National Museum of Qatar
National Museum of Qatar
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
1:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The immersive and experiential National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) tells the story of Qatar and its people from earliest times to today, bringing to life the peninsula’s natural history, giving voice to Qatar’s rich heritage and culture, and expressing a vibrant community’s aspirations for the future. The new museum embraces, as its centrepiece, the restored historic Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani (1880-1957), son of the founder of modern Qatar: a building that in former times was both the home of the Royal Family and the seat of government and was subsequently the site of the original National Museum. Jean Nouvel’s new building incorporates the Palace while seamlessly integrating innovative artworks commissioned from Qatari and international artists, rare and precious objects, documentary materials, and interactive learning opportunities.
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  • Connie M
    Olympia, Washington296 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Incredible
    Extraordinary modern architecture that surrounds the Old Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jason Al Thani. The museum is designed to take you through the history of Beginnings, Life in Qatar and Building the nation. The displays and videography are amazing along with immersive technology to tell the story. I cannot say enough about the architecture inside to enhance the experience. At the time we visited there was also modern exhibits that were interactive. Awesome experiences. Exhibits change and I’m quite confident all would be amazing. We were very impressed that the museum had sections in each area specifically for children to interact. This is incredibly family friendly. It’s very easy to book your tickets and time reservation’s online which I would highly recommend. We were there in the summertime which is the low tourist season. Plan on spending several hours if not a half day to really experience the exhibitions and out door Palace. Photo opportunities are another reason to take your time. The staff are kind, very accommodating and professional. In terms of transportation one can use the metro, cab or private driver (Uber). We took a cab then realized the difficulty of getting one back so staff kindly booked us an Uber. Truly amazing experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Jasmine kaur
    65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful museum
    It's a great place for those who love hostory.. It's a huge museum with a lot of creativity, too. Beautiful old accessories, utensils,clothes, etc, displayed there beautifully. Special effects of nature's sound have taken the creativity to another level.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Jane V
    Burntisland, United Kingdom33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must Visit -National MuseumDoha
    First visit to Doha. What a fabulous place the National Museum is. The building is amazing and lovely to wander round the outside. It feels calming and peaceful. Inside doesn’t disappoint. Temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries covering the history and culture of Qatar. Nice friendly and helpful staff. A great place to visit. Accessible by metro.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 12 July 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota4,968 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum Experience
    The National Museum of Qatar was excellent. It starts with the beautiful architecture of the building. Inside is a well-organized, interactive museum highlighting the history of the region and the building of modern-day Qatar. On the grounds is the restored palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani who ruled Qatar in the early 1900s and was in power when Ottoman control ended in 1916 and the country became a British protectorate. There is a terrific views of Doha harbor and port from the top of the Palace. You can easily access the museum from the Gold Metro line. I was here for 2 hours, and you can easily spend longer.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 29 July 2023
  • ItchyFeet_WarmHeart
    New York City, New York194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my favorite museums
    Such an amazing museum with artifacts from Islamicate societies not only in the western, central, and South Asia but also from Spain and east Asia as well. I was particularly found of the Islamic manuscripts section when had wonderful examples of codices from the Islamicate world and had a fantastic video on the various processes that go into the making of a manuscript. Definitely recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Hamed a
    Doha, Qatar6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    The National Museum of Qatar is a cultural masterpiece that beautifully showcases the rich heritage and history of Qatar. The architectural design itself is a work of art, reflecting the desert rose, a symbol of the nation. Inside, visitors are taken on an immersive journey through time, exploring the country's past, present, and vision for the future. The exhibits are thoughtfully curated and captivating, making the museum a must-visit destination for anyone seeking to understand and appreciate the essence of Qatar's identity. يعتبر متحف قطر الوطني تحفة ثقافية تُعرِض بجمالية تراث قطر الغني وتاريخها. التصميم المعماري ذاته عمل فني يعكس وردة الصحراء، رمز الوطن. بالداخل، يأخذ الزوار في رحلة متعمقة عبر الزمن، استكشافًا الماضي والحاضر ورؤية المستقبل للبلاد. تم تنسيق المعروضات بعناية وجاذبية، مما يجعل المتحف وجهة يجب زيارتها لأي شخص يسعى لفهم وتقدير جوهر هوية قطر.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Monny Farhan
    Doha, Qatar25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Desert Rose magic 😍
    As a traveller who likes exploring cities, I can barely say they the construction fascinated me! Inspired by desert rose , builded by french architect , this building is one of the masterpieces of museum in the world. You can read more about it’s story when you go there. A place must visit if you are an expat who lives in Qatar.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Grace M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extraordinary exploration
    My trip to the National Museum of Qatar was like stepping into a time machine through the country's awesome history and vibrant culture. The second I walked into that incredible building, I was totally blown away by how stunning it was, and I just knew I was in for something special. Seriously, the way they designed the museum is a true masterpiece. They've nailed the mix of modern vibes and traditional Qatari style. As I strolled around, I got lost in time thanks to these mind-blowing displays, interactive setups, and stories that made history come alive. Definitely a must visit!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Louise H
    Sydney, Australia87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Architecturally spectacular
    The building, designed by a French architect, resembles a desert rose and in itself is worth visiting. It is located near a metro station which is very handy. The exhibition guides you through each ‘petal’ exploring Arab culture. There’s some amazing video shows, and lots of interactive screens and things for kids.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Unique Dreamscape
    Plantation, Florida21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating Journey
    Inspired from the desert rose, Qatar national Museum is very unique. A truly captivating experience that left me in awe of Qatar's rich cultural heritage. Stunning architecture that seamlessly blends modernity with tradition. The displays are a perfect mix of artifacts, interactive installations, and multimedia presentations that appeal to visitors of all ages. A must-visit destination for anyone interested in delving into Qatar's cultural heritage. It's a testament to the nation's commitment to preserving and celebrating its history while embracing the future
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled on business
    Written 21 August 2023
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Sea Dweller
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,565 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Family
Characterized by giant interlocking discs inspired by the intricate crystalline desert roses known to "bloom" in the Qatari desert and Qatar's cultural heritage, the National Museum of Qatar is one of the country's most iconic buildings. While you might think you'd need a whole day to explore the Jean Nouvel-designed museum, which occupies a large part of Doha's historic center, its exhibition halls occupy only part of the building.
Opened in March 2018, 11 interconnected galleries tell the story of Qatar from its geological formation some 700 million years ago to the oil-rich country of today.
But the museum does not end there: the continuation outside is the restored original palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, the third Emir of Qatar, who reigned from 1913 to 1949. There's not much to see inside the modest structure, but the traditional building offers a rare glimpse into a bygone era.
Written 19 May 2024
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John Reggan
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
National Museum of Qatar is one of the most fascinating architecture you'll ever see. It is an archiecture piece inspired from desert rose.

