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Gallery: Top 10 museums to check out in Bahrain

Visit the best museums in Bahrain and learn more about the rich cultural heritage and history.

Gallery: Top 10 museums to check out in Bahrain

Bahrain Fort Museum

Qal'at Al-Bahrain, or the Bahrain Fort, is an extremely important archaeological site for understanding Bahrain from the Dilmun empire up until the 18th century – but if you truly want to get your head around the Kingdom’s history, head to this museum. The collection is focused around five different historical periods and you’ll soon be up-to-speed on the fort’s occupants over the centuries.

BHD2. Tue-Sun, 8am-8pm. Bahrain Fort Museum, near Karbabad (1756 7171). (Source: TimeOut Bahrain)

Gallery: Top 10 museums to check out in Bahrain

Bahrain Military Museum

The Bahrain Military Museum is a must-visit for any history buffs thanks to its collections of weapons, uniforms and documents of the Kingdom’s defence forces over the decades. Visitors can also see who was ruling Bahrain over the ages, and check out jeeps and horses used for transporting soldiers.

Free. Sun-Thu, 8am-1pm. Fri, 2-5pm. Sat, 9am-noon, 2pm-5pm. Bahrain Military Museum, Riffa (1749 5511).

Gallery: Top 10 museums to check out in Bahrain

Bahrain National Museum

Visitors can spend hours in the 20,000 sq m Bahrain National Museum and still not see everything, but it’s definitely worth a try. It focuses on different eras including the Dilmuns and Tylos (the name of Bahrain in the 2nd century), and features sections on traditional trades and crafts.

Free. Daily, 8am-8pm. Shaikh Hamad Causeway, Manama (1729 8777).

Gallery: Top 10 museums to check out in Bahrain

Beit Al-Qu’ran

The Beit Al-Qu’ran is a must visit for anyone who wants to see ancient copies of the Qu’ran. The museum part of the complex also holds a large collection of Islamic art, and those wanting to learn more can ask for a tour.

Free. Sat-Wed, 9am-1pm, 4pm-6pm. Thu, 9am-1pm. Hoora, Manama (1729 0101).

Gallery: Top 10 museums to check out in Bahrain

Busaad Art Gallery

The Busaad Art Gallery is dedicated to Bahraini artist Ebrahim Busaad and is held in the house where Busaad himself was born. Busaad’s work has also been shown in the National Museum of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, the British Museum, and the National Museum of Fine Arts in Jordan but for the most extensive collection is held here.

Free. Sat-Thu, 9am-1pm, 4pm-8pm. Busaad Art Gallery, Muharraq (1700 0020).

Gallery: Top 10 museums to check out in Bahrain

Ibrahim Al Arrayed House of Poetry

This museum, which is part of the Shaikh Ebrahim Centre for Culture and Research, is dedicated to the works of Ibrahim Al Arrayed, who was one of Bahrain’s greatest poets before his death in 2002. Visitors can look around Al Arrayedh’s private office and look through volumes of poetry collections.

Free. Sat-Thu, 8am-1pm, 4pm-7pm. Ibrahim Al Arrayed House of Poetry, Gudaibiya, Manama

Gallery: Top 10 museums to check out in Bahrain

Oil museum

Bahrain was fundamentally changed by the discovery of oil in 1931, and this museum explores the country’s relationship with the fossil fuel. Visitors can also check out the very first oil well in the Kingdom nearby.

Free. Sun-Thu 9am-5pm. Jebel Dukhan, Manama (1775 3475).

Gallery: Top 10 museums to check out in Bahrain

Bu Maher Fort visitor centre

Before oil took over Bahrain’s economy in the 1930s, pearl diving was one of the Kingdom’s main businesses. The importance of this historical trade has been recognised by UNESCO, who have named a number of buildings, oyster beds and this centre as a world heritage site as part of the “pearling path”. Visitors can find out more about the trade before heading off on a 3.5 km route around Muharraq.

Free. Wed-Mon, 10.15am-4.30pm. Qal’at Bu Mahir and Bu Mahir Visitor’s Centre, Muharraq (1729 8777).

Gallery: Top 10 museums to check out in Bahrain

Rashid Al Oraifi Museum

Bahraini artist Rashid Al-Oraifi has turned his family residence into this gallery which features a number of his works, each of which was inspired by the Dilmun period.

BHD1.5. Sat-Thur, 10am-5pm. Rashid Al Oraifi Museum, Muharraq (1733 5616).

Gallery: Top 10 museums to check out in Bahrain

Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House

This building, constructed around 1800, was once the home of Shaikh Isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa, ruler of Bahrain between 1869 and 1932. Aside from the fact that this was once a royal’s home, making it fascinating enough, the building is also one of the best-preserved architectural examples from this period.

BHD1. Sat-Tue, 8am-2pm. Wed-Thu, 9am-6pm. Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House, Muharraq.