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Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Arts

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Address: Jabriya Block 12 Street 1, Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Impressive collection for Islamic Calligraphy

A private collection underneath a residential home, but the way of representation is impressive. It's a private collection underneath a residential home. Entry fee is 2 KD and its... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A private collection underneath a residential home, but the way of representation is impressive. It's a private collection underneath a residential home. Entry fee is 2 KD and its not a big one, no wheelchair access. It focuses on Islamic calligraphy and exhibits.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A private collection underneath a residential home, but really one of the best I have seen anywhere. No wheelchair access and not suitable for young children - wall to wall glass display cabinets of precious items.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

I love this little museum! Really worth the effort and sooo cute and full of interesting things! When my family came from America, they loved this visit so much! Honestly, we didn't visit on the date stated, that was the farthest back we could go... we haven't been there in years, but I'm sure it is better than ever.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

A museum like this is what makes travel so fascinating. Not the big, famous, gigantic museums, but these out of the way, small, intimate ones which are typically the collection and effort of one individual. That's Tareq Rajab! Do not go by the name that suggests it is only a calligraphy museum. It is a motley collection of almost everything... More 

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Elkhart, Indiana
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

I was the only one there at the time. They had to turn the lights on for me. It's a large collection from all over Asia as well as the Middle East. But don't miss the Calligraphic collection around the corner!

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

There are two museums under the same 'brand'. One of the focuses on Islamic calligraphy (principally Qur'ans) and the other has a much wider selection of exhibits. They are within walking distance of each other. Entry is a couple of dinars for each one (if I remember correctly). The signage in both museums is reasonably good and there were no... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

It is a bit dated, and very crowded, but you will never see as many Arab and Islamic artifacts in one place. If really into jewelry or swords or textiles, you could spend all day here.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is an inspired collection. It is eclectic, being the product of two talented individuals; Tareq Rajab and his wife, housing both Islamic and ethnographic objects. While the scale of the museum is modest in relation to National collections, it remains a family collection of great importance and is honestly breathtaking in its range and quality with some truly fascinating... More 

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Kuwait does not have many museums. The Tarek Rajanb Museums - one for calligraphy and one for Islamic Arts are definitely places to visit. This Kuwaiti gentleman has been collecting pieces since he was a young boy. His collections come from all over the Middle East. To me (European) , the museum for Calligraphy, although it has outstanding collections, is... More 

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Reviewed 27 August 2016

The museum is extensive and the quality and variety of the artifacts is impressive. In fact, I would describe the value of the collection as priceless. It is sad to see this wonderful museum so under visited. Anyone interested in Islamic history and art will love it. The pieces come from all over the Islamic world, from Morocco to India.... More 

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