- off Exhibition Ave Diplomatic Area
- tel, info: 17 290 101
- 09:00-12:00 & 16:00-18:00 Sat-Wed, 09:00-12:30 Thu
Lonely Planet review for Beit al-Quran
With its wrapping of carved Kufic script, the distinctive Beit al-Quran is a fine example of modern Bahraini architecture. It was opened in 1990 as a museum and research centre, and houses a large and striking collection of Qurans, manuscripts and woodcarvings. It functions as a good introduction to Islam in general, and Islamic calligraphy in particular. Look out for the miniature Qurans, the smallest of which (from 18th-century Persia) measures only 4.7cm by 3.2cm.
The exhibits are well labelled in English and can be superficially perused within an hour. The bookshop in the foyer sells crafts. Visitors should dress conservatively. The building is next to the Bahrain Red Crescent Society, off Exhibition Ave, but the main entrance and car park are at the back.