Museums and Galleries Tour (Self Guided), Manama

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 museums in Manama.
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Museums and Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Tour
Guide Location: Bahrain » Manama (See other walking tours in Manama)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.4 Km or 4.6 Miles
Author: ellen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bahrain National Museum
  • Beit Al-Qur'an
  • The Currency Museum
  • La Fontaine Center of Contemporary Art
  • Dar Al Bareh Gallery
Bahrain National Museum

1) 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 Old Koranic manuscripts, notes on astronomy and historical documents and letters are exhibited in the Documents and Manuscripts Hall.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
Beit Al-Qur'an

2) Beit Al-Qur'an (must see)

The Beit Al Qur'an, or the House of Koran, is an Islamic museum built to accommodate a comprehensive and valuable collection of the Koran and rare manuscripts. The complex includes a mosque, a library, an auditorium, a school and museum that has ten exhibition halls. The museum houses an internationally celebrated collection of historic Koranic manuscripts from various parts of the Islamic world, from China in the East to Spain in the West. The manuscripts chart the progression of calligraphic traditions from the first century of the Islamic era to the present day. Visitors of all faiths are welcome.
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Currency Museum

3) The Currency Museum

If you love money, are a collector of old coins, or want to learn about the history of Bahrain's monetary system, you should visit the Currency Museum. Conveniently located in the same building as the Central Bank of Bahrain, the museum displays ancient Arabic, Byzantine and Islamic golden and silver coins, as well as some rare coins. All the museum's pieces are accompanied by detailed historical information.
La Fontaine Center of Contemporary Art

4) 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
Dar Al Bareh Gallery

5) Dar Al Bareh Gallery

Manama may not have many galleries, but the Dar Al Bareh Gallery compares favorably to galleries in some of the world's largest cities. The gallery displays paintings, sculptures and pottery created by many prominent Manama artists. The exhibits are for sale and you can also buy painting supplies. The gallery hosts art classes if you want to try out your skills.

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