As the first museum in the Gulf, the National Museum opened in 1988. The attractive building is characterised by its white travertine façade and dramatic courtyard overlooking the sea front. The National Museum houses a rich collection of archaeological artefacts attesting to a longstanding occupation on the island and covering 6000 years of Bahrain’s history. In addition to the archaeological exhibits, the permanent exhibition space features an ethnography section and a hall featuring an artwork selection of Bahrain’s leading artists. The National Museum hosts diversified temporary exhibitions all year long.