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About Our Museum

THE HEARTBEAT
OF OUR HERITAGE

The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) is dedicated to bringing to life the unique story of Qatar and its people. It actively gives voice to the nation’s rich heritage and culture and demonstrates our extensive network of ties with other nations and people around the world. Designed as a vibrant and immersive space, diverse communities can come together and experience Qatar’s past, present and future.

On the 28th March 2019, when the museum opens its doors for the first time to welcome the public, it will highlight Qatar’s commitment to creating new cultural spaces that develop, promote and sustain a thriving cultural sector and build a national spirit of participation.

“The National Museum of Qatar is the physical manifestation of Qatar’s proud identity, connecting the country’s history with its diverse and cosmopolitan present. It will reflect a part of every Qatari’s life, representing our roots and identity.

The opening of the National Museum of Qatar in March 2019 will firmly position our country on the global map as a progressive, knowledge-based economy with a long and rich history and give Qatar a voice in the world."

Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums

ICONIC ARCHITECTURE

The complex form of the desert rose, found in Qatar’s arid desert regions, inspired the striking design of the new museum building, conceived by French architect Jean Nouvel.

The new building embraces Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani’s original palace—his family home and seat of the government for 25 years. This nationally significant building has been carefully restored and conserved, so that it can be enjoyed by visitors and future generations to come.

In addition to the unique architecture and stunning gallery spaces, visitors can enjoy a 220-seat auditorium; eat at two new restaurants or café and experience a traditional food forum.

For scholars and students, the museum offers a new research centre and laboratories along with access to digital archives. A newly landscaped park also provides visitors with a chance to explore and learn about Qatar’s indigenous plants and their role in Qatari culture.

ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE

People have been at the heart of the museum’s vision and development. As a result, the National Museum of Qatar offers everyone who visits a multi-faceted and immersive experience no matter their age or knowledge of our nation’s history and its people. 

The story of Qatar unfolds across 11 striking galleries, all employing innovative approaches to storytelling. Each gallery provides a unique perspective across time and connects visitors to lives lived between land and sea. All the senses will be triggered through a creative combination of sounds including music and oral histories, visually through film and archival images and even by smell through evocative aromas.

The National Museum of Qatar will also encourage a spirit of exploration and connection with a range of places of significance and interest outside of the museum—features which define Qatar and its people—encouraging visitors to explore the country’s landscapes, archaeological sites, historic and contemporary architecture, as well as other museums.

LEARN ABOUT THE STORY OF QATAR

The National Museum of Qatar provides a variety of ways to learn and understand more about the story of our nation and its people. Acting as an intergenerational learning tool, the museum offers a range of educational resources and learning spaces for families through to academic researchers. Visitors can also enjoy a rich display of objects that each illustrate an important aspect of Qatari history and culture.

Here is a selection of featured objects you can see during your visit.