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The Museum of Islamic Art: Bridging Cultures and Celebrating Heritage

In a time of increasing division and conflict, the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) stands out as a beacon of cultural exchange, and serves as a tribute to the lasting impact of Islamic art and civilisation.

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Since its opening in 2008, the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) has been attracting visitors from around the world who are drawn to the iconic waterfront structure designed by internationally renowned architect I.M. Pei.

However, MIA’s significance extends beyond its physical grandeur. It is actively involved in fostering cultural understanding and global dialogue through its permanent collection displays and wide-ranging temporary exhibitions.

Waterside pathway to the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) with Doha in the background

The iconic Museum of Islamic Art attracts visitors from around the world, offering them a chance to explore and appreciate the rich tapestry of Islamic culture and heritage.

Showcasing and Preserving Islamic Art

MIA’s permanent galleries house an extensive and diverse collection of Islamic art, featuring ceramics, textiles, glass, jewellery, manuscripts and metalwork. This treasure trove of artefacts showcases the rich legacy of Islamic culture and heritage, offering visitors a unique opportunity to witness masterworks spanning from over 1,400 years, from the 7th to the 20th century. Encompassing a huge geographic scope, the collection represents regions from all over the Middle East, North Africa and Central and South Asia and even Southeast Asia and China.

By presenting and preserving this art, the museum is not only protecting important heritage of the Islamic world but is also making it accessible to a wider audience. MIA’s extensive conservation efforts ensure that this heritage will remain available to future generations for years to come.

Serving the Public

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Our educational programmes inspire learning and cultural exploration.


Our carefully crafted art and calligraphy workshops are designed to nurture creativity in students.

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We offer tours of our permanent collection, special exhibitions and the library for school groups of all ages.


Our engaging programmes and activities make a library visit an exciting experience for members of the whole family.

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Our library houses an extensive collection of resources for children, including stories, art history, art activities, culture, history, science and general reference books.

MIA is deeply committed to sharing the beauty and diversity of Islamic art with the public through a range of exhibitions and educational programmes, including guided tours, workshops and lectures. A dedicated Education Centre organises public-facing activities and workshops designed to engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds, catering to schoolchildren and art enthusiasts alike. The museum's educational programmes provide manifold opportunities for school groups, fostering dialogue and cultural exchange.

The MIA Library features over 27,000 books in Arabic, English and other regional languages, a resource unique to the Gulf region. In addition, it is home to a Children’s Library and a wonderful Rare Book Collection with more than 7,000 holdings in English and Arabic. MIA also houses an auditorium that hosts film screenings, debates and panel discussions.

Fostering Cultural Exchange

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Gallery view of the special exhibition Fashioning an Empire: Textiles from Safavid Iran, on view at the Museum of Islamic Art until 20 April 2024.

A brightly painted carousel with colourful animals for children to ride, in parkland with MIA in the background

MIA Park offers year-round attractions, including film screenings, sporting events, outdoor cafés, art workshops, pop-up markets and more.

MIA is part of an important global network and collaborates with numerous international partners on exhibitions, research and conservation projects. These partnerships enable the museum to share its expertise in Islamic art and culture with the wider world and to learn from colleagues at other institutions.

MIA Park brings people together for cultural and educational events and showcases engaging public artworks. In the spirit of the Old Souq tradition, the bazaars held in MIA Park present an array of stalls featuring bakeries, a diverse selection of gifts, clothing and much more. The bazaar commences on weekends throughout the winter, picking up again after the summer.

Through its comprehensive preservation efforts, education programmes and activities, coupled with globally significant special exhibitions and its unique permanent collection displays, the Museum of Islamic Art stands as a testament to the power of art and culture in nurturing mutual understanding and appreciation across the world.

Loubna Zeidan is a Senior Editorial Specialist at Qatar Museums.