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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.  

Qatar’s iconic museums

Museum of Islamic Art

An architectural wonder

On a purpose-built island abutting the Corniche, Doha’s waterfront promenade, the building itself is an architectural wonder designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei. The museum contains four floors of permanent and temporary exhibitions, gift shop, a café and a haute cuisine restaurant IDAM by renowned chef Alain Ducasse, on the fifth floor.  It is also home to a heritage library, with a collection of 21,000 books including 2000 rare editions in both Arabic and English.

Qatar’s iconic museums

National Museum of Qatar

An inspiring masterpiece

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. 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. It spans a whopping 430,500 square feet.

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