Museum of Islamic Art
Museum of Islamic Art
4.5
09:00 - 19:00
Monday
09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 19:00
Thursday
09:00 - 19:00
Friday
13:30 - 19:00
Saturday
09:00 - 19:00
Sunday
09:00 - 19:00
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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  • VinnieLondon
    Doha, Qatar11,793 contributions
    First visit after renovation
    First visit to the museum since the 2022 renovation and galleries are much better . At time of review excellent temporary exhibition on the history of Damascus. Cafe is still a top Doha location for a coffee with stunning views of the museum’s architecture and across west bay. Entrance still free for Qatar residents. East parking in park next to museum and few minutes walk from Souq Waqif metro. Worth a visit fir the architecture alone.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Crimson786
    Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan179 contributions
    Must Visit Museum
    Let's start with the secret tip.. if you're a resident of Qatar, you go free; if you're a visitor, you buy a ticket but the ticket is valid for about half a dozen other museums too including National Museum & Sports Museum. The museum houses multiple galleries displaying permanent and temporary exhibits from almost all nooks and corners of Islamic world. Beautiful artefacts including calligraphy, jewellery, weapons and clothing, ceramics and pottery etc. I visited in February 2023, while they had a temporary gallery on Baghdad. The architecture, location and views around the museum are stunning.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 April 2023
  • vicdaikaterys
    Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom25 contributions
    Stunning building and view, great collection
    Stunning building from all angles. If you can walk out toward to the park to the right and along the waterfront to the sculpture you can see the building from different viewpoints. Inside it is just as stunning - very expansive and immaculate, detailed marble and sweeping staircase and architectural ceiling. The collection was beautifully curated and interesting. Some of the placards are hard to read in the dim light but that's my age ! Ramadan curtailed hours and meant no café or restaurant open, which is understandable but a shame as that would have made the experience more enjoyable, The views from the café of the city and islands would have been wonderful. We bought a silver pass for 99 Riyals each which allowed 5 days of visits in 6 museums including the Museum of Qatar and the Museum of Sport at the Khalifa stadium - we did these 3 over 3 days and they were all great value.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 13 April 2023
  • AHZambia
    London, United Kingdom1,037 contributions
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 April 2023
  • Zain M
    4 contributions
    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 14 May 2023
  • RosT00
    Larne, United Kingdom13 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Andrew
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia655 contributions
    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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Louise H
    Sydney, Australia70 contributions
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Moally D
    1 contribution
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 August 2023
  • NoosaKings
    Noosa, Australia373 contributions
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
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sosofar
Amsterdam, The Netherlands511 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
The museum is located on an artificial island and is a real eye catcher. The view from the cafe of the waterfront and the skyline is magnificent. The museum shows islamic art from different perspectives (historical, geographical, architectural and thematic). Clear explanations are provided. The museum is spacious and an impressive interior design.
Written 24 February 2024
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NICHOLAS T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates5,897 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
This building has a real wow factor inside and out and offers spectacular views across the water to the skyline of the Corniche.

The exhibits focus on various aspects of Islamic art, including clothing, furnishings, weapons, writings and more.

The building is spectacular and the artefacts presented beautifully.

There is an excellent gift shop and cafe inside the museum.

It was QAR 50 to enter which was very good value.
Written 16 February 2024
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Mohammed S
229 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Went with my family. The building itself is magnificent. The artefacts/display on first floor around Islamic were very interesting. I found the second floor more about South East Asia less impressive or relevant to the museum.

Slightly misleading: the building is four floors but only display on two floors.

We enjoyed the walk around the building and display - lifts seemed to be working intermittently.

Nice view of West Bay from this side of the corniche on the ground floor outside.

Overall a decent couple of hours spent at museum.
Written 13 February 2024
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FarC
United Kingdom36 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Modern , spacious galleries across two floors . Boasts a wonderful collection of Islamic history . One visit isn’t enough .
Written 12 February 2024
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Willy G
21 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful building at the edge of the water, with a great view of the downtown, also beautifully layout inside the museum. The items displayed are just so so. Not as impressive if you have visited more famous museums in Europe.
Written 8 February 2024
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Алтуша А
3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
I really liked the Museum of Islamic Art, the halls and exhibitions are magnificent, everything is thought out, there are places to relax, a magnificent terrace overlooking the bay with fountains, the magnificent design of the museum building.
Written 23 January 2024
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Harold B
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Visiting the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha was like stepping into a captivating journey through history and art. What I loved the most was how the museum makes art education-friendly. The displays come with detailed explanations, making it easy for everyone to connect with the art. The interactive exhibits add a cool touch, helping us understand Islamic art and its history better. MIA does a great job blending beauty with learning, making it a fantastic experience for art lovers and casual visitors alike. In a nutshell, if you're into Islamic art and culture, MIA is a must-visit. It's a mix of stunning architecture, interesting lessons, and a deep dive into culture that sticks with you. My visit was awesome, and I totally recommend it to locals and tourists!
Written 22 January 2024
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Amantia D
Albania8 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Very charming. Lost of informations and interesting objects.
You get to know more for the path of Islamic Religion.

Definitely 💯
Written 22 January 2024
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA1,977 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This place is more like a history museum than an art museum. I expected to see a lot of traditional art like paintings, drawings and sculptures. They represent a small minority of what is on display at the museum. The vast majority of items are what I consider artifacts. Things like manuscripts, pages from the Koran, knives, carpets, pottery, etc. Based on my expectations I found the museum dull and disappointing.
Written 19 January 2024
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M B
New York City, NY259 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
Visited Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art this morning. Extraordinary! Beautiful content, beautifully displayed. Video displays are engaging and insightful - nice complement to the artifacts. Signage in English and Arabic. Truly a world class museum.
Written 13 January 2024
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