By Sarah Townsend
Five cafes in Manama Souq to be turned into ‘pop up’ museums as part of cultural initiative
Five cafes in Manama Souq are to be turned into ‘pop up’ museums as part of a government-backed cultural initiative.
The makeshift museums will feature pictures depicting Bahrain’s history over the past century, and visitors will be able to find out about old industries such as farming, fishing and pearling.
The project by the Manama Souq Development Committee is part of a series of arts and cultural activities intended to rejuvenate the souq, according to a report in the Gulf Daily News.
“The aim is to give a taste of Bahrain’s longstanding history, heritage and traditions to tourists,” committee vice-chairman Mahmoud Al Namliti was quoted as saying.
A good idea but not unique. I remember decades ago travelling on the British Railways and there were museums on most of the station platforms where you could find ancient examples of dried sandwiches and very old tea. Okay - they still called them cafes but I think they qualified as museums.