Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Bahrain National Museum

After not having visited the place since i was a kid, I decided to go back to the Bahrain museum this summer hoping to get a few useful references for my dissertation or independent project. i ended up going around the whole museum, looking at the different displays.

The museum is the largest and one of the oldest museums in the country. It has a collection of Bahrain's ancient archeological artifacts, and covers 6000 years of Bahrain's history. It has three halls displaying archaeology and the ancient civilization of the country, and two other halls show the culture and lifestyle of Bahrain's recent pre-industrial past. This part i enjoyed the most. It had displays representing many different and important part of the old culture of Bahrain. Its perfect for tourists (not that there are many) to understand the countries past and its heritage and culture. It'd also be good reference for coming generations, who would have probably not known about these aspects of their heritage (not that i think many of them would come to the museum).

There is also a collection of old Quranic manuscripts, notes on astronomy and historical documents at the Documents and Manuscripts Hall. Finally, a section for current artists to display their works, but i didn't like the exhibition so much at the time that i went.

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