How to visit the National Museum of Qatar in Doha

National Museum of Qatar

Beneath the sands of the desert of Qatar, there is a natural phenomenon known as “Desert Rose”. When thousands of grains of crystallized sand come together creating a mineral formation that resembles a rose. This formation so typical of Qatar served as inspiration for the design of the brand new National Museum of Qatar.

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Museum of Islamic Art
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I have always been impressed by the way that Qatar preserves its history while looking to the future. And we see this combination all the time in Doha, as in the Museum of Islamic Art and the National Museum of Qatar is another beautiful example of this mixture.

National Museum of Qatar
National Museum of Qatar
National Museum of Qatar
The National Museum of Qatar integrated into the former royal palace

The museum opened in 2019, the project is by the French architect Jean Nouvel who was inspired by the desert rose to design the structure with circles of different sizes and angles, which come together to host 11 galleries.

National Museum of Qatar
National Flag of Qatar

The futuristic aesthetic created from something organic and so old is sand colored and blends perfectly with the mirrored skyscrapers of the Doha skyline. The museum was built on the edge of the sea and was home to the former royal palace of Qatar, by monarch Sheikh Abdulla Bin Jassim Al Thani. However, the old palace was not demolished, but integrated into the brand new museum. Once again, the perfect combination of the past with the future.


A museum that explains the creation of Qatar


Inside the museum we have a totally sensorial experience, with multimedia installations that transport us to the bottom of the Gulf Sea, emerging in the desert sands to understand the natural formation of Qatar. It is the beginning of everything, how the country was born and its fauna developed.

National Museum of Qatar
The Oryx, animal symbol of Qatar
National Museum of Qatar
Formation of the fauna of Qatar

Following the occupation of the first peoples, the development of the Qatari society. The desert lifestyle, migratory movements, the exploration of the coast and the pearl harvest that was so important for the country before the discovery of oil. And everything that came with oil and all the economic acceleration that promoted the country’s prosperity. Today making Qatar the richest country in the world.

National Museum of Qatar
National Museum of Qatar
National Museum of Qatar
National Museum of Qatar

And this trip happens in an organic way, like the curves of the museum’s petals, we walk from stage to stage. At each gallery a new surprise, a new discovery. The National Museum of Qatar is among the most incredible modern museums I have ever visited.

National Museum of Qatar
The desert rose: the inspiration for the National Museum of Qatar

A real journey in the country of the 2022 World Cup, from its prehistoric origins to the present.


How to visit the National Museum of Qatar


The National Museum of Qatar is a few steps to the Museum of Islamic Art and MIA Park. A great option is to combine the two museums in one day. Take at least an entire afternoon to see the National Museum of Qatar. The access can be via the Gold Line of Doha’s metro (National Museum Station).

National Museum of Qatar

The entrance to the museum costs 50 Rials, but you can buy the Museum Pass for 100 Rials which also gives access to the Museum of Islamic Art, in addition to other museums for 3 days. And that is exactly what I did.

My tour tip here is to start the day at the Museum of Islamic Art, spend the afternoon at the National Museum and close the day at Souq Waqif. And you can do all this on foot, of course, as long as the temperature is not hitting 42 degrees.


Where to Stay in Doha


Park Hyatt
I had a great experience in my second time in Qatar at the Park Hyatt Doha. The hotel is all new and really well designed, perfectly located right by the Souq Waqif, with easy access to all the museums and the subway station. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. I think which made a real difference.
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Four Points by Sheraton
Four Points by Sheraton is located 2 km from the Corniche Road and Souq Waqif. Four Points by Sheraton have a wellness centre and an incredible outdoor pool. It has elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi and all kind of facilities decorated in modern style. They all come with a huge TV, iPod docking station, and minibar. 
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DoubleTree by Hilton Doha Old Town
DoubleTree by Hilton Doha Old Town is located right in the center of the old town and nearby Souq Waqif. The hotel have  a covered swimming pool, a sauna and a fitness centre. The brand new accommodations have a flat-screen TV, a seating area and plenty of amenities and facilities. 
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Inside Souq Waqif
Inside the Souq there are some excellent hotels, such as Tivoli’s Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, which has an excellent location. Or the Al Najada Hotel, which is also from Tivoli and is opposite the Souq, as well as the Al Najada Doha Hotel Apartments by Oaks which is an aparthotel.

Another option is the Alwadi Hotel MGallery, which is on one of the other sides of the Souq and with an excellent location. The Kingsgate Hotel, which was where I stayed once and I really liked it.

Other options in the same area: Horizon Manor Hotel, next to the Museum of Islamic Art, as well as the Saraya Corniche Hotel and the Best Western Plus Doha.

JW Marriott Marquis City Center
JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha is another great option. A beautiful hotel with everything you could need. Such kind and helpful staff. I would definitely recommend this hotel for everyone.
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Dusit Doha Hotel
Dusit Doha Hotel is one of the most popular hotels in Westbay. The hotel is just 5-mins walk from City Centre and nearby Westbay subway station. The hotel have an amazing swimming pool at the top, comfy rooms, suites and apartments.
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Wyndham Doha West Bay 
Wyndham Doha West Bay is located in the heart of business district in Westbay. Right on the corner of Doha Exhibition & Convention Center, Diplomatic area, a short walk from the incredible Katara Cultural Village, 10 minutes from the Museum of Islamic Art, Souq Waqif, The Pearl Qatar and Corniche.
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