The Museum of Islamic Arts is the main kind in the Persian Gulf and devoted to being the essential exhibition hall of Islamic workmanship on the planet.
The sheer size of the Museum, which is more than 484,000 sq. ft, is a demonstration of the dream of its planners.
The Museum is committed to being the essential exhibition hall of Islamic art on the world and through the vision of Sheik Hamad container Khalifa Al Thani, His Highness the Emir of Qatar for project to the State of Qatar into a capital of culture; the Museum of Islamic Art will show this devotion by creating, preserving and certificating a collection that reflects the life, the multifaceted nature and the decent variety of human expressions of the Islamic world.
This was an unimaginably heartless objective, yet the activities are quick when the requests are from Emiral decree and assets are almost indefinite. The cubistic pyramid type of the Museum of Islamic Art which rises from the creamy turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf, is only a hint of something larger of a truly dazz array of designing marvals as of now going in and around Doha which are easily mixing yesterday and tomorrow, guests can respect the strict Islamic supreme government treasuring custom while embracing modernity to turn into a Middle East Goliath.
During the beginning of development of the museum by the Qatari authorities, the veteran Chinese-American engineer IM Pei, a genius recently viewed as the ace of modern architecture, was gathered out of retirement to design the museum.
The Louver’s glass pyramid, Hong Kong’s Bank of China tower, and the JFK Library in Boston are a few of his notable structures.
The result is an architectural gem in a new C-formed peninsula which gives protection from not all that great looking industrial buildings on the east and the Arabian Gulf on the north with vast square blocks to a central tower to inspire an emotional response from the Tunisian posts.
Likewise, desert gardens on the water’s edge and park of dunes behind the Museum offer shelter and a scenic backdoor. Only five years after its opening, this pioneering institution is as of now much-admired as one of the world’s extraordinary museums.
Inside the Museum
The Museum of Islamic Art distinctive structure suggests a scope of customary Islamic architectural forms with two cream colored limestone buildings, a five-story principle building and a two-story Education Wing, associated over a central courtyard.
The incredible circling lighting rigs hanging overhead makes our look is carried up towards the geometric apex, inside there’s a central foyer, set far under a skylight in a designed dome, likewise with two lighting vents at the summit abnormally remind eyes saw over a cover; these upgrade the sentiment of the spot as a sort of common mosque. The greatly tall windows inside give a transparent cover towards the post-modern skyline of modern Doha.
The main building was planned so that the precise volume recedas as they go up around a 5-story high domed atrium and the walls of a central town covers this from outside view. The head of the atrium has an Oculus which holds and reflects designed light within the faceted dome.
The two stories of displays that surround the atrium have treasures from the permanent collection. Each chamber is serene and pleasent cool, comfort from the heart and hustle outside; the show rooms highlight specially planned cases and lighting to ensure the brittle antiquities on display.
The museum collection assortment incorporates original copies, metalwork, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, materials,coins, texture, and glass gathered since the late 1980s. MIA has an excellent assortment of rare gold and the silver coins which gives a spellbinding understanding into the lives of the Muslim people groups from the seventh century.
MIA has probably most excellent glasswork from enameled glass, in its multicolored grandeur, to gleam and significantly more straightforward cut and shaped pieces at any point delivered in the Islamic world. The collection has more than 800 compositions from Qur’ans from the seventh century to Ottoman works of the nineteenth century. Additionally, the metalwork collection in MIA speaks to the best bits of metal work of the Islamic world from the seventh century to present day times.
The Museum of Islamic Art is situated on a man-made island sixty meters from the shore on the south side of Doha’s Corniche. The museum is associated with the coast by a vehicular scaffold and by two people on foot spans. The MIA is just 15 minutes drive from Doha International air terminal and inside a strolling separation of Souq Waqif. The most ideal approach to get to the historical center is via vehicle or private taxi. meanwhile, the highway 76 bus stations are simply outside the gate of the historical center.
