An all-in-one combination of Islamic art, Quranic manuscripts and Islamic education under one roof.
As you approach it from afar, you see a mosque-like structure housed with one minaret and beautifully engraved Quranic verses bordering the outside walls. Beit Al Quran, or the House of Quran, is more than just a mosque. It is a library, an auditorium, a Quran school and a museum housed together in one place.
With over 50,000 English, Arabic and French manuscripts and books, the library facilitates reading rooms, internet access, and private rooms for researchers and specialists.
The auditorium accommodates up to 150 people and is suitable for lectures and seminars.
The Yousuf Bin Ahmad Kanoo School for Quranic Studies offers numerous study areas fully equipped with computers, modern aids and separate classes for women and children learning the Quran.
Beit Al Quran is more commonly known for its one of a kind Islamic museum, The Hayat Museum. Initially established with the donations of the private collection of the founder, Dr Abdul Latif Kanoo, the museum houses rare and unique Quranic manuscripts, and Islamic and calligraphic art all throughout its ten exhibition halls, spread over two floors. The exquisite Quranic manuscripts are from various eras of the Islamic age, collected from different parts of the Islamic world, dating back to the first century. The differences in the calligraphy and art on these manuscripts can be clearly seen based on the period and location they were obtained from in the Islamic world.
Beit Al Quran is open to the public and runs on generous donations made from visiting guests.
Building No.17, Road No.1901, Diplomatic Area, Manama
Saturday – Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Everyday except Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m