• When you visit this museum, it is recommended to book your time slot of visit via online.
• It costs only 50 QAR but it is free for GCC residents.
• There will be a free buggy service from the car parking if you are driving.
• There is a cafe inside the museum that has a good captivating view of the museum itself.
• There's also a gift shop inside and if you're collecting souvenirs, their merchs are in best quality for a cheaper price.
• Overall, I really loved this place and I am glad I finally visited.
Written 18 May 2024
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Kelly lee S
66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is by far one of the BEST museums I have been to, the interactive stations for the children are amazing along with the entry price (£5) my children could have stayed there for hours if I let them.
This museum is beautiful with outstanding architecture, I would definitely recommend a vist.
Written 9 May 2024
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Ross D
Doha, Qatar25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Such an impressive museum with some fascinating exhibits and brilliant projections on the walls giving the stories / exhibits more life. There was so much more than I was expecting.
Written 4 May 2024
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max
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Building is stunning - this place gives you a great insight into the history of qatar from past to present.
I think you are a casual stroller you can probably walk the museum in approx 2/2.5hrs.
I would recommend to visit if you like your history!
There were also quite a few interactive kids areas throughout.
Written 3 May 2024
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Emre
13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It is one of the few beautiful places you can go in Doha.

It will be a very fun place for children.

The old palace in the middle section is a place where you can take beautiful photos that will keep the history of that geography alive.

It would be the right choice to go at noon and spend time until dinner.
Written 25 April 2024
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scotdoc2015
Birmingham, UK223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
You will be silenced by this museum. It uses the latest technology to show where Qatar came from. Outside just as amazing as inside. Be prepared be dazzled with amazing photos, videos, projections etc. Very few toilets - be prepared !
Written 20 March 2024
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Suzana_81
London, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I have no words for how wonderful this museum is. Absolutely spectacular inside and outside. I love going to museums when visiting different places and this one is definitely one of my favourite ones. The history of Qatar is presented in an interesting and interactive way using multimedia. Stunning!!
Written 18 March 2024
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sunilt1960
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates794 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
The National Museum of Qatar in the current building opened to the public on 28 March 2019, The building was designed by designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect architect Jean Nouvel who was inspired by the desert rose crystal, which can be found in Qatar. Desert rose is an intricate rose-like formation of crystal clusters of gypsum or baryte, which include abundant sand grains. The "petals" are crystals flattened fanning open in radiating clusters.

The new building was constructed on the site of the old building. The historic palace was restored by Berlin-based architecture and engineering firm ZRS Architekten Ingenieure. This important monument to Qatar's past is now preserved The relation between the new building and the old building is part of creating the bridge with the past and of celebrating national identity

British archaeologist Beatrice de Cardi and her team were commissioned to undertake expeditions in Qatar from November 1973 to January 1974 in order to collect artifacts to display in the museum.

The 430,000 square foot (40,000 m2) museum is made up of interlocking discs that create cavities to protect visitors from the desert heat . The museum site includes Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani's Palace, which is the heart of the Qatari national identity. Located on a 1.5 million ft² site at the south end of Doha's Corniche, the building rises
Written 18 March 2024
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Steve M
Farnham, UK102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Learnt so much about the history of the Country in an amazing building. Recommend to anyone wanting to find out more about this lovely
Country. Lots of interactive things to touch, interviews with people to watch and artefacts, costumes, jewellery to see:
Written 16 March 2024
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