Museum of Islamic Art (MIA)

World class Islamic art

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) houses one of the most comprehensive collections of Islamic Art in the world. Drawn from three continents it includes masterpieces from around the world, all representing the diversity found in Islamic heritage.  

Some objects are religious by nature, others are brought from treasures found, curated and donated from every walk of life across the Islamic world; from the houses of former princes to the homes of ordinary people. Each object tells a story and opens up a window to the fascinating history behind it. 

MIA engages with all communities through exhibitions, lectures, events and workshops to foster an appreciation of this heritage. 

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Learning about Islamic Art and History

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) places learning at the forefront of all that it does. It reaches out to all communities, audiences and visitors from across the world. 

The Museum offers a wide variety of engagements such as exhibitions, behind-the-scenes gallery tours, lectures and special events.   

The MIA Learning & Outreach teams create a diverse programme of activities for children, families and adults to inspire learning about Islamic art. Whether it is an art workshop, a library activity, a guided tour or a treasure trail – all tastes and ages are catered for.  

The schools activities are directly linked to the Ministry of Education curriculum and teachers can choose from tours, art workshops and competitions, gallery explorations, literacy workshops and storytelling. There are also specially arranged sleepovers and also the highly competitive MIA Ambassador programme - where high school students study an aspect of museum work and present their findings in imaginative ways. In addition, teacher training, internships, volunteer and work experience programmes are all also on offer. 

 

Modern Architecture, Inspired By The Past

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.

MIA Architecture

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.

MIA’s collections celebrates the great legacy of the Islamic world and its contribution to global heritage.
Dr. Julia Gonnella, Director of the Museum of Islamic Art

Exquisite taste

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.

Idam restaurant interior
MIA Park is a dynamic place for children, families and art enthusiasts, with cultural, educational and recreational activities to attract one and all.
H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa, QM Chairperson
The past is relevant and knowledge about it broadens perspectives.
Dr. Julia Gonnella, Director of the Museum of Islamic Art

Our Blog

27 January 2021

Have you spotted the vibrant murals appearing across Doha? That’s JEDARIART!

18 artists. Colours covering walls across Doha. But what does it all mean? What are the artists trying to convey? Find out more on the stunning JEDARIART murals from the artists themselves as they explain their work in their own words.

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4 February 2021

JEDARIART: Meet the artists – part two

In the second of the two-part series, a chance to hear from the rest of the artists brightening the walls of Doha with their unique public art installations

 

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14 February 2021

An exciting spring and summer programme awaits

 This week we preview some of the exhibitions and events open for all as we head into 2021 with hopes for a brighter year ahead

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