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Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Calligraphy

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Address: Street 1 Block 12, Kuwait City, Kuwait
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What a little Gem!

A fabulous private museum that was hidden when the Iraqis invaded so the contents were not looted and damaged. Beautiful costumes, swords and jewellery, and stunning calligraphy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
Kittygangar
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Jordan
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Jordan
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

A fabulous private museum that was hidden when the Iraqis invaded so the contents were not looted and damaged. Beautiful costumes, swords and jewellery, and stunning calligraphy in copies of the Holy Qoran complete an excellent collection.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This place is not open all day so check before you go but do go. It is a nice little place with lots of interesting things to see. As there are not lots and lots of historical things to see in Kuwait I think this place is a must do for anyone just moved here or visiting. Small entrance fee... More 

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Rock Hall
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I had thought that this museum and the one on Islamic Arts were physically right together. While they are close in the city they are several blocks apart and 2 separate entrance fees. I did not stay in this one long because, although I could appreciate the beauty, I knew little about it so could not understand what I was... More 

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Monterey, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This appears to be the same place as the Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Art, for which I already wrote a review. The calligraphy portion appears to be a large collection of Qur'ans, some very very old. Also in this section is supposedly one of the oldest gold Dinars.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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284 reviews 284 reviews
177 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Although this collection does not pack as much of a punch as the Islamic Arts section of the museum, it is nonetheless extremely important. The quality of the manuscripts and calligraphy is outstanding. The age of the works is astounding. For the non-expert, however, a casual glance works best.

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Baghdad, Iraq
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Unique collection of beautiful manuscripts and artifacts in a very pleasant environment. Beautiful insight into the art of calligraphy and Islamic art in general. Even if you don't speak Arabic you will enjoy it. As someone mentioned, if you try to reach it with a cab mention the New English School - which is just across the street - as... More 

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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great place. A lot of history. Very othentic. Clean. Very old antiques. If you want to know about the history of Kuwait you must vist. I highly recommend this place to visit.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I understand that manuscripts were Tareq Rajab's first passion and while he has his museum of Islamic art and ethnography, the calligraphy museum, opposite the New English School properly houses and displays in great style a fascinating collection that he has built over a lifetime. It is a great initiative on his part and is worth revisiting many times if... More 

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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98 reviews 98 reviews
26 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is certainly a rare collection of Islamic artifacts and is worth a visit. The exhibits range from the ornate and decorative to the massive and practical. You will almost certainly leave with a new respect for Islamic art. The easiest way to locate the museum is to ask for the New English School (a large pink building with flags... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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101 reviews 101 reviews
37 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

This interesting museum contains more items than you would think. Entrance fee is 2 KD each, and we spent about 1.5 hours looking at the collections which included jewelry, musical instruments, pottery, guns, furniture and other unique objects from the Islamic world. I would have given this museum five stars but much of the collection is in need of a... More 

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