The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), in partnership with Mawater Centre, is set to open a unique vintage car exhibition on Friday at the NMoQ, aimed at providing visitors an opportunity to walk down memory lane of the country’s rich history.
In an Instagram post on Thursday, the NMoQ said that the exhibition, which will run until November 15, will display 12 cars commonly used by the public in Qatar between the 1970s and 1990s.
“These cars tell the story of everyday life through the lens of transportation,” the NMoQ noted, as it urged residents to “join us in a trip back in time for a month of motoring nostalgia”.
The NMoQ and Mawater Centre also organised a similar exhibition early this year, also showcasing 12 vehicles used for government and public transportation between 1950s and 1990s.
The cars on show included:
* A 1983 Toyota Cressida – used as a taxi in the 70s, 80s, and 90s – that roamed the streets in Doha until 2004;
* A GMC 1977 model water truck – one of the vehicles mostly owned by Qatari families transporting potable water from the desalination plants in Msheireb and Ras Abu Abboud to residents;
* A school bus 1980 B series model used by the Ministry of Education from the 70s to 2004;
* Government and ministerial cars such as the special forces car (Internal Security Forces – Lekhwiya today);
* A police car (1972 Mercedes-Benz 280E model); and
* A 1975 Suzuki Titan motorbike used to deliver official documents and letters between the Ministry of Finance and Petroleum and other government institutions in the 70s and 80s.
The previous exhibition included personal cars such as the GMC model used by many families for pilgrimage abroad, and the 1989 Nissan Skyline GT, one of the most popular sports cars in Doha until the late 1980s.
The NMoQ reopened its permanent galleries on October 1 as part of the final phase of the gradual lifting of coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions in the country.
On the same date, the museum also unveiled *Splendours of the Ancient East: Antiquities from the Al-Sabah Collection Special Exhibition, marking Qatar’s deep-rooted and unique ties with Kuwait and revealing new insights into the ancient roots of Islamic Art.
It will run until January 3, 2021.
The NMoQ – open from Saturday to Thursday, between 9am-7pm, and on Friday between 1:30pm and 7pm – is implementing precautionary measures to ensure the safety of visitors.
Visitors will be required to reserve tickets in advance on Qatar Museum’s website.