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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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Mind-boggling collection of calligraphic art

Even for those like me that can't read Arabic script, the collection that ranges from ancient to (almost) new and from books, textiles, paintings, to stone works is absolutely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Molln, Germany
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Molln, Germany
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Even for those like me that can't read Arabic script, the collection that ranges from ancient to (almost) new and from books, textiles, paintings, to stone works is absolutely amazing. I don't think there is any place in the world where you can see more of the famous and highly valued Kaaba hangings and curtains together under one roof. Exhibits... More 

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Kuwait, Kuwait
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The place is contains Islamic and Kuwaitis old souvenirs . I dislike the way to rich the house it's in middle of homes

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Jordan
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69 reviews 69 reviews
42 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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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7 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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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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