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Museums & Galleries in Qatar


Al Markhiya Gallery
Tel: 4442-8007

This small but esteemed gallery is located in the middle of the Souk Waqif. Al Markhiya’s mission is to promote regional art, whether that be painting, sculpture or photography, by networking with international galleries. Paintings by new and established artist are featured here.

Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art
Tel: 4402-8855

Located in a converted school building in Education City (Old Al Rayyan), the artworks span from 1840 to the present and every Arab country is represented. Mathaf aims to foster communication within the art community and the community at large. Hands-on workshops, curatorial tours, poetry readings, film screenings, and night tours aid this end. The popular artist encounter series creates a platform for artists in Doha to share their knowledge with children and adults. The library, Maktaba, is stocked for both academic and casual users. A small gift shop and café are located near the exit. Further exhibition space is temporarily located in the grounds of the Museum of Islamic Arts at Al-Riwaq Exhibition Hall, a building which resembles a shipping container. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Museum of Islamic Art
Tel: 4422-4444

Located just off the Corniche, this museum is dedicated to being the foremost museum of Islamic art in the world, and as well a centre of education and information in the field of the arts of the Islamic world. Shaped like a post-modern fortress, with minimal windows, a 'virtual' moat, and an avenue of palm trees extending along the approach road from the Corniche, it makes a bold statement about a capital that has matured into one of the most culturally engaged cities in the region. The museum also includes exhibition halls, a gallery, library and restaurant.

National Heritage Library
Tel: 4438-9833

Located at the corner of Ras Abu Aboud and Jabir Bin Mohd, it has a collection of 100,000 books, manuscripts, maps and scientific instruments all relate to the Arab world. Some date back to the early 15th century, when the first printing began in Europe. There are some very valuable items, including one of only four sets of volumes detailing Napoleon’s expedition to Egypt in 1798. The foreign language section has books in Latin as well as modern European languages, with many volumes given over to explorers Sir Richard Burton and T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). Among the works in Arabic are some beautiful hand-drawn copies of the Quran. This museum is really intended for historians and researchers, but enthusiastic amateurs may visit and they are happy to give tours to small groups.

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