View of the Museum of Islamic Art from the quayside with water and an avenue of palm trees

Museum of Islamic Art (MIA)

The Museum of Islamic Art is currently closed for the relaunch.

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) houses one of the most comprehensive collections of Islamic art in the world, with masterpieces from every corner of the globe representing the diversity found in Islamic heritage.

Although our galleries are currently closed for renovation, our learning and outreach team continues to offer a wide variety of engaging events and programmes for audiences of all ages. The MIA Library is currently closed.

Our online collection features more than 400 museum highlights, including metalwork, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, textiles, coins and glass.

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MIA’s collection celebrates the great legacy of the Islamic world and its contribution to global heritage.

Dr Julia Gonnella, Director, Museum of Islamic Art

Modern architecture, inspired by the past

Designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei, the MIA building has become an icon of the Doha skyline.

Sitting across the water from the spectacular skyline of West Bay, it draws influence from traditional Islamic architecture. The building is made from limestone, which captures hourly changes in light and shade.

The geometric patterns of the Islamic world adorn the inside space, making for a grand interior. A variety of textures and materials, including wood and stone, have created a unique environment for the museum’s stunning collections. With incredible views across the bay, it’s a central part of Doha’s burgeoning cultural scene.

Atrium space with curved staircases at the Museum of Islamic Art, busy with museum visitors

The magnificent foyer of the Museum of Islamic Art incorporates Islamic geometric patterns in its design

Detail view of the Museum of Islamic Art showing its angular architecture against a bright blue sky

MIA by day, on a typically sunny day in Doha, which brings to life its shadows and shades of colour

View showing interior of the Museum of Islamic Art with angular marble walls and decorative ceiling dome

MIA was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei and demonstrates his deep understanding and appreciation of Islamic architecture.

Education Progammes

At the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), we place learning at the forefront of all that we do. Our activities for children, families and adults spark curiosity and inspire learning about the range and diversity of Islamic art.

School programmes are directly linked to the Ministry of Education curriculum, and teachers can choose from tours, art workshops and competitions, gallery explorations, literacy workshops and storytelling.

Learning at MIA
View of the Museum of Islamic Art illuminated at nighttime with its reflection in the surrounding water

The building at night, from across the water in MIA Park

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