Guest Facilities and Information
Free guided tours of MIA
Data work area is at the fundamental entrance. There are free guided guests each Thursday and Saturday at 2 pm. Simply meet at the flight of stairs in the Atrium. Guests take 40 minutes in English and the Arabic. Visually impaired multi-media guides are available on request. Sound guides for adult/family guests available in Arabic or English in the atrium. Free but personal ID required as deposit.
Male prayer room on level 1 to right of museum entrance
Female prayer room on the mezzanine level to the left side of the atrium
The auditorium is on level 1 to the left side of the main atrium. This 200 seat auditorium is completely outfitted with the most recent audiovisual equipment.
ATM center is available in the main Atrium
Museum Gift Shop
The Gift Shop which is settled on the ground floor offers a unique cultural and shopping experience. There is a huge swath of only designed products dependent on the MIA magnificent collection from art books to show catalogues, jewellery to home stylistic themes and different blessings and extras, guests can understand and pick their best museum souvenirs.
Museum of Islamic Art Library
The library is on Level 1 in the Education wing. The library has a tremendous collection of books which include Archeology, Islamic Architecture, Calligraphy, Carpets and Kilims, Carvings, Ceramics, Coins, Engravings, Paintings, Metalwork, Silverwork, History, Gardens, Monuments, Religion, Waterworks, Tools and so forth. Teenagers under 18 are permitted inside just when joined by a responsible adult.
Application to study rare books and manuscripts must be affirmed in 24 hours ahead of time. Ensured materials may not be copied or checked. Photos might be allowed for a limited number of pages. Museum staff might have the option to give photos on request.
- Sunday 10am to 5pm
- Monday 10am to 5pm
- Wednesday 10am to 5pm
- Thursday 12am to 5pm
At other times by appointment only.
Exploration help and private examination rooms are available for visiting researchers inspired by expressions of the human experience of the Islamic world.
The MIA Park is adjacent to the museum where guests restfully stroll in the promenades, take part for no particular reason exercises, eat outside with an awesome display of West Bay or simply gaze at the Doha horizon from the best vantage point in the city. Guests can unwined in the high-sponsored wicker seats while getting a charge out of newly made sandwiches, cakes and servings of mixed greens in the shielded overhangs and harbor breezes of the outdoor cafe.
For teenagers aged 2 to 14, there is a play zone which has a playhouse, sandpit, swings, slides and a bungee trampoline which is safe and all around supervised.
Bungee trampolines Timings:
- Sunday, Monday, Wednesday 10.30am – 8.30pm
- Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12pm – 10pm, Closed Tuesday.
- Cost: 25QR
Bicycles for adults and teenagers can be hired from the little Gift Shop near to the cafe.
- Accessible 10.30am to 5pm.
- Cost: 25QR every hour
Guests can appreciate the paddle boats investigating the calm waters surrounding the museum. Life coats are given and the prepared staff are close by to guarantee the undertakings are as protected as they are enjoyable.
Oar Boats are accessible from 12pm until nightfall.
Cost 25QR per 30 minutes.
MIA Park Bazaar
The Park Bazaar will begin again in October and will be hung on the first Saturday of consistently until April 2014.
- Daily 10.30am until 11pm
- Closed Tuesday
- Park attractions – Open from 12pm until 10pm
- Park Kiosk open
- Daily 12pm until 10pm
- Closed Tuesday
- Open hours
- Sunday 10:30am – 5:30pm
- Monday 10:30am – 5:30pm
- Tuesday Closed
- Wednesday 10:30am – 5:30 pm
- Thursday 12pm – 8pm
- Friday 2pm – 8pm
- Saturday 12pm – 8pm
Last admission ½ hour before closing
- Tel +974 4422 4444
- Fax +974 4422 4446
Guests are asked to be dressed properly. Entrance might decline to those unacceptably dressed.
Mathaf Shuttle Bus
Free transport among MIA and Mathaf
Wednesday to Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Transports leave at the top of the hour
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