Just opened on 28 March 2019, the new National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) features innovative architecture by Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect Jean Nouvel who was inspired by the desert rose that grows organically throughout the grounds of the original Emiri palace, a much-loved local landmark that previously housed the National Museum.
The museum celebrates the culture and heritage of Qatar and its people, embodying the pride and traditions of Qataris while offering international visitors a dialogue about rapid change and modernisation. The museum honours traditions of the past while embracing the future of Qatar through exhibitions, educational activities, cultural site visits, and technology-based programming.
The museum makes a dramatic addition to the Doha landscape in the form of its curved disks, intersections, and cantilevered angles, which form the shape of 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.
Spread over 1.5 kilometres, visitors get to journey through an exciting mix of all-encompassing environments and compelling narratives that engage all senses.
The museum, which is open to all, provides visitors with a wide range of ways to participate, to learn or to relax. A 220-seat auditorium and rolling programme of events ensures that each visit offers a new perspective. For students and researchers, the dedicated research centre and laboratories provide new study opportunities.
For those looking to relax and take time out, there are also venues for dining, including a stunning rooftop restaurant and a newly landscaped park that celebrates Qatar’s indigenous plants and offers family-friendly interactive learning environment.
Qatar has a long maritime tradition and the museum is celebrating this through its commitment to preserving and deepen public’s understanding towards the hand-built wooden dhows that were once Doha’s lifeblood. These boats enabled fishing, trading and notably the collection of precious pearls. Visitors are able to see over 1.5 million Gulf pearls hand-embroidered on the renowned Pearl Carpet of Baroda.
To discover more about the museum, visit https://www.qm.org.qa/en/project/national-museum-qatar.