Museum of Islamic Art
Museum of Islamic Art
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
1:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Set in the MIA Park on the Doha waterfront, the museum building stands out as an architectural gem. Once inside, you will see masterpieces of Islamic art, including metalwork, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, textiles and glass, collected from three continents and dating from the 7th to the 19th century. Entry to the museum is FREE.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • AHZambia
    London, United Kingdom1,039 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    Excellent museum. I paid QR 99 for 5 museum ticket (also included National Museum). 2 full floors of amazing treasures and helpful descriptions in English against each. Small cafe on entrance level.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 29, 2023
  • Zain M
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unexpected find!
    A wonderful and unexpected find! Tourist friendly layout with adequate descriptions of artifacts going back 1300 years. Plenty to keep kids 6 and above interested. Highly recommended for a layover trip in Doha. The entire tour of 3 floors took about 3 hours. There is also a cafe on first floor with awesome views of downtown Doha.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 14, 2023
  • RosT00
    Larne, United Kingdom13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see for visitors to Doha.
    Fantastic exhibition on the styles of mosques over the centuries. A must-see for any visitor to Doha. My teenage daughter got in free which was great. She really enjoyed the exhibitions which fed into her love of history and art. We spent about 3 hours here including lunch in the cafe. There is a lovely shop selling expensive, quality mementos of your visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Andrew
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia656 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning.
    This is one of the finest museums I have ever had the pleasure of being in. Its stunning architecture and beautiful layout provide a perfect backdrop for the treasures on display. Set across five floors, there’s plenty to see - all well lit and with accompanying details. It’s a feast for the eyes. We were here on a very quiet Wednesday in late July and had the place almost to ourselves. Exiting through the gift shop was an equally pleasant surprise, with some beautiful items for sale and at equally surprising prices. Could have spent a king’s ransom in there :) Highly recommended if you’ve got a day or two to spare in Doha.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Louise H
    Sydney, Australia70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Understanding Islam
    Architecturally amazing - inside and outside. As you approach you wonder where the windows are, then upon entering you are in a 50 m high atrium that is awesome! A large window on the ground floor provides a great view of Doha city centre. Designed by a Chinese architect (IM Pei) its a lovely space to just sit a sip tea/coffee. The exhibits include artefacts from antiquity that document the global spread of Islam. You can purchase a 5 day ticket for ~AUD 45 that will give you entrance to multiple museums, rather than purchasing individual tickets.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Moally D
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My museum experience
    What a spectacular museum with art coming from all of the world! They did such a great job displaying ancient and modern art all in one museum. I have been to several museums in my life and this is one that made the top of my list.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 27, 2023
  • NoosaKings
    Noosa, Australia373 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Every traveler to Doha should visit this museum.
    Every traveler to Doha should visit this museum. We spent an entire morning here. Just walking into the building is a breathtaking moment in itself with a vast central foyer and stairs leading to the other levels. Past the stairway there are floor to ceiling windows showing a spectacular view of Doha and a cafe serving hot/cold drinks and snacks. One level is dedicated to the history of Islam which was informative and fascinating. Between exhibits we stopped for coffee and cake with views, then back to the next level for more. The exhibits are creative and modern and there is something for everyone, from jewelery to artifacts. Allow 2 hours but could spend more time.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • longrowe
    Al Janabiyah, Bahrain35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Morning visit to the Islamic Art Museum
    We were lucky enough to arrive moments before a free guided tour was starting. This made a huge difference in our experience! We had a wonderful guide (I’m sorry I don’t know her name). She took us through a few of the galleries highlighting several items and giving us lots of information. The building itself is beautiful and the exhibits are fascinating. A must-see in Doha!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Azalee99
    Vienna, Austria147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you visit only one thing in Doha, this is it.
    Marvellous architecture and marvellous collection, well presented. An absolute must- see. The gift shop is full of ice souvenirs, but a bit weak on books. I am sure they are working on that, though.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Leahthetourist
    London, United Kingdom112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a must visit while in Doha
