The destination’s fascinating rich culture and heritage can be explored through its array of world class museums and historical buildings.
Built under the instruction of His Highness the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Katara Cultural Village and The Museum of Islamic Art are two of Doha’s leading must-see cultural attractions.
Katara Cultural Village is home to an assortment of attractions including an opera house, numerous art galleries and world-class restaurants. The village regularly showcases theatre, literature, art, music and exhibitions. The Museum of Islamic Art designed by I.M. Pei is a flagship project of His Highness and has the largest and finest collections of pieces representing more than 1,400 years of civilisation. The Museum of Islamic Art is the world’s leading Islamic art museum and the building has become an architectural icon as well as being a beautiful addition to Doha’s skyline.
Other highlights include The Museum of Orientalists, home to over 700 paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints dating back to the 18th Century. The Weaponry Museum, showcasing Arabic weaponry dating back to the 16th Century, including a khaqnjar carried by Lawrence of Arabia himself. MATHAF, Arab Museum of Modern Art houses a unique world-class collection of modern and contemporary art from the Arab world and its cultural and historical connections.
Public art is also very prevalent in Doha, and Qatar Museums works to create numerous exhibits, from striking sculptures to specially commissioned photography. The pieces are immersive, informal and often outdoors. These can be found in public spaces, such as the Qatar National Convention Centre, Salwa Road tunnels and Aspire Park. Pieces include; the breathtaking East-West / West-East by Richard sculpture in the desert and Lamp Bear, at Hamad International Airport.
The highly anticipated National Museum of Qatar is set to in 2017. The museum will showcase the country’s heritage but also celebrate its future using innovative presentation techniques to excite and inspire its audiences. Beyond the galleries, the museum will be home to a 220 seat auditorium, two retail outlets, and two restaurants as well as a research centre and laboratory.