The Qatar National Museum is the biggest and most significant museum in the city of Doha. It is well known for its extensive collection of artefacts and relics on the religion of Islam. Due to the museum’s undying efforts in preserving and presenting these important artefacts, it was awarded the Aga Khan award for restoration of Islamic architecture in Qatar. The museum is housed in a building that once used to be a palace.
The Qatar National Museum is also a one stop shop for those who wish to explore the country’s geological history. Following the major renovation project that took place recently, the museum is equipped to offer all its visitors both local and foreign with some valuable and in depth information on each of its artefacts.
Positioned towards the eastern part of the Doha Corniche, this exceptional museum also houses a maritime museum and a small lagoon.
The museum houses some interesting displays on the architecture styles of Qatar, medals and awards given to the nation by foreign leaders, descriptions on flora and fauna, a special section on oil and gas, a section on Bedouin tribesmen and much more.
The unique section on Bedouin tribesmen features their social behaviour, lifestyle and customs while the marine section reveals some important facts on the region’s fishing wealth. The model lagoon is the ideal place to delve in to the country’s age old profession which is the Pearling Industry.
The museum is open for public viewing throughout the week and is open daily from 8 am to 12 noon and 4pm to 7pm. To understand and explore the historical background of Qatar and the entire region, travellers should head to the Qatar National Museum. This expedition would be made much easier by staying at a nearby well appointed Doha Hotel such as Millennium Hotel Doha.