    Really interesting museum with enough pieces to keep you interested but not overwhelming. Good information provided in English and Arabic, lots of artefacts from around 1st-2nd century until 18th-19th century. The children also found it interesting and lots of items of jewellery, clothing and weapons to look at. We bought the silver pass which gives you 5 museums in 5 days for 99QR each the kids we’re free otherwise it’s 50QR per adult. Took us about 2 hours to walk round. The building itself is also beautiful
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 23, 2023
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Joyce T
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Beautiful modern building which also captures the traditional Islamic architecture. The collection has beautiful pieces spanning over three continents in a series of themes. It was easy to maneuver our way around the exhibits.
There was also the exhibition: Fashioning an Empire:Textiles from Safavid Iran showcasing breathtaking textiles, especially silks.
Written April 14, 2024
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Marshal S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar is an architectural gem housing a stunning collection of Islamic art spanning over 1,400 years. Its captivating exhibits, ranging from intricate ceramics to majestic calligraphy, offer a profound insight into the rich cultural heritage of the Islamic world. With its breathtaking views of the Doha skyline and meticulous curation, it's a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts and cultural explorers alike.
Written April 1, 2024
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scotdoc2015
Birmingham, UK219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Located in the buzzing touristic centre. Very strict opening hours. Few lockers. Entrance fee. Neck bending height of building. Go in order otherwise gets confusing. Admire the art even if you don't understand arabic letters.
Written March 20, 2024
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Ashley D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar is an architectural marvel showcasing exquisite Islamic artifacts. With its stunning design and impressive collection, it offers a captivating journey through Islamic art and culture. A must-visit destination for art enthusiasts and history lovers alike.
Written March 19, 2024
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Marge M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
As you step into its elegant embrace, you're immediately enveloped by an atmosphere of tranquility and historical grandeur, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey through the rich tapestry of Islamic heritage. The museum's architecture itself is a marvel to behold, with its sleek lines and timeless design seamlessly blending modernity with traditional Islamic motifs. As you wander through its halls, each adorned with intricate arabesques and geometric patterns, you're transported back in time to an era of unparalleled craftsmanship and aesthetic mastery. Interactive displays and multimedia installations invite visitors to engage with the art in new and meaningful ways, deepening their understanding of Islamic culture and history.
Written March 14, 2024
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sparker_leavy
London, UK97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Wonderful museum with the best objects of the Islamic world. A place for both experts and those with little knowledge of Islamic Art. The museum was designed by Chinese American architect IMPei and is so beautiful. While visiting be sure to also visit the library, gift shop and cafe for light lunch or IDAM restaurant on the 5th floor. Plan to spend 2-3 hours at the museum. In winter you can also enjoy the park.
Written March 14, 2024
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RunningGiant67
College Station, TX10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
First one has to start with the architecture, if you are a lover of architecture then this is a must-see. Truly one of I.M. Pei's best.

The museum's collection is also wonderful and the layout of the galleries really gives you an immersive experience into the beauty of Middle Eastern and Islamic art and architecture. If able to get one of the guided tours as it helps to enrich your experience especially if traveling with a group.
Written March 13, 2024
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Zehra
London, UK9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Really interesting and historically rich exhibitions.

Great for history buffs like me who really enjoy seeing how things were like in the early centuries before the British colonised & stole everything.

Could get a little boring for very young families with kids as you understandably have to be quiet in the exhibition rooms. They may enjoy seeing things but will want to see and move on quickly. Better for slightly older families.
Written March 11, 2024
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Sophia B
Paris, France40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This museum is so nice, we are immersed a few centuries ago in the Muslim world, from Iran, Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan, Central Europe, south east Asia… a lot of fascinating art and objects.
Written March 6, 2024
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GreyNomad2014
Jannali, Australia892 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
A very comprehensive collection from around the Islamic world and lots of English signage to explain. However, I didn't like the somber lighting and the slightly confusing layout and to be quite honest, it doesn't compare with the excellent Islamic Art Museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Written March 6, 2024
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