Qatar’s iconic museums

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Qatar’s iconic museums

Qatar’s unique museums, boasting masterpieces from across the Islamic world, are architectural marvels themselves, telling Qatar's story as much as the exhibits they house.  

National Museum of Qatar

Designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, the National Museum of Qatar draws inspiration from and recreates the naturally occurring crystal formations known as the desert rose.

Featuring interlocking discs, the museum spans a whopping 430,500 square feet. Built around Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani’s original palace, and the seat of government for 25 years, the National Museum of Qatar gives voice to Qatar’s heritage whilst celebrating its future. 

Inside, visitors can learn about Qatar’s ancestors and the formation of its early cities, with the museum charting the country’s history and progress through the centuries. Exhibitions combine historic objects and contemporary influences, opening up a dialogue around the impact of rapid change. 

The museum complex includes permanent and temporary galleries, a 220-seat auditorium, two cafés, a restaurant, a gift shop, separate facilities for school groups and VIPs, heritage research centres, conservation laboratories and museum collection storage. 

Qatar’s iconic museums

Address

Museum Park St, Doha

Phone

+974 4452 5555

Website

https://www.nmoq.org.qa

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Museum of Islamic Art

The internationally renowned Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is the crown jewel of Qatar’s museums, showcasing 14 centuries of Islamic art and artefacts from around the world.  

An Architectural Wonder

Conceived by Pritzker Prize winning architect I.M. Pei, most known for designing the glass pyramid in the forecourt of the Louvre in Paris, the museum sits on a purpose-built island abutting Doha’s central waterfront promenade and is surrounded by MIA Park’s extensive green spaces. 

The building was inspired by the Sabil, or ablution fountain, in the 9th century Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Tulun in Cairo, Egypt.  Traditional Islamic patterns (domes, geometric patterns, arches, water features) meld with modern architecture to produce this hallmark museum in Qatar.  

Qatar’s iconic museums

Address

MIA Park, the Corniche, Doha

Phone

+974 4422 4444

Website

http://www.mia.org.qa/

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