Decorated stone arches with a doorway in shade and a view of the National Museum of Qatar in the background

National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ)

Experience the unique story of Qatar’s past, present and future.

The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) is dedicated to bringing to life the story of Qatar and its people. It actively gives voice to the nation’s rich heritage and culture and demonstrates Qatar's extensive network of ties with other nations and people around the world. Designed to be vibrant and immersive, the museum is a space where diverse communities can come together and experience Qatar’s past, present and future.

NMoQ is open to visitors 9am – 7pm Saturday to Thursday, 1.30 – 7pm on Fridays with precautionary measures in place.

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A close view of NMoQ's disks with the sculpted arches of the Old Palace visible in the background

The exterior of the National Museum of Qatar is inspired by the shape of a desert rose and designed by Jean Nouvel

Aerial view showing the National Museum of Qatar with the sea in front and tall buildings behind it

An aerial shot of NMoQ, situated in the heart of Doha

The People’s Museum

NMoQ’s iconic building, which was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, made a dramatic addition to the Doha landscape when it opened in 2019. It embraces Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani’s original palace – his family home and seat of the government for 25 years. This nationally significant building has been carefully restored and conserved, so that it can be enjoyed by visitors and future generations to come.

In addition to the unique architecture and stunning gallery spaces, the museum features a 220-seat auditorium, two restaurants, a café, and a traditional food forum.

For scholars and students, the museum offers a new research centre and laboratories along with access to digital archives. The Park at NMoQ also provides visitors with a chance to explore and learn about Qatar’s indigenous plants and their role in Qatari culture.

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Restored historic palace with arches and sand coloured buildings in the background

The courtyard at NMoQ, which forms part of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani's Old Palace

We wanted to create a museum of the past, the present and the future. This is the essence of the narrative and the experience of the museum.

Sheikha Amna bint Abdulaziz bin Jassim Al Thani, Director of the National Museum of Qatar

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