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Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art

Education City off Al-Luqta Street, Doha, Qatar
+974 4402 8855
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Ranked #13 of 29 Attractions in Doha
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Mathaf ('museum' in Arabic) is a new institution dedicated to Arab culture and creativity opened in Doha December 2010. Located near Education City, the museum is home to a permanent collection offering a unique and comprehensive overview of modern Arab art, and is poised to become a vital centre for dialogue and scholarship in the region.

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Dorrigo, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Saw a collection by Iranian artist Shirin Neshat titled afterwards.She has used elements from mythology,history,social events,emotions and personal life experiences. She looks at the connection between ancient history and the politics of the present in visual portraits that employ photography, calligraphy and poetry and also filmmaking tecniques in a very moving collection.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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81 reviews 81 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Lost in the middle of nowhere close to the Universities and Conference Center, it is a NIGHTMARE to reach with taxi. Nobody knows where it is and the way there took us 45 minutes...and then we arrives the galleries were closed for installation, the coffeeshop closed for renovation, just three painting in the main entrance to see...I called one hour... More

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Doha, Qatar
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Difficult to find, in the middle of a building site, no signs - all this makes for a tricky adventure - so... until this is all sorted, I recommend that one should only go when there is an exhibition. The actual building is incredible and most certainly a first among equals at Education City, however, the permanent collection lacks curating.... More

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Doha, Qatar
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I visited the Mathaf with two groups of students and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. The second visit was far better than the first. They provided interactive booklets to each child which allowed the kids to really become involved with the exhibition and every child was engaged and excited. The first visit was rather boring for the kids,... More

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Aalen, Germany
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

It's a little bit tricky to get to the Mathaf. Not really tricky but it's nort promoted very well. Easiest way is to take the Shuttle at the MIA. If you're lucky you're one of very few visitors to the Mathaf and you can enjoy the Architecture and the featured exhibition without the usual crowd you'd be facing in other... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This old school building was sensitively renovated and reused as the temporary location for an interesting collection by contemporary artists from the Gulf and The Arab world. Small yet rich library is available with interesting and updated resources.

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Doha, Qatar
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79 reviews 79 reviews
45 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

In terms of location, this is this by far the hardest museum u could possibly find on the map. So just make sure where it is before going. Soecially if ur using karwa. Parking is available. Meseum organazation and management is excellent. Meseum content is more like huge commisioned/or not exhibitions rather than collection. Highly recommend

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12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Opening times: Sunday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday: 11 am - 6 pm, Friday: 3 pm - 9 pm; Monday closed. Admission: Free admission to the permanent collection exhibition; QR25 for temporary exhibitions. Free entry for students and children under 16 to all exhibitions. Free entrance for ICOM (International Council of Museums) and CIMAM (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art) members. The... More

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Al-Rayyan, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I had an internship at mathaf and this was my first thing to have with modern or contemporary art. The place is very unique and the experience you get will change with every new exhibition. The people working there are really keen to be the best and to provide the best experience to the visitors. Definitely worth visiting even if... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I am an artist and when ever i travel i have to visit museums and galleries. Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art hosts artist from different Arab countries which makes it more interesting. the place is bright and relaxing. The gift shop is a must visit.

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