Happy Birthday Series Part III: Dar An-Naft (BAPCO Oil Museum)

On our way to meet the iconic Tree Of Life, Ameer thoughtfully suggested to do a quick stop over at the Oil Museum.

Dar An-Naft (House of Oil”) is located adjacent to the Discovery Well # 1, at the foot of Jebel Ad-Dukhan and is maintained and administered by the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO).

Dar An-Naft, BAPCO Oil Museum

Dar An-Naft, BAPCO Oil Museum

So we parked our car and Buboy went down first to check if it’s open (it’s usually open during weekends only).

With Buboy’s thumbs up as a go-signal, we went inside. By the way, there are no entrance fees. 🙂

Dar An-Naft‘, the Oil Museum of The Bahrain Petroleum Company B.S.C. (Closed), was set up after considerable research to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the discovery of oil in Bahrain.  The Late Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa inaugurated it, on June 2, 1992. (Source: BAPCO website)


Buboy and a model drilling equipment

The museum houses old drilling equipment, samples of rocks found underground, topographical maps and some information about the companies that had participated in the exploration for oil.


Buboy & da exhibits

The first Oil Well, was discovered in 1932 in Sakhir.


Asteeeeg! 🙂

It was amazing to know that Bahrain was the first country to discover oil in the Arabian Gulf region.

Hindi ko ito alam pramis, dyahe. :p


Map of Bahrain


Photo of rig at the First Oil Well, 1932


Well of Hope, Jebel Ad Dukhan, June 1932

BAPCO is a regular supplier for all the industrial companies I’ve worked with for petrol fuel. But it’s only now that I’ve learned about all these amazing information. 🙂




NOGA and its subsidiaries

We browsed through the photo galleries, historic maps and oil related objects and had a better understanding of how Bahrain transformed from a “pearl state” to an “oil state.”


Buboy = focused lah

My favorite part of the museum is this working model of an oil rig, asteeeg! 🙂




model of Khuff Gas Dehydration Unit

The museum also featured an interesting display of stones, rock specimens and fossils (sayang, di ko nakuhanan maski isa dun sa fish fossils, nasobrahan ako sa kakatingin, nakalimutan ko pumichur! :p)


“Desert Rose”


Giant Amethyst crystals

Andaming amethyst crystals! Tuwang tuwa naman ako siempre kasi birthstone ko yan, hehe! 🙂


More Amethyst

After about half an hour, tourists (from cruises) came and made there way to the museum. Sila rin actually yung kasunod namin sa Tree of Life, hehe.


tourists from cruises

Before we left, last souvenir photo…


Dar An-Naft, Bahrain Oil Museum

It was a quick visit, but I would say “a must” for everyone wanting to learn about the dynamic Oil Story of the Kingdom of Bahrain, 🙂

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