Bahrain, located in the Arabian Gulf has a rich and proud heritage of pearl diving. It is an integral part of the local culture and its economy and the Museum of Pearl Diving reflects the important link it has with the country and offers interesting information to its visitors.

Originally the Museum of Pearl Diving was built to house a state ministry but later on, the two storied building was converted to its current position. It was only in 1984 that the museum was declared a traditional heritage centre and it explores different aspects of life in Bahrain during the pre-oil period. The site is not elaborate in size and a tour can be completed within an hour but it contains fascinating displays of antique weapons, traditional games, medicine, musical instruments, costumes and several items related to Bahrain’s pearl diving and seafaring legacy.

On the top floor of the building a collection of photographs related to various government occasions and Arab dignitaries over the 20th century are showcased. The Museum of Pearl Diving is a source of pride to the nation and the current building is managed by the directorate of archaeology and heritage under the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and Information. The site plays a significant role to demonstrate the country’s stance during the pre-oil period and showcases the significant aspects of the country during that era. This is the ideal place to visit to get some insight to the history of Bahrain and its heritage. The museum is a great place to drop into during your visit since a tour will not take more than an hour and you can conveniently slip it into your schedule. The site is open to the public from 8am to 12 noon every Saturday to Wednesday and from 9am to 6pm every Thursday.

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Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.