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MIA’s masterpieces come from diverse societies - both secular and spiritual. Pieces in the collection are all connected by Islam, but many are non-religious in nature.
They are drawn from the treasure‐houses of princes and the personal homes of ordinary people. Each object tells a fascinating story about its origins, providing an experience that extends far beyond the physical gallery space.
Discover the beauty of Islamic art and realise its international influence. Plan your visit to MIA.
Traditional inspiration, modern architecture
Designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei, the MIA building has become an icon. Standing apart on the waters of the Corniche, it draws influence from traditional Islamic architecture. The building is made from limestone, which captures hourly changes in light and shade.
The geometric patterns of the Islamic world adorn the inside space, making for a grand interior. A variety of textures and materials, including wood and stone, have created a unique environment for the museum’s stunning collections. With incredible views across the bay, it’s the foundation for Doha’s burgeoning cultural scene.
Nestled in the heart of the MIA is Alain Ducasse’s first restaurant in the Middle East. 'Idam' means 'generosity', and each dish is a celebration of local tastes, spices and ingredients. Philippe Starck’s unique decor creates a sophisticated atmosphere, overlooking Doha’s skyline from the top floor of the museum.
Culture in the park
Cultural activities spill out of the main building on to the adjacent park. The MIA park is a social place, with year-round activities, including film screenings, sports events, art workshops and extra exhibition features. Walk the promenade to view Richard Serra's iconic work, '7', enjoy the café, gift shop, and striking views over the city.