The Museum of Islamic Art is a museum on one end of the seven-kilometer-long (4.3 mi) Corniche in Doha, Qatar. As per the architect I. M. Pei's specifications, the museum is built on an island off an artificial projecting peninsula near the traditional dhow harbor. A purpose-built park surrounds the edifice on the eastern and southern facades while two bridges connect the southern front facade of the property with the main peninsula that holds the park. The western and northern facades are marked by the harbor showcasing the Qatari seafaring past.
The museum hosts the restaurant IDAM led by the head chef Alain Ducasse. The restaurant is inspired by French Mediterranean cuisine. IDAM also offers master classes in cooking artisanal bread and raw foods. The museum has a park, workshops for schools and the general public, and a library that provides information about Islamic Arts in both English and Arabic. The library also has nine study rooms.
|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 – 7:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
Noufal Ahmed | Apr 19, 2018
Nice collection of art from countries with Islamic history. Some of items are very old. Not sure if those have been restored, but some of them still inspire in terms of how people in those old times managed something like that. Museum is divided into multiple subsections with each hosting a bunch of relevant art work. If you are interested in Muslim history in terms of art over past 14 centuries, this is good place to go.
Brad Stoops | Apr 13, 2018
A must-see if you get to Doha. The park surrounding the museum is beautiful and well-kept - a green oasis on the corniche. The architecture is stunning inside and out. The exhibits are also quite extensive and interesting, but even if they don't interest you, visit just for the scenery and architecture. I recommend being there at sunset. The views then are wonderful as you enjoy both the sunset as well as the skyline across the bay as it begins to light up. Oh, and the museum is free!
Adaikkappan Palaniappan | Mar 30, 2018
One of the must visit places in Qatar. Fantastic atmosphere and an amazing architect. Things preserved there is less compared to what you see in museums in India. But the way things are kept shows the importance given to the history of Qatar. Apart from what you see inside museum you got a shop inside to buy souvenirs. Also a small restaurants. You will be amazed to see the view of Doha from there. Night time you can view a nice skyscrapers with glowing lights of West Bay skyscrapers. Day time you can see the cool sea and beautiful dhows parked there.
hein kham | Mar 20, 2018
One of the best place for photo spot. Fridays and Saturdays for fun walk in the bazaar but a bit crowded if you want to stay private. Starting from 2pm and onwards to enjoy the bazaar
Dilliram Bhandari | Jun 7, 2018
The Museum of Islamic Art is located in the heart of a body of still, clear water. As you approach you will cross a bridge across the water and feel yourself being drawn in by the striking appearance of the museum. The white building has sharp, boxed edges, and stands alone on the water. In the sunlight, the museum seems to glow with brightness and its compelling ambiance is enhanced. When you step inside, you will be struck by the intricacies of its interior, which sharply contrasts with the simplicity of its exteriorThe Museum of Islamic Art, Doha was the first of its kind in the Persian Gulf and its sheer size alone, over 484,000 sq. ft, is a testament to the dream of its designers
Grace Subbiah | May 4, 2018
If you are a person who likes ancient history well this museum has items dating from the year 10ad. Beautiful peaces of art, utensils, rugs, books and rifles many more beautiful items. Some of the the things took my breath away. It may be a Islamic museum, but every one is welcomed. The outside has a lovely view
Verlina Rodriguez | Apr 26, 2018
Museum of Islamic Art is very informative for those who are interested in artifacts and for those who are curious what is all about. It is additional knowledge and very helpful for young and adults. During my visit, I spend 1 hour or more, I enjoy taking photos and viewing the historical property of this country. It was a great surprise that there are wonderful things around the world, very impressive that you can also see from the museum. It is one of a kind. Bring your friends and family, it is highly recommended. VSR
Sung Mun Yeom | Jun 18, 2018
This museum is spectacular. It is built on a artificial island and the design of the building is just one of a kind. It is a big museum that consists of 5 floors of Islamic art, dating back to 1,400 years. The building is beautiful and truly a work of art. During the day you get a clear view of the design and at night, you get a beautiful light display of the building. It is free to enter and there are hours worth of things to see and read while you're in here. There are a couple of break/recess areas outside the museum (once you've entered) that have mini pools as displays with the most magnificent city view of Doha over the shoreline. There are some rooms in the museum where photography is not permitted, so please be respectful. Visiting a futuristic city like Doha, you wonder where it all started. This museum gives you an idea of it's humble beginnings. Once you're done visiting the museum, you can walk along the water and visit shops, ice cream trucks, boat rides etc.
Mexx Thom | Jul 20, 2018
It was cool to see the historic artwork and craft and it was free! How awesome? The problem was half the artwork was plates and bowls over and over again. Still would recommend because they have other cool artwork other than pottery which was very cool. Also if you don't know much of the Islamic faith it is cool to see all the ancient quarans and religious artwork.
Nandkumar Supekar | Jul 16, 2018
Best place to visit one time solo or in group. It will take 3 hours to visit all. Week end is good time to visit. Near to MIA park.
Cheryl Fankhauser | Jul 17, 2018
My visit to the Museum of Islamic Arts was a lovely experience . Amazingly there was no crowd and it was so easy to view the exhibits. The exhibits are arranged over two floors and fairly well explained in English. It was easy to spend 3 hours there as I also had lunch in the cafeteria.
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