National Museum of Qatar
National Museum of Qatar
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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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
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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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Buthaina
Doha, Qatar23 contributions
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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Travel lover
Doha, Qatar422 contributions
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 interior decor of the exhibition halls and, accordingly, the exposition itself. The National Museum of Qatar is organized in three "chapters"—Beginnings, Life in Qatar, and Building the Nation—presented in eleven galleries. There are lots of interesting artefacts, but I was amazed by the Pearl Carpet of Baroda—embroidered with more than 1.5 million of the highest quality Gulf pearls and adorned with emeralds, diamonds, and sapphires.
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.
On the first floor there are 2 shops design like a cave with a large selection of souvenirs and gifts. I recommend visiting and buying a cute little thing to remember the visit to the museum and Qatar in general.
The museum has coffee shop with  comfortable wrought-iron sofas where you can enjoy a cup of coffee after the tour.

Written February 12, 2021
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travelbug47london
Mitcham, UK148 contributions
This is an excellent museum for all ages and somewhere to visit during the hottest part of the day as the air conditioning is very effective. Moreover there are free golf buggies to take you back to the taxi rank or the Metro station. The museum gives an interesting oversight into the history of Qatar and some of the interactive options are truly excellent. It is well worth the 50 dinars fee for non-residents
Written July 10, 2022
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Rasmus JM
Kolding, Denmark48 contributions
Family
We went to see the museum because of its stunning architecture inspired by desert rose crystal - and both outside and inside it’s a mindblowing and beautiful piece of art.

The museum contents were even more amazing. A really well organized walkthrough of the history and nature of Qatar - supported by incredible audio-visual effects so people of all ages, our 3 month old son included, will enjoy it.
Written November 25, 2021
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VinnieLondon
Doha, Qatar7,857 contributions
Friends
This is still an amazing structure worth the visit alone. At the time of visit not all of the museum was open due to some upgrading but the exhibits are still Innovative and great story telling of Qatar’s history and culture. These is also a high quality gift shop, a cafe and high end Arabic restaurant. Lots of covered parking and connected to the metro system. Must visit attraction any visit to Qatar.
Written March 11, 2022
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Kevin R
10 contributions
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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Ron A
Nerja, Spain30 contributions
Family
The National Museum of Qatar is a museum that tells the story of Qatar in a world-class architectural facility. It’s has fantastic multi-visual displays including oral histories, traditional materials and handcrafts. The museum is absolutely modern, but with the Emir’s old palace on the grounds for balance and reinforcement of their historical journey. I have been twice, and imagine I will return again!
Written April 12, 2022
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Tourist363820
1 contribution
Solo
This museum tells the story of Qatar from the point of view of the Qataris. And their rags to riches story is a fascinating one. Qatari society can also be difficult to penetrate so hearing them tell their story is eye opening. However, the vast majority of people in Qatar are foreign workers and their experiences were almost completely missing from this museum. Since the 1950s they have played a significant role in the nation. They should have been included here.
Written November 7, 2021
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Peachytravellers
Gold Coast, Australia965 contributions
Solo
The National Museum of Qatar 🇶🇦 is amazing

The buildings are an amazing combination of old and new giving a great history of Qatar and its past...!

The exhibits are beautifully curated and show Qatar history to present time.

This is a must see while in Doha! 🙂👍🏻

Depending which time of year you visit, they might have a little “pop-up” market in the middle.

Allow yourself already 1/2 to make your way around the air conditioned building.

Check out the website for prices, however for a non-resident it cost me 50 Royal.
🇶🇦👍🏻🐪🐍

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Written February 14, 2020
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Sophie Jalal
Dammam, Saudi Arabia14 contributions
Family
The best and favourite national museums I have ever visited! I was amazingly impressed and it takes a lot to impress me.Starting from the exterior architecture resembling a desert rock to the beautiful interior display of the environmental history of the region. Every display is technologically enhanced but in total harmony and the indirect lighting techniques sets the mood walking you through a journey.
Written August 13, 2021
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