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Museums

Bahrain National Museum

Sheikh Hamad Causeway, East Corniche

Daily, 8am-8pm

First 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

Karbabad Village

Tues-Sun, 8am-8pm

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

Thur, 9am-12pm

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.

 

Currency Museum

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

Sun-Wed, 7am-2pm

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. 

Archaeological and Historical Sites

Qala't Al Bahrain Site (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Karbabad Village

17 564 654

Daily, 8am-6pm

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.

 

Burial Mounds

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

A'ali Village

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 Temples

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.

 

Sar Settlement

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.  

 

Diraz Temple

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.

Arad Fort

Arad

17 672 278

Sun-Wed, 7am-2pm 

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

Riffa

Sun-Wed, 7am-2pm

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

Muharraq

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.

Traditional Houses

Al Jasra House (Bait Al Jasra)

Jasra Village

Daily, 8am-2pm

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

Sat-Tues, 8am-2pm

Wed-Thu, 9am-6pm

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.

 

Siyadi House

Road 911, Muharraq

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. 

Crafts

A'ali Pottery Workshop

A'ali village

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

Jasra Village

Daily, 8am-2pm

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. 

 

Textile Weaving

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

Salmaniya

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.

 

Capital Mall

Seef District

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. 

Places of worship

Al Fateh Mosque

Al Fatheh Highway, Juffair

Sat-Thu, 9am-4pm

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

Sun-Wed, 7am-2pm 

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.

 

Siyadi Mosque

Muharraq

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.

Theatre

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. 

Art Galleries

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

Daily, 10am-10pm

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

17230123

Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm

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

17335616 

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