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National Museum of Qatar, Doha, Qatar

A desert rose with the story of Qatar

Opened in March 2019, the new National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) brings the unique story of Qatar and its people to life. It not only demonstrates Qatar’s rich heritage and culture, but also Qatar’s ties to nations and people around the world. The National Museum of Qatar has a striking design that represents a desert rose and was conceived by the renowned architect Jean Nouvel. What is more, the building embraces a nationally significant building, Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani’s original palace, which has been carefully restored and conserved. As well, the New National Museum of Qatar includes a 220-auditorium, a new research centre and laboratories for scholars and students, a new landscape park as well as dining amenities with traditional food. Overall, the Museum’s variety of educational resources and learning spaces acts as an intergenerational learning tool; offering an immersive experience for people - no matter their age or knowledge about Qatar’s history and people.

Building owner: Qatar Museums Authority

Architecture: Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Completed: 2019