An immersive and experiential destination, visitors are invited to witness Qatar's story from its beginning, life before oil, and its modern history
10 October 2019| Last updated on 10 October 2019
This is your guide to the National Museum of Qatar
Despite the heat, Qatar is a very active country. There is an abundance of places to see and activities to do that allows you to explore the nation and its story. But if exciting activities aren't your cup of tea and you're looking for some quality quiet time to learn about Qatar, there's no better place than a museum - and Qatar is home to some of the most inspiring museums in the Arab world.
If you are visiting Doha or simply need to enjoy a lovely day out, a visit to the National Museum of Qatar is a must. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, this uniquely impressive museum resembles the blossoming crystals of the desert rose.
What is inside the National Museum of Qatar
The building houses a 1.5 km museum circuit that leads visitors through an educational journey of Qatar’s past, present and future.
The timeline begins 700 million years up to the present day, with the Galleries divided into 3 main chapters: Beginnings, Life in Qatar and the Modern History of Qatar.
With archaeological, geological and environmental elements, Beginnings introduces the visitor to early life in Qatar.
The next chapter, Life in Qatar, utilizes multimedia through film, 3D sculptures, and poetry to experience Qatar’s existence before the discovery of oil.
The final chapter, Modern History of Qatar, chronicles life from the 1500s to modern-day Qatar.
Upon departing the last gallery, one emerges into the restored Emiri Palace of Sheikh Abdulla bin Jassim Al Thani. This traditionally built structure is now housed in this magnificent modern structure.
Throughout the museum there are six educational areas designed for families and children. Thoughtful and playful content is delivered in a series of hands-on, interactive activities and technology.
Not only does the museum offer a diverse selection of activities for children, it has a comprehensive offering of workshops, events, book clubs, and cultural programs. While you are enjoying your time at the museum there are two cafes to enjoy light snacks, refreshments or a leisurely coffee. In addition to the cafes, Jiwan is the rooftop restaurant with indoor or outdoor seating that offers spectacular views of Doha.
Before departing the museum do not forget to visit one of the two gift shops located in the main lobby. The children’s gift shop offers an array of books, games, puzzles and educational toys. The main gift shop contains items designed by local designers and artists.
Source: National Museum of Qatar
How to visit the National Museum of Qatar
- Sunday to Wednesday: 9 AM – 7 PM
- Thursday and Saturday: 9 AM – 9 PM
- Friday: 1:30 PM – 9 PM
- Admission: Adult QAR 50
- Children: Free
- Students: 50% discount with a valid student ID
- Qatar resident: Free, with valid Qatar ID or Qatari Drivers’ License
The museum provides wheel-chair accessible toilets, lifts, and parking spaces. Gallery text and braille is available in both Arabic and English throughout a majority of the exhibits and displays.