Museum of Islamic Art

Museum of Islamic Art, Doha: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Museum of Islamic Art Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of Islamic Art
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
1:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Set in the MIA Park on the Doha waterfront, the museum building stands out as an architectural gem. Once inside, you will see masterpieces of Islamic art, including metalwork, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, textiles and glass, collected from three continents and dating from the 7th to the 19th century. Entry to the museum is FREE.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Que D
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Gorgeous
Feb 2021 • Friends
This is a very beautiful places. There is so much art from a round the worked. It is 3 floors and I would recommending spending 3-4 days here. There was so much to see.
Written March 7, 2021
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shamsa l
Doha, Qatar24 contributions
MIA park
Feb 2021 • Couples
Relaxing walk along the gardens and Cornish of MIA park. Ample parking, beautiful views of sea and west bay and have children’s play area too.
Written February 26, 2021
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Travel lover
Doha, Qatar386 contributions
Must visit place in Doha
Feb 2021 • Solo
A fairly young museum in Doha, but has already gained popularity among visitors and residents. Everything here amazes: the architectural solution of the building, the adjacent park with the best panoramic view of the modern part of the city, the interior decor of the exhibition halls and, accordingly, the exhibition itself. Islamic art is presented in all aspects - writing and calligraphy, architecture, sculpture, science, jewelry, military armor and in the everyday life of people who have progressed to Islam.
Tickets can only be purchased via the mobile app, subject to credit card payment. This application has an audio guide option, which allows you to find out information about a particular exhibit in an accessible form, as well as about the museum as a whole.
The museum has a coffee shop with panoramic windows overlooking Doha and comfortable wrought-iron sofas where you can enjoy a cup of coffee after the tour.
On the ground floor there is a shop with a large selection of souvenirs and gifts.
If you have never been to this museum, I highly recommend visiting
Written February 4, 2021
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland19,133 contributions
a rich art collection in an architectural masterpiece
Mar 2020
There are three sights for me in Doha, the Souq Wakif, the National Museum and the Museum of Islamic Art, that by itself are worth a trip to that city. The Museum of Islamic Art sits on an artificial island in the sea and is in walking distance from the Souq Wakif. Before going inside one should admire the building's exterior from the close by Dhow Harbour and the Corniche.

When the renowned Chinese-American architect I.M.Pei, by then already 91 years old (he passed away in New York 2017 aged 102) to do this building he travelled for a half a year through the Arab world to study traditional Islamic architecture. A building that apparently inspired him the most had been the Ibn Tulun Mosque in Cairo. The architect also insisted on an artificial island by the sea, so the museum wouldn't get encroached later by tall high rises.

At the entrance one has to go through the usual security checks. With the ticket one gets a useful small brochure about the museum. The toilets are before going inside. On the ground floor, where one will automatically first glance at the cupola, the large window facing north, the geometric pattern on the marble floor and the decorative ring above the double staircase. Here are no exhibits, but a library, an auditorium, a gift shop and a snack bar, which I visited twice during my more than 3 hours long visit.

Besides the ground floor (or first floor) there are four more floors. The 4th is reserved for temporary exhibits, the 5th floor houses the famous IDAM restaurant (reservations required), so the whole permanent collection is distributed over the 2nd and 3rd floor. On the 2nd floor we will find the themes 'Figure in Art', 'Calligraphy', 'Patterns', 'Science in Art'. The 3rd floor with the halls 11 to 17 has an exhibition about Early Islamic Art (7th-12th), while the remaining halls show art from mainly Egypt, Syria, Iran, Central Asia, India and Turkey, but there are also artefacts to be found from al-Andalous (Southern Spain), Morocco, Sicily and Tunisia.

All items, mostly carpets, wood work (carved doors), ceramics, pottery, brass, glass, metal work, textiles and some jewelry are labelled in Arabic and English and there are general informations in the same languages, with good, short overviews. Photography is allowed and one can keep a small backpack.
Written January 8, 2021
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Alma
Doha, Qatar9 contributions
Great sea view. The service is great and the café is lovely. Very fun and interesting . A place for good pictures
Dec 2020 • Couples
Great sea view. The service is great and the café is lovely. Very fun and interesting . A place for good pictu
Written December 24, 2020
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Bea
Qatar5 contributions
The gift shop is the best
Dec 2020
Beside the beautiful building and the area around it the gift shop is the best I have ever seen with reasonable prices. Well it depends what you are looking for but I did all my Christmas shopping there!!
A must to visit if you are visiting Qatar!
Written December 4, 2020
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Tareq Ilyan
Amman, Jordan77 contributions
Worth the visit
Nov 2020
The architecture and the view of the building are breathtaking, didn’t like the exhibit much tho. Staff are polite and helpful.
Written November 21, 2020
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JM family traveler
18 contributions
Bonding with family @MIA Park
Oct 2020 • Family
The best place to bond with family...
Fresh and cold air during winter season, greenery views.... The sea is clean and sends fresh air... Food was delicious from the coffee shops and restaurant...
Written November 14, 2020
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Mohamed A
Doha, Qatar16 contributions
State of the Art
Nov 2020 • Solo
This iconic place, allows you to have glimpse of islamic history displayed in a modern way. The experience can only be great
Written November 7, 2020
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Renji Verghese
Doha, Qatar8 contributions
Islamic art museum - History and culture
Dec 2019 • Solo
Fantastic museum. Many items we can see from the asian continent also from africa. Old coins, utensils, documents, ornaments, and many more related to Islamic culture and history. The building architecture also very special. It was a good experience in my life.
Written November 4, 2020
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Museum of Islamic Art is open:
  • Fri - Fri 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Sat - Thu 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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