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Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Arts

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Address: PO Box 6156 Hawelli, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Phone Number: 25317358
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Incredible

Tucked away in the basement of a suburban home, you'd never imagine what treasures (and sometimes tat) they have here. Stuff that one typically sees only fragments of in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Tucked away in the basement of a suburban home, you'd never imagine what treasures (and sometimes tat) they have here. Stuff that one typically sees only fragments of in 'western' museums (12c ceramics and glassware, early Koranic scriptures etc etc), is on display. Incredible.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This collection is massive in its scope. Privately amassed and saved from the invading Iraqis, the variety of the items and the depth and variety of the holdings is astounding. It can overwhelm on the first visit. Plan to spend enough time to absorb the mass of riches.

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Tartu, Estonia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I planned 2 hours, but run out of time - it was so interesting. I particularly enjoyed the enormous collection of jewelry and costumes. Bought their book to investigate further back home...

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Camino al Tagliamento, Italy
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Wonderful displays packed with clothing, jewelry and other ornamental artifacts not to mention some beautiful islamic manuscripts of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of decoration.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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76 reviews 76 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a breathtaking collection of artifacts which has taken a lifetime to put together. The exhibits are eclectic (to say the least) and range from stunning gold jewelery to large stone and wood containers. Some of the art work is amazing. If you are a local, expat or visitor and you have not been here, I highly recommend it.... More 

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Salmiyah, Kuwait
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

They selection of jewelry and customs is amazing but you can have too much of the same thing. The amount of items is overwhelming and becomes a distraction when taking the children through.

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Dublin, Ireland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This museum is a real treasure. It's not easy to find and the opening times can catch you out. It's well worth the effort locating the museum and spending an hour looking at some rally beautiful artefacts. There are some fabulous traditional clothing exhibitions and of course jewellery from various parts of the world across many centuries. You could easily... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

This museum is equivalent to great museums in the world for its wonderful collection of calligraphy and art work - all by one man. Saved during the Iraqi invasion, this museum is really worth seeing if you like calligraphy. I have seen few other museums in the world with such ancient and beautiful pieces.

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Los Angeles, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
41 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

This is a small, private, unobtrusive place, not particularly easy to find if you don't have a car and driver. But worth the effort. They hid it from Saddam Hussein's raging demons in 1990 by blocking off a passageway and leading the plunderers to believe there was nothing beyond. In fact, there is a wealth of artifacts from all over... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

The Tareq Rajab Museum is a private museum with a very large collection of jewellery, clothing, armour, ceramics, old manuscripts and other artefacts from the Islamic world, situated in the basement of a large villa. Lots of interesting things to see, especially if you're interested in the Kuwaiti Bedouin culture, with different kinds of historic costumes and jewellery. When information... More 

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