Museums, Qatar

Museum of Islamic Art

August 21, 2013

Museum of Islamic ArtI 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.

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Museum of Islamic Art

Museum of Islamic ArtIlluminated Shamsa from India, 17th Century

Museum of Islamic ArtGlass Document Holder, Iran, circa 6th-8th Century

Museum of Islamic ArtIlluminated manuscript

Museum of Islamic ArtQur’an from India

Museum of Islamic ArtMiniature manuscript

Museum of Islamic ArtTile

Museum of Islamic ArtQur’an from either Iran or Iraq, 13th century

Museum of Islamic Art

Miniature Qur’an

Museum of Islamic Art

Armoured horse and rider

Museum of Islamic ArtGold, diamond, emerald, pearls, and enamel India necklace, 19th century

Here a few pictures of the building

Museum of Islamic Art

Museum of Islamic Art

Museum of Islamic Art

Museum of Islamic Art

Museum of Islamic Art

Museum of Islamic Art

Museum of Islamic Art

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  • Reply Ezzat Abouleish, M.D. September 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    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. 🙂

  • Reply Vinod Varma March 7, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    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.

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