National Museum of Qatar
National Museum of Qatar
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
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
The immersive and experiential National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) tells the story of Qatar and its people from earliest times to today, bringing to life the peninsula’s natural history, giving voice to Qatar’s rich heritage and culture, and expressing a vibrant community’s aspirations for the future. The new museum embraces, as its centrepiece, the restored historic Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani (1880-1957), son of the founder of modern Qatar: a building that in former times was both the home of the Royal Family and the seat of government and was subsequently the site of the original National Museum. Jean Nouvel’s new building incorporates the Palace while seamlessly integrating innovative artworks commissioned from Qatari and international artists, rare and precious objects, documentary materials, and interactive learning opportunities.
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  • Jane V
    Burntisland, United Kingdom36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must Visit -National MuseumDoha
    First visit to Doha. What a fabulous place the National Museum is. The building is amazing and lovely to wander round the outside. It feels calming and peaceful. Inside doesn’t disappoint. Temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries covering the history and culture of Qatar. Nice friendly and helpful staff. A great place to visit. Accessible by metro.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 12, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,283 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum Experience
    The National Museum of Qatar was excellent. It starts with the beautiful architecture of the building. Inside is a well-organized, interactive museum highlighting the history of the region and the building of modern-day Qatar. On the grounds is the restored palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani who ruled Qatar in the early 1900s and was in power when Ottoman control ended in 1916 and the country became a British protectorate. There is a terrific views of Doha harbor and port from the top of the Palace. You can easily access the museum from the Gold Metro line. I was here for 2 hours, and you can easily spend longer.
    Visited November 2022
    Written July 29, 2023
  • ItchyFeet_WarmHeart
    New York City, New York194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my favorite museums
    Such an amazing museum with artifacts from Islamicate societies not only in the western, central, and South Asia but also from Spain and east Asia as well. I was particularly found of the Islamic manuscripts section when had wonderful examples of codices from the Islamicate world and had a fantastic video on the various processes that go into the making of a manuscript. Definitely recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Hamed a
    Doha, Qatar6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    The National Museum of Qatar is a cultural masterpiece that beautifully showcases the rich heritage and history of Qatar. The architectural design itself is a work of art, reflecting the desert rose, a symbol of the nation. Inside, visitors are taken on an immersive journey through time, exploring the country's past, present, and vision for the future. The exhibits are thoughtfully curated and captivating, making the museum a must-visit destination for anyone seeking to understand and appreciate the essence of Qatar's identity. يعتبر متحف قطر الوطني تحفة ثقافية تُعرِض بجمالية تراث قطر الغني وتاريخها. التصميم المعماري ذاته عمل فني يعكس وردة الصحراء، رمز الوطن. بالداخل، يأخذ الزوار في رحلة متعمقة عبر الزمن، استكشافًا الماضي والحاضر ورؤية المستقبل للبلاد. تم تنسيق المعروضات بعناية وجاذبية، مما يجعل المتحف وجهة يجب زيارتها لأي شخص يسعى لفهم وتقدير جوهر هوية قطر.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Monny Farhan
    Doha, Qatar28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Desert Rose magic 😍
    As a traveller who likes exploring cities, I can barely say they the construction fascinated me! Inspired by desert rose , builded by french architect , this building is one of the masterpieces of museum in the world. You can read more about it’s story when you go there. A place must visit if you are an expat who lives in Qatar.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Grace M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extraordinary exploration
    My trip to the National Museum of Qatar was like stepping into a time machine through the country's awesome history and vibrant culture. The second I walked into that incredible building, I was totally blown away by how stunning it was, and I just knew I was in for something special. Seriously, the way they designed the museum is a true masterpiece. They've nailed the mix of modern vibes and traditional Qatari style. As I strolled around, I got lost in time thanks to these mind-blowing displays, interactive setups, and stories that made history come alive. Definitely a must visit!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Louise H
    Sydney, Australia87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Architecturally spectacular
    The building, designed by a French architect, resembles a desert rose and in itself is worth visiting. It is located near a metro station which is very handy. The exhibition guides you through each ‘petal’ exploring Arab culture. There’s some amazing video shows, and lots of interactive screens and things for kids.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Unique Dreamscape
