I jumped straight into exploring Doha and went to the Museum of Islamic Art over the weekend. I. M. Pei came out of retirement to design the building. The building is stunning. Admission is free! Check the website for opening times as these change during holidays and weekends. On the first floor are the temporary exhibitions gallery, gift shop and the café. The next floor is based on themes found in the artifacts such as science and pattern. The third floor contains artifacts from the different countries in the region. Steel and Gold, a traveling exhibit, was on the fourth floor. While I could describe the galleries, I think it is best to let the pictures speak for me.
Illuminated Shamsa from India, 17th Century
Glass Document Holder, Iran, circa 6th-8th Century
Qur’an from India
Qur’an from either Iran or Iraq, 13th century
Armoured horse and rider
Gold, diamond, emerald, pearls, and enamel India necklace, 19th century
Here a few pictures of the building
There is nothing else like Islamic art and architecture. The lines, forms and shapes stir up emotions and thoughts that other works of art do not conjure.
Thank you for posting these pics! I hope to visit this museum one day…and that many other Islamic Museums begin to be developed throughout the world. 🙂
You have captured the museum really well. Islamic art has a very rich heritage, thank you for sharing your personal experience of the visit. I would definitely visit this museum on my next trip to Doha. Thank you for the inspiration.