Museums in Doha
Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art
One of the latest museum in Doha, opened in December 2010, Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art displays a set of collection of paintings, sculptures and so on, that were brought by HE Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali Al Thani. The museum displays thousands of artworks dating from the 1800s to present day.
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|Location||:||the Education City|
|Operating hours||:||Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm, except Friday, 3pm-9pm|
|Admission charges||:||free, though there might be a charge to visit special exhibitions|
|How to get there||:|| Taxi (might not easy to get one from there)|
Own transport (recommended)
|Remarks||:||the Museum runs regular interesting exhibitions.|
Museum of Islamic Art
This interesting modern museum was opened in December 2008. Designed by a renown architect I. M. Pei (the same architect who designed the Pyramid of the Louvre in Paris), the museum is intended to be the “center of education and information in the field of the arts of the Islamic world”.
It has 3 galleries that are located in 3 floors. First floor is dedicated to any temporary exhibition, second floor’s is labeled as “the language of Islamic art” and on the third floor visitors will find “the journey of Islamic Arts”. These galleries display collections from three continents, as far as Spain to the west and India to the east.
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|Location||:||the Corniche (next to Dhow harbor and Doha port)|
|Operating hours||:|| Wednesday-Monday, 10:30am-5:30pm, except Friday, 2pm-8pm|
Closed on Tuesday, also on first day of Eid and Christmas
|Admission charges||:||currently free admission|
|Facilities||:|| Coffee shop|
Guided tour available (multi-media guide)
|Nearby facilities||:|| ATMs|
|How to get there||:|| Own transport|
Public bus number 76 stops next to the museum
|Remarks||:|| Visitors are advised to be dressed appropriately|
Not to be missed!
Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum
This huge museum is privately owned by Sheikh Faisal and displays his own private collections, brought from many countries. It opened its doors to the public in 1998. A few collections age a few hundred years, such as coins, classic cars, and many other interesting objects. Total collections displayed are more than 15,000 artifacts.
The museum looks like a huge castle, covering a space of about 1.7 hectares (4.2 acres). It is located a few hundreds meters from the highway Route 3 (direction to Doha). A visit to the museum is best combined with a visit to Qatar’s camel race track, which is a few kilometers away only, still in the same area.
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|Location||:||Al Sheehaniya, Route 3 (about 22 kilometers/14 miles west of Doha)|
|Telephone||:||+974 44861444, 55577564|
|Operating hours||:||daily, 9am-6pm, closed on Friday and Sunday|
|How to get there||:||by own transport|
|Remarks||:||prior appointment may be required and suggested.|
What next? What about going to the traditional market of Souq Waqif?