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The National Museum of Qatar

Situated in Doha, the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) is housed inside Desert Rose, one of the modern times’ most architecturally acclaimed buildings. The museum not only narrates the story of Qatar’s unique past but also provides insight into its sparkling present and promising future.

Inaugurated in late March of last year, the institute aims to provide an immersive experience for all its visitors. The 1.5-kilometres long NMoQ is divided into three distinct ‘chapters’ – ‘Beginning’, ‘Life in Qatar’, and ‘The Modern History of Qatar’. Eleven independent galleries have been dedicated to each theme. 

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  • The museum is designed by Jean Nouvel. The French architect is Pritzker prize-, Gold Medal for the French Academy of Architecture-, Praemium Imperiale-, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture winner. 
  • The NMoQ has approximately 86,000 squared-feet of permanent gallery space, and 22,000 square-feet of temporary gallery space. 
  • The museum has numerous cinematic displays.
  • The place also boasts a TV studio, 220-seat auditorium, a museum shop, a restaurant, and a 70-seat food symposium.

The Architecture. The museum’s structure has been based on the desert rose, which is a flower-like structure formed naturally by the arid winds that blow across the region. The curve-shaped building counter’s Qatar’s intense summer temperatures, which can often go as high as 40-degrees Celsius (104-degrees Fahrenheit). The overhanging discs form shadows that let the visitors roam outside and simultaneously preventing heat and light from penetrating the interior. The not-so-straight walls also allow the exhibits to be displayed innovatively. 

The Exhibits. Even though the country gained independence less than half a century ago, Qatar’s rich history is full of fascinating events. By dividing the museum into three separate segments, it has been able to capture a substantial portion of the nation’s legacy. From Qatar’s prehistoric origins and fishing villages to its emergence as one of the world’s wealthiest countries, the exhibits unfold a vivid and engaging story.

The most noteworthy items in the museum’s collection include the Baroda Pearl Carpet (believed to have been used in shrouding Prophet Mohammad’s tomb) – a hand-embroidered masterpiece made up of over 1.5 million diamonds, pearls, and sapphires. Other notable articles comprise the meteorite which made its way into Qatar’s desert, and a breathtaking sculpture portraying the downfall of Qatar’s pearl-diving industry.

The Film. In order to make the exhibits even more engrossing and experiential, the museum employed some of the best global directors. Every one of the museum’s mounting walls displays a separate film, giving its visitors the ultimate viewing experience. Every film is complemented by oral narrations of the Qatari people’s past, with particular emphasis on family culture and traditions. 

The NMoQ, owing to its incredible architecture, its remarkable collection of exhibits, and recreational arrangements, has become an irresistible attraction for tourists around the world. With Tripety’s travel planner app, start planning your trip to the breathtaking nucleus of Islamic history, art, architecture, and culture.

 
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