Cultural Venues of Manama (Self Guided), Manama

Islamic culture is one of the richest and most ancient in the world. Bahrain shares many elements of Islamic culture but has its own unique history and traditions. Manama's art galleries, museums and craft centers are intended to develop and preserve the culture of Bahrain and to share the country's culture with those who are interested. Take this tour to visit some of Bahrain's most popular cultural attractions.
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Cultural Venues of Manama Map

Guide Name: Cultural Venues of Manama
Guide Location: Bahrain » Manama (See other walking tours in Manama)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 Km or 4.8 Miles
Author: ellen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Gulf International Convention & Exhibition Center
  • Craft Center
  • La Fontaine Center of Contemporary Art
  • Ibrahim Al Arrayed Poetry House
  • Golden Tulip
  • Bahrain National Museum
Gulf International Convention & Exhibition Center

1) Gulf International Convention & Exhibition Center

The Gulf International Convention & Exhibition Center is located in the Gulf Hotel, one of the biggest hotels in Manama. The Center is an impressive, functional venue, where the city's most important cultural events are held. The Gulf International Convention & Exhibition Center has exhibition areas and conference halls outfitted with high-level electronics capable of supporting large, prestigious events.
Craft Center

2) Craft Center

At Manama's Craft Center, you can experience a true taste of Islamic culture. More than 80 vendors sell traditional Middle Eastern handicrafts. You can find jewelry, dolls, preserved flowers, embroidered clothing and artistic calligraphy here. This place opens the door to the world of Eastern Culture.
La Fontaine Center of Contemporary Art

3) La Fontaine Center of Contemporary Art

The La Fontaine Center of Contemporary Art is located in an old pearl merchant’s home, which is representative of 19th-century Islamic architecture. The center houses a restaurant, a spa, a gallery of international art and an open-air area, where performances are held under the starry sky. La Fontaine is a unique fusion of the traditional and modern in art and cuisine.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9 am – 11 pm
Ibrahim Al Arrayed Poetry House

4) Ibrahim Al Arrayed Poetry House

Ibrahim Al Arrayed Poetry House is part of the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research. The house is dedicated to one of Bahrain’s foremost poets, Ebrahim Al Arrayed. Poetry sessions and literary exhibitions are frequently held here.
Golden Tulip

5) Golden Tulip

Although Manama has no dedicated theater, performances are held in different venues throughout the city, including the Golden Tulip, for example. A professional UK theater group stages three separate performances here a year. There are also some local theater groups that perform in different languages. Theater productions in Manama are well-attended and are highly-anticipated events on the city calendar.
Bahrain National Museum

6) Bahrain National Museum (must see)

The Bahrain National Museum is the largest and one of the oldest museums in Bahrain. It is located near King Faisal Highway in Manama. The museum possesses a rich collection of Bahrain's ancient archaeological artifacts that covers more than 6,000 years of Bahrain's history. The museum complex includes three halls devoted to archaeology and the ancient civilization of Dilmun and another two halls that depict the culture and lifestyle of Bahrain's recent pre-industrial past. In 1993 the Natural History Hall opened. 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 original site in the desert. Another feature is a tableau depicting a scene from the Epic of Gilgamesh. Old Koranic 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Manama, Bahrain

Create Your Own Walk in Manama

Create Your Own Walk in Manama

Creating your own self-guided walk in Manama is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Architectural Jewels of Manama

Architectural Jewels of Manama

In Manama you can find numerous examples of modern architecture in addition to beautiful traditional structures. Zamil Tower is an excellent example of the blending of modernism and traditionalism. Take this tour to visit the architectural highlights of Manama, from its glittering skyscrapers to its Islamic mosques.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles
Manama Introduction Walking Tour

Manama Introduction Walking Tour

Manama is a modern looking metropolis that has been at the center of major trade routes for centuries. The capital city of Bahrain, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Gulf” for its pearl industry playing an important role in the national economy, the city projects an image of prosperity, and is replete with monuments, fountains, parks and archaeological sites. The Bahrain National Museum charts...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 Km or 4.4 Miles
Museums and Galleries Tour

Museums and Galleries Tour

Manama doesn't have many museums and galleries, but those it does have are definitely worth a visit. The Bahrain National Museum has lots of interesting exhibits and showcases a number of the country's ancient artifacts. Also be sure to check out the city's galleries that display a variety of pieces by local and international artists. Take this tour to visit the best galleries and...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.4 Km or 4.6 Miles
Shopping Tour of Manama

Shopping Tour of Manama

Manama, a bright city with a rich culture, has an abundance of places to shop, including souks, which specialize in local handicrafts, and grand malls that offer something for everyone. Bahrain is known for its natural pearls and gold, so you can find some spectacular jewelry here. Striking handmade carpets are another Bahrain specialty. Take this tour to visit the most popular shopping spots in...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

Manama is a primarily Islamic city and is home to a number of mosques, which are each unique in their own way. The city's mosques are more than just places of worship; they are architectural masterpieces and vivid examples of Bahrain's culture and religion. Don't leave Manama without visiting the splendid mosques and religious buildings found on this walking tour.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 Km or 3.9 Miles