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“Nice place, but artifacts not terribly interesting”

Museum of Islamic Art
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8 Hour Qatar Museum Tour from Doha
Ranked #1 of 107 things to do in Doha
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Hell, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 326 helpful votes
“Nice place, but artifacts not terribly interesting”
Reviewed 6 March 2013

This Museum reminds me of the Getty in Los Angeles - spectacular location, grounds, design, organization. But the displays themselves leave something to be desired. If anything, I was more impressed by the WAY the items were displayed - the tall glass cabinets, the ambient mood lighting, the clear descriptions. Some of the jewel-encrusted knick-knacks and colorful carpets were beautiful, and I was fascinated by the temporary exhibition of the restored paintings and the accompanying film. But for the most part it's hard to feign prolonged interest in endless displays of korans and weapons. That pretty much sums up the museum's contents - indecipherable scribbles and rusty guns and swords. As with many museums, I end up staring at the other visitors or wondering about the lives of the guards in each section.

Visited March 2013
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“The galleries are not spectacular, but the museum is still worth a visit.”
Reviewed 5 March 2013

While the exhibits and galleries are interesting, I did not find them to be overwhelmingly impressive. I assume this is because it is hard to find historical islamic art pieces, so what they do have may very well be spectacular for that genre of art, but we covered the two floors in less than an hour. But for the free entry, I can't really complain.

What we enjoyed more than tthe art displays were the building and site themselves. The building has unique architecture and the design is open and airy. If you exit toward the library, there is a reflecting pool and open arches offering a beautiful view of the west bay. There is a nice cafe inside that offers tasty snacks and comfortable seating, also with a view of west bay.

The grounds of the museum include a nicely landscaped park along the water and on the first Saturday of the month a market is held near the parking lot.

The museum is worth a stop to view the art collections and then to have a snack and stroll through the grounds.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Breathtaking view of the downtown Doha, and impressive collections from around the world”
Reviewed 4 March 2013

The parking and entry to the museum is free.
The collections that are thematic and kept for fixed durations are fantastic, but entry tickets are expensive.

Visited February 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Interesting history, great collection, could be curated better.”
Reviewed 3 March 2013

This museum is housed in a spectacular building, right by the corniche. The architecture is beautiful and it is a lovely spot to visit for a couple of hours when in Doha. Whilst the history is infinitely interesting and the collections were wonderful too see, there was surprisingly little information about each exhibit. The notes were disappointingly scant and we would have liked to have seen more information. I didn't get to try the Alain Ducasse restaurant upstairs, but it was a nice touch.

Visited February 2013
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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“A beautiful building.”
Reviewed 3 March 2013

A beautiful building. Great exhibits, gives a sense of the historical culture of the area. Great cafe.

Visited February 2013
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