thu, 8am-1pm & 4-7pm
Built on the site of the majilis of Sheikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, the center functions as a forum for dialogue between people in philosophy, literature, poetry, culture and the arts. It consists of several houses spread around Muharraq and one in Manama, all showcasing different aspects of Bahrain's rich heritage.
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The house of Ahmed Bin Jasim Siyadi, a former eminent pearl merchant in the 19th century, is a beautiful example of Muharraq historic buildings. Its three storey façade features unique curved corners and beautiful stucco work. The house is part of the "Pearling; testimony of an Island Economy" – UNESCO World Heritage site.
A'ali Pottery Workshop
The A'ali workshops constitute the heart of Bahrain's pottery industry. The artisans in A'ali still use traditional methods that have been handed down generation after generation, firing their pieces using ancient kilns. Some artisans have used the ancient burial mounds to fire their clay…
Al Jasra Handicrafts
The handicrafts center revives traditional artisanship and crafts. Local artisans engage in an array of traditional crafts ranging from pottery making and embroidery to basket weaving.
Dhow Building Yard
Muharraq sea front, along Khalifa Al Kabeer Avenue
Dhows are still made today by skilled artisans following techniques passed down from father to son. Craftsmen curve the teakwood hulls and hammer the planks together into beautiful seacraft.
Bani Jamra Village, near Budaiya Highway
The Bani Jamra village is famed for its textile weavers. The local artisans produce works of arts on their manual operated looms.
The Craft Centre
Sunday to Thursday, 7am – 2pm
The Craft Centre is run entirely by Bahraini women. It has some of the most exquisite creations ranging from jewellery, iron, wood and paper products to embroidered and crocheted goods as well as highly artistic Arabic calligraphy.
Daily, 9am – 2pm & 3pm-9pm
The Capital Mall houses around 30 handicraft stalls and shops. Different craftsmen work during weekdays in the main hall of the mall.
Al Fateh Mosque
Al Fatheh Highway, Juffair
Closed to non-Muslim Fri
The Grand Mosque is Bahrain’s largest worship place. It was built by the late Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa in 1987 and was named after Ahmed Al Fateh. The mosque accommodates up to 7000 worshiper and is crowned with the largest fiberglass dome in the world. The walls of the mosque are beautifully ornamented with Kufic calligraphy.
Al Khamis Mosque
Sheikh Salman Highway, Bilad Al Qadim
Thu & Sat, 9am-6pm; Fri, 3-6pm
Built around 692 AD, Al Khamis Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in the Arab world. The identical twin minarets of this ancient Islamic monument make it easily noticeable. The foundation could date sometimes during the 11th century. It has since been rebuilt in the 14th and the 15th centuries, when the minarets were constructed.
Part of the Siyadi House complex which belonged to a former eminent pearl merchant in the 19th century, the Siyadi Mosque is the oldest preserved mosque in Muharraq and is still used for daily prayers.
Bahrain National Theatre
Sheikh Hamad Causeway, East Corniche
The National Theatre opened in 2012. It features a main auditorium (1001 seats), a flexible auditorium (150 seats) and exhibition area. The impressive building is organized around a void central space, in the manner of an Arabian palace.
Al Bareh Gallery
Road 3601 Adliya, Behind Carlton Hotel
Sat-Thu, 10am-4pm & 6-8pm
Al Bareh gallery hosts exhibitions by leading regional artists. A diverse program of exhibitions runs throughout the year in the airy art gallery while an adjoining space is devoted to a not-for-profit initiative, ABCAD devoted to art experimentation.
Al Riwaq Gallery
Osman Bin Zaid Avenue, Block 338 Adliya
A non-profit gallery primarily exhibiting the works of emerging artists from Bahrain and the region intercepted by exhibitions by international artists. It also hosts a number of distinctive exhibitions through the years along with regular workshops and movie screenings.
Bin Mattar House
Rd 1129, Muharraq
Sat-Thu, 9am-1pm & 4-7pm
Housed in the house of a former eminent pearl merchant, Bin Mattar is one of the beautifully restored houses of the Sheikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research. The gallery organizes several distinguished exhibitions throughout the year.
La Fontaine Art Center
Hoora Ave, Manama
Housed in a traditional courtyard residence, La Fontaine center hosts several exhibitions annually complemented by a wide array of performances. The house was restored and remodeled in the nineteenth century adding a dramatic garden and water fountain.
Rashid Al Oraifi Gallery and Museum
Rd 214, Muharraq
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