    Plantation, Florida21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating Journey
    Inspired from the desert rose, Qatar national Museum is very unique. A truly captivating experience that left me in awe of Qatar's rich cultural heritage. Stunning architecture that seamlessly blends modernity with tradition. The displays are a perfect mix of artifacts, interactive installations, and multimedia presentations that appeal to visitors of all ages. A must-visit destination for anyone interested in delving into Qatar's cultural heritage. It's a testament to the nation's commitment to preserving and celebrating its history while embracing the future
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled on business
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Etsub N
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun and interactive museum
    Impressed by the fun and interactive displays. Other countries including my own should learn how to make museums appealing and use them as an opportunity to document and showcase all aspects of the country's current and future aspirations. They have audiovisual displays and interactive games that can keep even a teenager engaged.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Serena Dest
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Cultural Gem in the Middle East
    I can confirm the National Museum of Qatar is a masterpiece of architecture and culture. It beautifully brings together history and art, offering a deep dive into Qatar's rich heritage. Highly recommend it as one of the top attractions there!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 7, 2023
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Anthony T
Porto, Portugal64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a must visit for anyone staying in Doha. The architecture is striking and constantly revealing new qualities of space and design. On its own this would be worth the time to wander, but on top of this the history and natural history of Qatar is very well articulated and exhibited. The displays use great drama in projections onto the architecture and at the other end of the scale beautifully show the daytoday life of the past in small objects and treasures. When we visited there was also a great temporary exhibition of fabulous Art Nouveau jewellry.
Written January 18, 2020
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Buthaina
Doha, Qatar34 contributions
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Dec 2021 • Friends
It’s a magnificent place, it has all Qatar history and the wonderful gifts people traded back in time, it’s suitable for all ages and it’s perfect for families and friends, the museum is huge I recommend visiting in the morning. Also the museum has a lot of shops surrounding it. Remember their is an old museum at the end of the big museum tour so if you are looking forward to visit both museums you have to buy the tickets from the beginning. The prices of the tickets aren’t expensive and they are perfect for everyone. I went there with 2 of my friends and we enjoyed our time there. Moreover, the cafe was so good and the people there were super nice to us and they drew a cat in my coffee because I was wearing a cat T-shirt and the staff helped us when we were lost. I can’t describe much in words but if you’re going there you’ll be as speechless as I was. 😍
Written June 18, 2022
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alehope30
116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you are interesting in history of Qatar, you should visit this museum.
There is history about Qatar but also of entire arabic peninsula. Also there are some explanation about the modernity in Qatar.
The museum offer a good athmosphere and there is a free wifi.
Inside there are several instructive games for children and parents.
For foreigner the admission is 50QR and you can reuse the ticket for the next 3 days.
Written February 3, 2020
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Aethelred
Cambridge, MA1,339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The museum is a magnificent piece of architecture, situated just across a Gold Line metro stop, from where (and to which) you get free golf buggies, and worth visiting just for the built environment.

In fact, the architecture is on a grander level than the exhibits, but the collections are very interesting as well. I found the display of recent Qatari history (monarchy transitions, boycotts etc.) very honest utc and well done indeed, seeing that this is a National Museum after all - certainly more honest than the British Museum, but that's ofc a low threshold. Of the collection pieces, the Pearl Carpet of Baroda with 1.5 million Basra pearls (recently bought from Sotheby's for a low $5.5 million) stood out.

But for now and until January 2022, I would strongly recommend the Pipilotti Rist installation at the end of the tour. As it is kind of together with the exit to the Old Palace (which I found underwhelming but the courtyard around it is nice), it is easily missed, but this is really a great, immersive light installation. The theory around it is a bit naff, but one can easily ignore that - and I was surprised to see later on the website that one's supposed not to use one's gadgets. Clearly for most people today, and also given the Qatari culture, this is an Instagram place first of all - but it is also great to just sit there and see the effects go off. Very nice!

