On 5 February 2013, as part of the Bahrain Defence Force’s 45th anniversary celebrations, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, officially opened the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Military Museum. In December 2012, Pico was commissioned to design and create the museum displays spanning 11 themed halls, within a period of three months. The museum houses paintings, documents and photos documenting the history of Bahrain's military and the Defence Force, and also displays the flags and weaponry of various BDF units.
After the national anthem, His Majesty the King unveiled the commemorative plaque and then embarked on a guided tour of the museum. His Majesty the King toured the Bahrain's Rulers' hall, the halls of historical forts and documents, the Arabian horses' hall and the hall of antique weapons. He then inspected the army, navy and air forces sections and the display of uniforms and medals. Display highlights included the BDF’s participation in significant historical events, such as the war to liberate the State of Kuwait.
After the tour, His Majesty signed in the VIP guest book and expressed his pleasure with the museum, adding that the museum preserves national military history and takes pride in the Bahraini people's military achievements. His Majesty the King hailed the Defence Force’s landmark historic achievements and expressed his thanks and appreciation to the BDF for their successful work.
The Military Museum is scheduled to open to public in the later part of 2013.
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