Bin Matar House

Museum in Muharraq Island

This traditional house, built in 1905 in the heart of Muharraq, was saved from demolition by the Sheikh Ebrahim Centre for Culture and Research. Once the home of a pearl merchant, it has been reinvented as a museum devoted to the history of pearling (on the 1st floor), with an airy gallery displaying contemporary art grafted artfully onto the back of the building down below; exhibitions change two or three times a year. There's an excellent gift shop.