Posted by: Leap of Faith | February 4, 2010

The Bahrain National Museum

We did it! After months and months of planning to go to the Bahrain National Museum but never finding the time to do so, Pinky and I finally agreed to set a date and push through with what became a very fun family activity for us.  What is interesting, though, is that our trip to the museum almost did not push through again since we were originally planning to watch the Bahrain International Airshow that weekend but suddenly changed our minds because the entrance fee was, er, too steep for our comfort. 😉  Thankfully, our decision to go with this cheaper alternative did not disappoint us.

Although the museum was small, we found their exhibits very interesting.  I enjoyed the section dedicated to the ancient burial mounds since it explained and finally gave us a glimpse of what was actually inside those unusual looking objects which we often see scattered all over Bahrain (read: the burial mounds have always been a joke to our family, until now, since it seriously just looks like piles of sand from a construction work site). 

Another section we all enjoyed is the one which showcased several life-size statues of people depicting the customs, traditions and lifestyle of the Bahraini people. Although some of the wax statues were poorly done (i.e. disproportioned and with scary facial features), we still enjoyed seeing these, nonetheless.

Here are some of the photographs we took that day.  Hope you enjoy them.

Under the sand mounds, archeologists discovered these crevices where people used to be buried in.  Some of the mounds were huge and included the remains of several people, presumably families, as seen in the photograph in the background.

Human skeletal remains, pieces of pottery and other small objects were usually buried inside these mounds together with the deceased.

A typical house patio where families gathered to do their daily activities.  Nowadays, Bahrainis prefer to live in posh modern- looking apartments all over Manama, its capital.

A young lady is prepared for marriage.  Her dress is very elaborate and her hands are decorated with a henna tatoo design, something that is still very common with Arab women.

What is interesting to note is that Bahraini women have generally been free to dress as they please and interact with men – unlike their Saudi counterparts who are, to be politically correct,  more “conservative” when it comes to this aspect of their lives.  Segregation of the sexes is still very much practiced here in Saudi and women conversing with men (other than their relatives) in public is highly frowned upon and at times even sanctioned.

Local vases, which, honestly, look Indian-inspired to me.

An old “souk” or market where men and women usually gathered and traded their goods and offered their services… Ooops! That did not sound correct…hehehe! Nowadays, Bahrain is full of beautiful malls that carry almost every known name US and European brands.

Bahrain’s modernization only started a few decades ago.  However, it is now considered as one of the leading economies in the Middle East and can easily compete with other richer countries of the world.

Our visit to this museum was definitely worthwhile as shown by our beaming smiles.  We hope to be able to come back again in the future. 
















  1. Isa lang comment ko… pansin ko medyo kamukha ni Krista yung bride – hahaha! Wonder kung kamukha naman ni Pacman yung groom… nuninuninu… Jologs ba??? 😆

    Kidding aside, I thoroughly enjoyed going around the Bahrain Museum. Thanks for bringing us there! 🙂

    • Yup, jologs hon. I don’t even know how Krista looks like…hehehe!

      It was a nice place to visit. I wonder where our next Bahrain adventure will be.

  2. Ayyy..ang sweet naamn! Happy bonding moments with the family! Complete with pictures!Para na rin akong naki tour..hehehe..

    • hehehe… oo nga, Dang. Atr least, you are now familiar with the Bahraini culture. If you decide the visit this place, we will make sure to bring you around.

  3. I did enjoy them, Keith. Para na rin akong nakapunta sa Bahrain Museum. Looking forward to more of your family adventures (and photos, of course).

    • Thanks, Nebz. Our laptop is currently down with a virus. Hope to be able to share better posts and pictures soon.

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  5. it’s good that you’re exposing your kids early on to educational trips such as in the museum. yep, parents should be like that. wherever in the world you guys would go, surely you’ll make the effort to make it a learning adventure for them [including pinks! :))]

    • Yes, we try to expose the kids to museums too. Minsan they even find it more interesting than me! Nakakahiya… Hehehe!

  6. last year visit behrain country,beautiful good looking people.i like

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