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Museum of Islamic Art
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MIA Tour - Museum of Islamic Art
Ranked #1 of 110 things to do in Doha
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 16, 2013

Beautiful building and a lovely cafe for lunch or coffee. Worth a visit even if you're not a fan of the art. take a walk around the park too and enjoy the view across the bay at sunset.

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Reviewed May 15, 2013

a wonderful collection of Artworks reflecting Islamic civilization!!!
Don't miss to take a café in the cafeteria right on the Sea with a stunning view of the modern city (Dafna Area) with all skyscrapers

Thank Liegi_BelgioMobeee
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

We went there two days ago, after reading much good reviews regarding its cubic-like exterior and excellent artifacts. Well, if you have been to other museums in Middle East, you'd probably think twice before judging this museum as the best. We went to Bahrain National Museum and the artifacts they had were extensive; they had much much more manuscripts and artifacts as compared to the ones they have here. They also had the Hall of Graves, with bones dug from burial mounds dating 6th Century. Ok, enough about Bahrain museum, lets talk about Doha museum. They had mainly repetitive artifacts such as candlebras, lights, flasks, tankards, carpets and swords from different dynasties. What was unique here were the permanent paintings, jeweles and astronomical items they had acquired for display. Even the manuscripts they had here were limited to a few pages, bindings, scrap pieces while in Bahrain they were extensive (books) and covered an entire floor

Also, being the critic I am; while the displays were very well maintained in airtight glass cases with controlled temperature readings the lighting were poor at best. So, in order to get good shots of the items you need to adjust your camera to low light capture. This was probably the major drawback here. I don't know about you, but don't you think such great items be accompanied by brightly lit lights? Next, while they showcased items from different dynasties they failed to display items which is true to Qatari culture. Most items were from Syrian, Iran, Turkish and Indian empires.

Another plus point this museum has is its layout of the building and its cubic shape cuts, clear glass staircases and stained glass walkways. Being the romantic I am, I was very impressed with the museum's collection of Shah Jahan's jewels to his wife and concubines.

The museum closes at 8pm, and there is a security check at the entrance and a gift store (not to be missed, they have some nice memorabilia you can purchase-never mind the hefty price tags) Occasionally they also have art exhibition and you can purchase tickets at the gift shop

Thank SaltyBodiceRipper
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Lots of nice culture frome the area, a little more explanation on the artifacts would be nice

There is a nice outdoor cafe at the back of the museum facing towards westbay, spectacular views

Thank Torben H
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

the museum is a piece of heaven and believe me its something you should see and tell your friends about

Thank jeffry h
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