We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Arts

PO Box 6156 Hawelli, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Improve this listing
Ranked #6 of 21 attractions in Kuwait City
Type: Art Museums
7 visitor photos
Write a Review

14 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Salmiyah, Kuwait
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dublin, Ireland
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Canberra, Australia
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
40 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
26 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

This is a "must see" for anyone living in Kuwait. The museum was protected during the war so all the pieces are still in place. Many beautiful Quran's to view, jewels, English clothing and rugs. Just lovely.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kuwait City, Kuwait
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

This private museum has caused jaws to drop due to the amount of artifacts displayed there. One visit might causes you to wonder about the amount of time and money Mr. Rajab has invested in this place. The jewelry, armoury, weapons, currencies, different versions of the Holy Quran, and Incense burners are going to amaze you. Entrance fees are 2.K.D.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

I love the they preserve the old stuff specially the jewelries lots and lots of wedding jewelries.And a lovely artifacts that is well preserve.And the best Quran calligraphy which i appreciate the most being a muslim.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
39 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Original Orientalist paintings, Arabic wedding jewelry, a tiny koran in two volumes, room after room of surprises--and I thought the coral teardrop-encrusted rifle was worth the trip. A fascinating museum of artifacts collected by one couple--well worth the trip.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Arts also viewed

Kuwait City, Kuwait
Kuwait City, Kuwait

Been to Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Arts? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Arts, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing