NATIONAL MUSEUM OF QATAR

HEARTBEAT OF OUR HERITAGE

The National Museum of Qatar gives voice to the unique story of Qatar and its people; from earliest times to the present day and onwards towards the future.  

 Designed to be both immersive and experiential, the exhibits - spread over eleven galleries and across 1.5km of walkways - offer a rich exploration through its three main “chapters”. These are ‘Beginnings’, ‘Life in Qatar’ and ‘The Modern History of Qatar’.  

These diverse themes and compelling multisensory storytelling techniques ensure an exciting mix of environments for visitors to explore. 

MUSEUM OPENING TIMES

The National Museum of Qatar is delighted to announce that its galleries are now open again.   
The museums’ shops, restaurants, café, and the much-anticipated exhibitions ‘Splendours of the East’ and ‘Mal Lawal 3’ are also open. 
Please note, for safety precautions, all playgrounds remain closed. 
Opening hours are listed below – so why not pay a visit this winter! 
We encourage you to book your tickets online and in advance of your visit! 
Open daily: 9am-7pm (except Friday) 
Friday: 1:30-7pm 
Last entry ticket issued half an hour before closing time.  If you have any questions, you can contact us via email on: 
infonmoq@qm.org.qa 
Admission fees apply to temporary exhibitions 

We wanted to create a museum of the past, the present, and the future. This is the essence of the narrative and the experience of the Museum.
Sheikha Amna bint Abdulaziz bin Jassim Al Thani, Director of the National Museum of Qatar
PEOPLE ARE AT THE HEART OF THE MUSEUM’S VISION AND DEVELOPMENT
Sheikha Amna bint Abdulaziz bin Jassim Al Thani, Director of the National Museum of Qatar

THE PEOPLE’S MUSEUM

Designed by French architect, Jean Nouvel, the museum makes a dramatic addition to the Doha landscape; with its curved disks, intersections, and cantilevered angles — all inspired by the local desert rose. This unique building embraces the newly restored Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani, which itself represents the heart of Qatari national identity. 
  
The museum provides visitors with a wide range of ways to participate, to learn or to relax. A 220-seat auditorium and rolling programme of events ensure each visit offers a new perspective. For students and researchers, a dedicated library provides new study and research opportunities. For those looking to relax and take time out, there are venues to eat, including a stunning rooftop restaurant, and a newly landscaped park that offers family-friendly interactive learning environments and celebrates Qatar’s indigenous plants. 

 

ICONS OF THE SEA

Qatar has a long maritime tradition. In keeping with this history, the museum celebrates by preserving and better understanding the hand-built wooden dhows that were once Doha’s lifeblood. The boats enabled fishing, trading and notably the collection of precious pearls, traces of which are showcased at the museum. Visitors can explore an extensive collection of pearls, including 1.5 million Gulf pearls hand-embroidered on the renowned Pearl Carpet of Baroda.  

Wooden dhows against Doha’s modern skyline
Wooden dhows against Doha’s modern skyline
There’s no Museum in the world that’s telling stories the way we’re telling stories.
Sheikha Amna bint Abdulaziz bin Jassim Al Thani, Director of the National Museum of Qatar
VISIT THE MUSEUM TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HUMBLE WOODEN DHOW AND HOW IT MADE TRADE, FISHING AND PEARLING POSSIBLE

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