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Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Calligraphy

Address: Street 1 Block 12, Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Ranked #6 of 39 things to do in Kuwait City
Type: Art museums, Museums
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Monterey, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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276 reviews 276 reviews
172 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
26 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
35 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

if u like islamic history and culture it the place to good not to big but got decent collection u will enjoy ur time their. it not expensive.

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Oakland, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
29 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Take awe in the art of devotion. Each calligraphic work of art in this museum represents a piece that combines artistic endeavor with prayerful meditation. What appears to be a simple painting of a bird turns out to be a selection from the Holy Qu'ran written on lontar palm leaves with a hot nail in the shape of a bird.... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Has to be seen to be described. Brilliant but take 2-3 hours to visit. Numerous works of art and calligraphy designs + embroidered coverings from the Kaaba in Mecca. Outstanding

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