Qatar National Museum “Desert Rose”… The history of the place and the essence of man
Qatar National Museum
Doha – Qena
At first glance, as you wander around to explore the landmarks of this safe country, on your way from Hamad International Airport to the heart of Doha via the Corniche road, a giant “desert rose” will appear to you.
Inspired by the country’s history and geological nature, this stunning architectural masterpiece, with its interlocking curved discs, is the Qatar National Museum, and one of the current evidences of the ancient past of the State of Qatar and the Gulf region. of the ancestors and fathers and the secrets of an authentic civilization rooted in history.
With the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the most prominent sporting event in the world, the Qatar National Museum is one of the most important destinations and attractions that visitors to Qatar and football fans from all over the world can visit, enjoy the beauty of its historical treasures and thereby explore Qatar’s heritage and past.
The Qatar National Museum, which was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, on 27 March 2019 after eight years of effort and creativity, offers a unique interactive experience that monitors the development of life . in the state of Qatar, through an architectural masterpiece. It was designed by the international architect “Jean Nouvel” to be the jewel in the crown of Qatari culture.
The museum was built around the old palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani (1880 – 1957), the son of the founder of the modern state of Qatar. It is an old palace that has been restored, and was previously used as a residence. for the ruling family and the seat of government, and later turned into the old Qatar National Museum.
Architect Nouvel, winner of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, was inspired by the design of the museum building from the region’s distinctive natural crystal formations known as the “desert rose”, which are found in arid coastal regions and are created by the interaction of wind, sea spray and sand over thousands of years.
The paint of the concrete surface of the museum harmonizes with the Qatari desert environment, because it takes a color similar to sand, so that the building seems to have grown out of the ground and merged with it, just like the desert rose.
Curved, interlocking discs that provide natural shading are among the design elements for which the museum was awarded the LEED Gold Class Gold and 4-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certification, making it the first national museum in the world. The world level achieves these advanced classifications.
In March 2020, the National Museum of Qatar won two prestigious awards in the sixth edition of the “Leading Cultural Destinations Network” awards known as the “Oscar of Museums” at a ceremony held in the German capital of Berlin, and is thus the only entity to win two awards among all international cultural entities participating in the exhibition.The Oscars.
The interactive museum, with an amazing design, and built on an area of 40,000 square meters, narrates the geological formation of the Qatar Peninsula through natural history and prehistory to our modern era, and gives its visitors from different cultures a rich experience to explore its immersive environment and learn about Qatar’s past, present and future.
Once through the main gate of the museum, the visitor feels that he is on an astonishing journey through time summarizing millions of years of intertwined heritage and cultures through 11 galleries spanning 1.5 kilometers in a winding path ending in the ancient historic palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani.
Each hall is characterized by its independent personality and integrated environment, as each one tells a chapter of the story of Qatar through a distinctive mix of different mediums ranging from music, poetry, historical narratives, evocative aromas and artworks specifically designed for displayed in the museum , In addition to the artistic films displayed on the walls of the halls of all sizes, immense, and other ways.
The galleries also contain an incredible collection of antiques and heritage, including the famous Barouda carpet made of pearls, designed in 1865, embroidered with over 1.5 million high-quality Gulf pearls and adorned with emeralds, diamonds and rubies, along with manuscripts, documents, photographs, jewels and costumes.
The Qatar National Museum gives voice to the State of Qatar to showcase its rich heritage and culture, express the aspirations of its people and promote its cultural vision at the international level, and represents a center for discovery, creativity and community interaction, and a platform rich in diverse educational opportunities.
Similar to the design of the museum inspired by nature, the design of the gift shop, inspired by Japanese designer Koichi Takada, comes from Dahl Al Misfer (Cave of Light) located in the heart of the State of Qatar. The curved honey – colored. The shop’s interior is made up of 40,000 wooden pieces that have been hand-assembled like “puzzles” by Italian joiner Claudio Devoto and his team of craftsmen.
The gift shop at the National Museum of Qatar offers a wide range of carefully designed exclusive gifts, most of which are inspired by the history, heritage and culture of Qatar.
On the other hand, the Qatar National Museum pays great attention to people with disabilities, as it provides advanced sensory, visual and audio technologies, texts written in Braille, and hands-on activities that help them learn about the museum’s content. It also provides its blind visitors with specialized tours, assistive technology technologies and audio guide devices.
The museum offers workshops, tours and programs specifically designed for people with learning disabilities. These tours include visiting family exhibits and learning about a wide variety of sensory and tactile elements in the museum.
The museum is distinguished by its geographical location, within a circle of diverse and close tourist spots, for example, it is a short walking distance from the Museum of Islamic Art and the central waterfront promenade on the Doha Corniche, the large traditional market “Souq”. Waqif”, the Msheireb neighborhood in the heart of Doha, and much more.
It is easy to reach the museum, especially by using the metro and getting off at the National Museum station within the “Golden Line”, or by private transport, or by taxis available through the widely used “Karwa”, ” Uber” and “Careem” applications, while the distance between the museum and Hamad International Airport is about 15 minutes away.
Soccer fans and guests of Qatar during the World Cup can enjoy the experience of visiting the museum before heading to the stadiums to watch their favorite matches. For example, the “Golden Line” of the subway connects two of the World Cup stadiums: Stadium 974 and Khalifa International Stadium.
The National Museum of Qatar offers several options for booking admission tickets through its website. The general admission ticket to the museum includes access to its permanent exhibitions, while access to temporary special exhibitions requires the purchase of separate tickets.
The museum welcomes its visitors to explore the story of Qatar and its people through its diverse and immersive experiences, as it opens its doors to the public from Saturday to Thursday from nine in the morning to seven in the evening, while the timing on Friday is. from one thirty in the afternoon to seven in the evening.
Qatar Museums, the entity responsible for the support and development of museums and the cultural sector in Qatar, also provides, within the “Qatar Creates” initiative, the innovative “One Pass” card to enjoy various benefits and discounts, including free entry to museums during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and to be a direct window and a center. All interested parties could easily follow and attend all cultural shows in Qatar.
The “One Pass” card is valid for use from the first of last October to the 31st of next December, and it is available in four packages, namely the silver at 199 riyals, the gold at 399 riyals, the platinum at 499 riyals , and the diamond at 1999 riyal.
The One Pass can be purchased exclusively online at qacreates.com.
Through its many flagship initiatives, Qatar Museums aims to create a year-round cultural movement and a platform for artistic events and activities in the country, and to transform various groups of residents, tourists, fans and visitors to Qatar into ambassadors who they talk friends and families about their happy times and back again.