The Bahrain National Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in Bahrain. Within its walls, cultural heritage is preserved for prosperity as there are many exhibits on display for the general public. The museum is situated in the capital city of Manama, near the King Faisal Highway, making it easily accessible to Bahraini citizens as well as tourists that visit the country. Being preserved and displayed within the museum is a collection of 6,000 years worth of Bahrain’s rich cultural heritage and history. The museum possesses a number of exhibits that will enthrall as well as educate the many visitors of Bahrain’s colorful past.
The 27,800 square meter complex has four halls and nine major galleries which cover everything from Bahrain’s natural history as well as its cultural history. Three of the halls are specifically set up to cater to the ancient civilization of Dilmun, from whom the modern Bahrainis are said to have descended from. The displays of genuine archeological artifacts are easily accessed by the general public. Some of them are actual recreations of the digging site meticulously transported to the museum and painstakingly reassembled within the halls. One of the marquee exhibits is an actual burial mound that was faithfully recreated within the museum after being excavated from the desert. Also, a Tableau of a scene from the Epic of Gilgamesh is an enjoyable and awe inspiring attraction. A tableau is a still life recreation of a scene with actual artists. But unlike a play, the characters stay perfectly still. Aside from the cultural and historical exhibits, there are also examples of Bahrain’s natural history found within the museum.
The natural history hall is a separate wing of the museum fully devoted to the display of ecological treasures of Bahrain. This hall contains examples of the various flora and fauna found in Bahrain’s natural habitats. Also on display are relics of Bahrain’s natural past including dinosaur bones. In fact, a towering Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton stands high on a perfectly polished marble floor that is simply breathtaking and inspiring to see.
Aside from the treasures within the museum, the building complex in itself is a piece of art. When it opened in 1988, the site was architecturally designed with modern styling that is still a pleasure to look at until this day. Gleaming white floors and cool ambient lighting highlight each and every room which gives the exhibit a fitting canvas to be displayed upon. The periphery and grounds around the museum are architectural pieces of art in their own right. With vast open spaces decorated with modern sculptures, the museum pays homage to ideals of the Islamic world. The grounds around the museum are a peaceful place to sit and relax in the open air while marveling on all the different things one has seen in the museum. The Bahrain National Museum is a great collection of Bahraini culture, history, and environments making it a worthwhile visit for anyone interested in the wonders of culture and history.