The Gulf nation has invested heavily in an ambitious museum development plan: here’s what to watch out for.
From traditional Islamic crafts and artifacts to modern and contemporary art: Qatar’s museums have it all.
Art galleries and spaces are central to Doha’s thriving cultural landscape, and much of the city’s architecture is inspired by its heritage and culture. Almost every museum has a story behind it, most of which is reflected in its construction and the artwork behind its doors.
For years, Qatar has served as a hub for artistic talent in the region. The title was created by providing a space for creatives to investigate, develop and understand art from different cultures and eras.
Whether you’re new to Qatar or just planning a visit, these four museums are must-sees for art lovers.
National Museum of Qatar
The National Museum of Qatar aims to tell the story of Qatar, from prehistory to the modern era.
The museum was created by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, who was inspired by and recreated the desert rose, a natural crystal formation.
The state-of-the-art building, built around the palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-original Thani and the country’s first administrative center for 25 years, honors Qatar’s past while highlighting its present.
Its massive size spans 430,500 square feet, providing a plethora of space for artwork and exhibits.
3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum
Interested in sports? The brand new 3-2-1 Museum will introduce you to the history and heritage of sport around the world and in Qatar.
One of the most cutting-edge sports museums in the world, the museum uses engaging storytelling techniques to illuminate the development of sports and the nation’s fervor for them.
It is packed with engaging exhibits, motivating artifacts, and activity spaces designed for a wide range of visitors. 3-2-1 explores the importance of sport, its history, evolution and cultural significance in Qatar and beyond.
The 3-2-1, which aims to be the center of knowledge and history of sport in the world, is part of the Olympic Museums Network, which currently has 22 Olympic museums around the world.
Islamic Art Museum
Now for the old gem.
MIA is a one-of-a-kind museum that offers visitors the chance to see exceptional works of art and a heritage library with a collection of 21,000 books, 2,000 of which are rare editions in Arabic and English.
The structure itself is an architectural marvel created by Pritzker Prize-winning architect IM Pei, and is located on a purpose-built island next to the Corniche, Doha’s waterfront promenade.
The museum has five levels with temporary and permanent exhibitions, a gift shop, a cafe, and the upscale restaurant IDAM, owned by celebrity chef Alain Ducasse.
It hosts a range of cultural events throughout the year, including concerts by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, film screenings, and community art and calligraphy classes.
The leafy MIA Park, which is close to the museum and offers views of the Arabian Sea, is a popular spot for outdoor yoga sessions, family picnics, as well as jogging and walking. .
Over a hundred stalls are also present at a weekend bazaar during the colder months, selling everything from food and drink to crafts, clothing and jewelry.
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Visitors to Mathaf can experience the depth of modern Arabic art while observing the evolution of its styles and genres.
Mathaf was founded in 2010 and offers a particularly Arabic look at modern art. From the 1840s to the present day, the museum’s permanent collection includes more than 9,000 pieces created by prominent Arab painters.
Renowned artists from the Arabian Peninsula are also featured, including those from Africa, Asia and Europe.
Mathaf is located in a renovated school building created by the famous French architect Jean-François Bodin within Education City.
The museum strives to start conversations by hosting exhibitions, educational programs, as well as annual competitions and student performances.
Qatar Children’s Museum, ‘Dadu’
This year, the authorities announced their intention to open a museum dedicated to the children of Qatar. ‘Dadu’, a play on babies’ babbling as ‘dada’ means game in local Arabic.
Dadu is designed to enrich the lives of children and their families by providing spaces for learning through open play, exploration and experimentation.
“Our mission to nurture children’s creativity, imagination and love of learning is too important to wait until we open our doors. We believe we are needed at this time to support families and to connect people and ideas despite our physical separation,” Dadu Essa Director Al Mannai said. said.
Coming soon.. Lusail Museum!
Earlier this year, Qatar announced plans to launch three new museums: Art Mill, Qatar Auto Museum and Lusail Museum.
The Lusail museum will present “the largest collection in the world of paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, rare texts and Orientalist applied arts”. Not only that, but the building will also have exhibition spaces, an auditorium, a library, and educational centers.
Qatar Museums Chair Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani said the new additions are part of a “strategy of investing in the creative economy to drive Qatar’s next phase of development”.
Elemental, a Chilean architecture firm, will design the Art Mill, while Herzog & de Meuron will design the Lusail Museum. The Qatar Auto Museum, meanwhile, will be designed by architecture firm OMA, headed by Rem Koolhaas.