A stunning design by the French architect Jean Nouvel, an architectural masterpiece and a landmark which creatively unfolds the story of Qatar; its past, present and future.
The National Museum of Qatar officially opened its gates on March 28th, 2019 in a spectacular night where people from all over the world came to visit. It’s located across the Corniche and Museum of Islamic Art (MIA).
The Museum is organized in three main parts; Beginnings, Life in Qatar, Building the Nation and aims to show the country’s heritage and its people’s story.
The ‘Desert Rose’ is a proud proof of Qatar’s growth and development. You can easily learn important facts and details about the country through interactive activities and compelling storytelling. You will get to know about the maritime tradition, the wooden dhows that enabled fishing and trading, admire beautiful pearls and textiles, learn in depth all about the country’s plants and many more.
My personal favorite stops along the way were the big screen that shows how Qatar was in the 40’s and how it developed and formed as the years went by. There is also an interactive screen where you can learn useful information about Qatar’s landmarks and major sights. I also loved the way sounds and films are combined. Lastly, there are various interactive activities for kids, in an effort to bring children closer to culture in fun and engaging ways.
The National Museum of Qatar also embraces Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani’s original palace.
Once you’re done with navigating around the Museum, make sure not to miss the amazing gift shop. Besides it beautiful natural character and decorative touches, it has a wonderful variety of well-designed gifts to purchase, ranging from jewelry and bags to cups and notebooks; many of them designed by local artists.
Later on, you can you can enjoy coffee and bites at the Café.
If you’re spending a few hours in Doha as a layover or if you’re visiting Qatar, the Museum should be added on your list. It’s worth it!
Sunday to Thursday 9am-7pm, Friday 1:30pm-7pm.
QAR 50 for adults
Free entrance for Residents and for Culture Pass Plus Members
Special prices for students
*During the month of Ramadan the Museum will be open 7 days a week 8pm-midnight.