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Explore the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum


Take a journey through the ages at FBQ Museum, and admire collectibles amassed by Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim over a lifetime.

The Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum

Located outside the city in a traditional style fort at Al Samriya Farm, the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum houses the Sheikh’s personal collection, with a body of works including Islamic art, Qatari heritage, vehicles, handmade carpets, and coins & currency, from over four continents.  These diverse and eclectic objects tell the story of the museum’s founder, Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim, as well as of humanity in general.  

How to get there?

  • The museum is only reachable by car.

Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum

Address

Al Samriya, 22km west of Doha, just beyond Mall Of Qatar

Phone

+974 4486 1444

Website

https://fbqmuseum.org

Established in 1998, the Faisal bin Qassim Museum is home to over 15,000 items. The museum’s superb collection features artefacts from the Jurassic age, up to the present day.  The museum contains a traditional Syrian home brought in from Damascus and recreated.  Fully furnished, it comprises of a courtyard and two living spaces, displaying beautiful tile and lattice work.  Two model Qatari homes contain items from Sheikh Faisal’s own home.  It is an intensely personal collection, illustrating the founder’s own interests and tastes, and a life rich in experience.

Highlights of your visit

  • More than 600 antique vehicles in perfect working order

  • Traditional Syrian home reassembled onsite

  • Over 700 hand-woven carpets

The FBQ Museum is divided into several sections.  Noteworthy rooms include the Quran room, with a large number of Qurans, as well as a kiswah, the cloth which covers the Ka’aba, Islam’s holiest site.  Over 700 carpets showcase weaves, dyes and patterns from around the world, whilst a car museum contains more than 600 antique vehicles with everything from steam cars to trucks and convertibles.  A clothing hall displays clothing and accessories from different parts of the region, and antique furniture and musical instruments complement the collection, while the walls groan with art and photographs. 

Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim is an important player in Qatar, promoting the heritage and culture of the country. The FBQ museum traces the history of Qatar’s people, and the impact it has had on its society. Sheikh Faisal is a hugely successful businessman, with variegated holdings around the world.  As the museum attests, he is an avid antiques collector.  The objects which form the FBQ Museum have been amassed during his travels around the world.  

A vast collection includes traditional homes from Syria and Qatar, and offer a glimpse into a bygone era.

Nearby attractions

FBQ Museum is located within the Al Samriya estate. It houses a date farm, riding school and an oryx reserve aimed at preserving the endangered species which is also Qatar’s state symbol.

The Al Shahaniya Camel Farm is closer to town, just off the Dukhan Highway. The property includes a racing track where camel races are held every Friday and Saturday from November through February. Camel racing is a popular traditional sport, now played with remote controlled robot jockeys. Spectators can drive their cars along the track to experience the thrill up close. 

Useful information

Address

Al Samriya, 22km west of Doha, just beyond Mall Of Qatar

Opening times

All year round

Sunday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Friday: 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

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