Visitor Guidelines

These guidelines include essential information about dress code, photography policies, and other useful tips to help you make the most of your visit.

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Museums and Galleries

  • Please purchase tickets in advance in order to select your preferred time slot.
  • Tickets are offered in one-hour time slots. Please arrive on time to ensure entry. Keep in mind that there may be queues to enter our museums and galleries.
  • Out of respect for local culture, please dress modestly. Shoulders and knees should be covered when visiting public places like museums and other government buildings. Entrance may be refused if your clothing is deemed unsuitable.
  • Large bags must be checked.
  • No food or drink in the galleries.
  • No tripods, selfie sticks, or flash photography in the galleries.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Museum staff will regulate the number of visitors in the museum and gallery spaces.

Restricted and Prohibited Items

If you attempt to bring a restricted or prohibited item into a QM building or premises, the safety and security staff will direct you accordingly.

If the item is RESTRICTED, it will be temporarily held by QM until you depart the site.

If the item is PROHIBITED (unlawful in Qatar), it will be confiscated, and the appropriate authorities informed.

Restricted & Prohibited Items (PDF)


  • Bottles and glasses
  • Cans
  • Glass Jars
  • Musical Instruments
  • Whistles
  • Radio or Speakers
  • Loudspeakers
  • Scissors
  • Knives
  • Sharps
  • Tools
  • Flags
  • Food and Drink


  • Alcohol
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Firearms
  • Fireworks

Heritage Sites

For Mosques

Qatar Museums has completed the conservation and restoration of several mosques in Qatar. These religious buildings are still in use, and visitors should respect the following guidelines.

  • Please ensure shoulders and knees are covered; head covering is also mandatory for women.
  • Remove shoes before entering.
  • Do not eat inside a mosque.
  • Avoid disturbing worshippers who may be praying.
  • Switch off any electrical devices

For Site Visits

  • Keep to the marked tracks
  • Do not climb on the archaeological structures
  • Do not pick up any objects
  • Put litter in bins or take it with you
  • Respect animals and plants
  • No hunting, fishing or swimming
  • No fires or barbecues
  • No graffiti
  • No drones
  • No digging or metal detectors

Public Art

Please exercise caution when visiting our public artworks. Neither the owner/operator of the premises nor the owner of the artworks shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury caused to your person or property.

Site Rules and Etiquette
  • No littering, vandalism, bonfires, scribbling and spraying on public artworks or sites.
  • Please use designated routes, entrances and car parks.
  • No motor vehicles allowed past designated car park points.
  • Our public artworks are under surveillance. Offenders will be prosecuted and fined.