Bahrain approves plans for new museum construction

Bahrain’s Information Ministry has outlined plans for a new US $2.65 million museum near the Bahrain Fort. Construction work is expected to begin by March next year.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  December 11, 2003

Bahrain’s Information Ministry has outlined plans for a new US $2.65 million museum near the Bahrain Fort. Construction work is expected to begin by March next year. The proposed site for the museum is on the coast at Qal’at Al Bahrain, off the Budaiya Road. Half of the construction cost will be borne by the Information Ministry, says assistant under-secretary for culture and national heritage Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Ibrahim Al Khalifa. It is hoped the rest will come from the private sector, she told a Press conference at the Bahrain National Museum. The shell of the museum and the courtyard and cafeteria inside will be ready by next November. The rest of the interior work is expected to take a further six months. The 1986 m2 museum is being built at one of the most important historical sites in Bahrain, says Copenhagen-based Wohlert Arkitekter managing director Claus Wohlert. “The idea of this museum is to give the visitors a qualified experience about the history of the mound (on which the fort stands), which is a lot more than the Portuguese fortification,” he says. The museum site will be on the beach north-east of the fort. The associated works will include dredging a canal, to give access to tours boats from Manama. The museum itself is designed as an elongated two-storey building facing the sea. A single-storey building with lecture hall, administration and other supporting functions will be built next to the museum.

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