The gift shop is good but not as good as those in other Doha museums. The cafe seemed uninviting, the restaurant was closed. None of this is a problem, but I just mention it for planning purposes. 100 riel is a stiff price. I wonder though how they'll make it through FIFA; it's a large and wide space but not meant for too many people.
Written October 23, 2022
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Ayushman N
Leeds, UK161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The general consensus from most of the other reviews is that the NMoQ is an absolute must visit when one is visiting Doha... and they're not wrong, because it is. Cutting edge architecture which is photogenic in bucketloads and quite simply just makes you take a step back. Nouvel's stunning desert rose inspired structure makes for quite the view. The inside of the museum continues to impress, with modern displays and projections and 3D models offering a comprehensive history of Qatar from the pre-oil days when its livelihood depended on pearling and fishing to the present day. I would say that really this museum is indispensable on a trip to Qatar as it offers such an insight into a country that is more than just an oil republic - this museum helps to showcase that. The museum is modern, cutting edge and stunning and whatever personal views one may have on Qatar, its evident that this museum provides an excellently portrayed insight into Qatar and its history.
Written January 4, 2020
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad6,373 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
The National Museum is truly a gorgeous and unusual building. The roof design is one I have not seen before. The day I visited there was an exhibition and it was totally free. Inside the security was tight. Many workers were there in case you need help or explanation for any of the displays and security every where. The interior is truly beautiful.
Be sure to wear flat comfy shoes because the walk to the building and the entrance was for me a bit slow and tedious in high heels because the time I visited it was a bit gravelly outside.
Written March 6, 2020
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Cynthia H
Sarasota, FL22 contributions
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Dec 2019
What a great way to send the day-or at least 3-4 hours.
It was a great educational, cultural and artistic experience to visit the National Museum of Qatar. From the amazing gigantic niqaab (woman's face covering) to the narration and movies of ancient Doah and Qatar to the exhibits of clothing to jewels to pottery as well as the lovely coffee shop, gift shops and expansive courtyard...it was a lovey experience to send an afternoon there.
Oh, and don't miss seeing the massive rug made of pearls-it is literally priceless!
Written January 22, 2020
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Kevin R
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
Revisit to this amazing structure which houses the national museum. Metro link station onsite as well as lots of covered car parking (with golf buggy transfer on hot days for the 2-3 minute walk to the main entrance). Qatar citizens and residents get free entrance. Really high quality gift shops on site as well as a nice cafe and fine dining restaurant. The exhibit spaces and walls are used fantastically to show video images of Qatari culture and history. The talking head videos of senior Qatari citizens recalling life in unbelievably tougher times and how families moved between the sea and desert across the seasons is very insightful. The exhibits are well presented and complement the video story telling. You need 3-4 hours to really experience the circular tour. Also leave time for the replica Qatari settlement in the grounds of the museum in the cooler months. Great example of a modern engaging museum set in a fabulous piece of architecture. A must see for all Qatar residents and Visitors.
Written July 19, 2021
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bertrowe
Adelaide, Australia23 contributions
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Feb 2020
This isn't an extensive museum by world standards, but its concentration on the history of Qatar makes it one of the most unique. You need to be prepared to do a fair amount of reading if you want to get the most out of your visit, since the unfolding history is told as much in words as it is in visual displays. If not, you may be a little disappointed, as the exhibits are not extensive and your trip could be a quick one. After leaving the "display" section of the museum there is a bonus in the access provided to a restored palace of one of modern Qatar's early rulers. It provides a fascinating look into the relatively simple lives of Qatar's sheikhs, in comparison to the grand palaces and opulence of past European and Asian kings and queens.
Written February 13, 2020
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Mukesh Rai
New Delhi, India67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
It's a nice place. Tells a lot about Qatar history. Nicely built structure new and very unique . They have increased the ticket prices by 100 QAR which is not worth paying. Not value for money if u go with a family of five u need to pay about $150 . Overall good
Written October 21, 2022
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