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:

- 220-seat auditorium
- two retail outlets, two restaurants and a café
- a dedicated food forum, preserving culinary traditions
- research centre and laboratories
- a park filled with indigenous plants
The museum is built around Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani’s original palace – his family home and seat of the government for 25 years.
We held an exhibition at QM Gallery, Katara to celebrate his life in 2013, featuring historic artefacts, photographs, oral history interviews, and original films. View the exhibition site.
We aim to protect and document our heritage
Nasser Al Hammadi, Curator at National Museum of Qatar

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.

The museum is committed to preserving the dhows that were once Doha's lifeblood. In times gone by, they enabled trade, pearling and fishing

Our Blog

27 April 2016

Tours of the National Museum of Qatar

A series of exclusive tours for Qataris, exploring the new National Museum have been taking place.  

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Qatar International Food Festival #QIFF

Head to MIA park to indulge in the annual Food Festival!

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Afterwards, at Mathaf

An exquisite exhibition featuring Shirin Neshat opens at Mathaf. Take a behind the scenes look at the opening!

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