History and museums in Bahrain
Bahrain enjoys a great and diverse in its history and museums in Bahrain heritage, and an ancient civilization. Bahrain was nominated in 2012 as the Capital of Arab Culture and Heritage, in 2013 it was called the Capital of Arab Tourism. This indicates the extent of the sermon of this ancient civilization.
Bahrain is distinguished by the diversity of its museums, and behind every museum, there is an unparalleled story and heritage, so let's get to know them.
History and museums in Bahrain: Bahrain National Museums
The Bahrain National Museum was opened in 1988, one of the most important and oldest museums in Bahrain. It occupied a modern, ancient and huge building on the seafront. The Bahrain National Museum includes unique artefacts of the ancient Dilmun civilization, some ancient Islamic manuscripts, and some local animals and distinctive plants. The Bahraini National Museum also includes notable landmarks of value such as an early burial mound that was transferred to the museum from Hamad Town, a painting depicting Bahrain as the paradise of Dilmun in a scene from the Gilgamesh Epic, and a Buick car which is a gift from the US government which belongs to the first Prince Isa Ibn Salman Al Khalifa in the country.
History and museums in Bahrain: Beit Al Qu’ran Museum
One of the most famous Islamic museums in the world is the Beit Al Qur’an Museum. You can visit it to enjoy rare Islamic manuscripts, ancient Arabic calligraphy and some wooden carvings. It also contains the first copy of the Islamic Mashf, which is considered a valuable relic for Muslims in the world. The museum includes a translated copy of the Islamic Qur’an dating back to 955 CE, in addition to miniature copies that require magnifying lenses for reading. The rest of the museum contains a huge library with more than 50,000 books and manuscripts, a ballroom, and a mosque.
History and museums in Bahrain: Oil Museum and first oil well
An adventure through the history and origins of the world's oil industry at the Oil Museum and the first oil well. Double-check the opening times for both the museum and the oil well, there are few people visit this desert site, only you can be reached by private car from Manama.
History and museums in Bahrain: Bahrain Military Museum
This museum was inaugurated on the fifth day of February 2013 to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the Bahrain Defense Force. It was opened by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
The museum is divided into five different sections (The Main Hall, Hall of Rulers, Hall of Castle, Hall of Horses) Each of the previous sections will amaze you with its greatness, and you will be more amazed when you get to know the story of each section and know what it tells of the great history.
The Main Hall
It contains the most important paintings of specific battles that took place in Bahrain during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These paintings transport you to another world, a world full of wars and victories, and make you feel proud of your country, one of the most entertaining museums that local tourists enjoy as they tell them about Bahrain's war history and transfer them to this world.
Hall of Rulers
In this section, you will learn about the history of the war development of the small kingdom of Bahrain, you will review the history of how the invasion of Bahrain by Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fateh, in addition to the map of the battles that were used in ancient wars.
The Castle Hall
There were about 18 large and small forts in Bahrain to protect soldiers previously, and they were used as part of war plans in the past but many of them are now in ruins except for four that have been restored.
Hall of Horses
The Bahraini horses played a very important role in wars and battles in the face of the enemy, so the horses replaced tanks and planes in ancient times before technological development, and spears and swords were the missiles, pistols, machine guns and modern weapons that are used today.
Details of the museum
The first floor of the museum is dedicated to the Navy, Air Force, military uniform, the Kuwait Liberation War, medals, and ammunition.
The exterior also has a car park and also hosts CINE CAFE, which is a popular café in Bahrain that serving, coffee, sandwiches, juices, milkshakes, pizzas, salads and delicious food and drinks more than of the previous.