Qatar Museums (formerly the Qatar Museums Authority) is a Qatari government entity that oversees the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, MIA Park, QM Gallery at Katara, ALRIWAQ DOHA Exhibition Space, the Al Zubarah World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, and archaeological projects throughout Qatar, as well as the development of future projects and museums that will highlight its collections across multiple areas of activity including Orientalist art, photography, sports, children’s education, and wildlife conservation. The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) Qatar Museums (formerly the Qatar Museums Authority) is a Qatari government entity that oversees the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, MIA Park, QM Gallery at Katara, ALRIWAQ DOHA Exhibition Space, the Al Zubarah World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, and archaeological projects throughout Qatar, as well as the development of future projects and museums that will highlight its collections across multiple areas of activity including Orientalist art, photography, sports, children’s education, and wildlife conservation. The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ)
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.
The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) 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.
The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) 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 (NMoQ) Amenities
The Park at the National Museum of Qatar includes playgrounds, the Desert Rose Café, several public artworks, a lagoon and two large kiosks with amenities including prayer rooms, washrooms and cafés.
The NMoQ park is open 24 hours.
The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) Heritage Garden
The Heritage Garden is located within the Museum Park and consists of a selection of native Qatari plants, including:
The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) Children’s Playground
Cave of Wonders
In certain places in Qatar, the ground suddenly drops away into a deep cave called a sinkhole or dahl.
Children can explore a realistic representation of an underground rocky cave and simply wander freely, discovering places to climb, crawl and hide amongst the rocks and encountering strange glowing rocks, carvings in the rock faces, artifacts hidden in the sand, bats hanging from the ceiling and a giant gecko climbing up the wall.
Nakilat Adventure Ship
The Nakilat Adventure Ship playground is constructed like the wreck of a traditional Qatari boat.
During their exploration, children can learn about sailing, pearling, fishing, and trading. Through stories and songs, cargo and treasure, and through interactive play opportunities, children absorb Qatari history and culture.
On 1 October 2020, Qatar Museums finalised an agreement with Total E&P Qatar to sponsor the Energy Playground, which will open at our museum during the second half of 2022. The Energy Playground will provide a unique experience for families to learn more about energy and the history of Qatar’s oil and gas exploration.
The playground will be designed for families to engage in inter-generational kinetic play activities; from the extraction of crude oil and natural gas, through to their processing and even the by-products which, in turn, benefit today’s societies. The playground can be entered from various pathways – enabling a “choose your own adventure” experience and will ultimately engage, inform and inspire visitors to learn about the future of renewable and non-renewable energy.
The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) Contacts and Location
National Museum of Qatar
Tel: +974 4452 5555
NMoQ Galleries and Shops:
Saturday – Thursday: 9am – 7pm
Friday: 1.30pm – 7pm
The museum is closed until further notice
Last entry 30 minutes prior to museum closing
Saturday – Thursday: 8.30am– 8pm
Friday: 1pm – 9pm
Saturday to Thursday: 12.30pm – 6pm
The restaurant is closed until further notice