National Museum of Qatar
Heritage meets innovation
This museum will give voice to Qatar’s heritage whilst celebrating its future.
Visitors can learn about Qatar's ancestors and the formation of early cities, as well the modernization of Qatari society. Exhibitions will combine historic objects and contemporary influences, opening up a dialogue around the impact of rapid change.
Innovative presentation techniques will excite audiences and push boundaries. Entire walls will become cinematic screens, individual cocoons will hold oral histories and handheld mobile devices will guide people through thematic displays.
A space for everyone
The interlocking disc design by Jean Nouvel is inspired by the desert rose. The space will be a thriving hub for the public, students, and museum professionals. It will redefine the role of a cultural institution, fostering a spirit of participation and providing the conditions for discovery to thrive. Beyond galleries, it provides:
Icons of maritime society
The museum is committed to preserving the dhows that were once Doha's lifeblood. In times gone by, they enabled trade, pearling and fishing. Teams explore original building methods using laser scanning and digital photography. They have created 3D digital models of the vessels, which are accessible to and intrigue a wide audience. They assist in conserving one of the Arabian-Persian Gulf’s maritime traditions.