The National Museum of Qatar is expected to become one of the favourite family and student destinations in the country once fully operational, Qatar Museums (QM) has said.
Citing its state-of-the-art facilities such as the galleries, 'Caravanserai' courtyard, 220-seat auditorium, and a heritage research centre, QM expressed confidence that a large number of residents and students across Qatar will be enticed to visit the new museum year-round. The museum is slated to open in December next year.
“There will be a lot of programmes and activities that will take place within this area (Caravanserai courtyard) of the museum, and families can come here,” QM’s chief strategic planning officer Khalid al-Ibrahim said. The museum, which features an innovative design by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel inspired by the desert rose, will also have a landscaped park with children’s playground.
The museum’s 220-seat, 300sq m auditorium will be used for special events such as music, film viewing, lectures, and story readings.
Apart from other facilities for school groups and special guests, QM noted that the museum’s ‘Heritage Research Centre’ will serve as a research library open to both students and scholars. “It will honour the traditions of the past while embracing the future of Qatar through exhibitions, educational activities, cultural site visits, and technology-based programming,” QM stressed.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to walk down memory lane of Qatar’s rich history through the 14 museum galleries (12 permanent and two temporary), which house precious collections. Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim al-Thani’s original palace (also the old National Museum), his family home and seat of the government for 25 years, which sits in the heart of the new museum, is expected to be one of the main attractions due to its historical significance for the country.
Some of the old museum facilities have been removed to give way for the new museum, QM pointed out. “The museum will be a thriving hub for the public, students and museum professionals, offering rich and varied experiences to many different audiences,” QM said. “It will redefine the role of a cultural institution, fostering a spirit of participation and encouraging artistic and scientific discovery.”
Some of the museum’s key facilities include a 100-seat café, an 85-seat desert rose gallery, two gift shops, two restoration/conservation laboratories for collection processing and storage, and two outdoor coffee shops (kiosks).
QM has urged residents to take a ‘sneak preview’ of the building’s unique design through its free ‘Culture Pass’ tours, which will end on August 21.