Qatar Museums (QM) is set to take Culture Pass members to its first ‘Menthaar’ tour this month at the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim (FBQ) Museum on Saturday (February 6).
“FBQ museum is one of the world’s largest private museums; it provides visitors with a glimpse into the history of the Qatari people, Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani and his family and beyond. The collection, compiled during his international travels throughout the last 55 years, has now accumulated to an eclectic mix of possessions, mementos, souvenirs, objects and artifacts gathered from over 4 continents,” QM posted on its Instagram page on Thursday.
The tour forms part of QM’s year-long programme, offering participants (Culture Pass Plus and Culture Pass Family members only) the opportunity to learn about the country’s culture, heritage, and environment via a series of activities. These include tours, workshops, talks and webinars.
FBQ sections include Weapons & Saddles, Traditional Qatari House, Wooden Crafts, Textile & Jewellery, Islamic Art, Wooden Arabesque Art, Qur’an Room, Original Syrian House, Carpet (home to over seven hundred carpets), Falconry, Car (consists of more than six hundred cars - all in working condition), Sports, Dhows and the History of Pearl Diving, Fossil, and Hamad Hospital.
Some of the pieces on show include an 18th Century (Kashmir) Ceramic Bowl, Ottoman Key Bag (silk and cotton embroidered with silver and gilt silver threads); 18th century Ottoman Pistol from Turkey (crafted meticulously with wood and steel and inlaid with gold and silver); and a red textile which highlights “two love stories embroidered on wool from Qajar Era Iran”, among others.
According to QM, participants will also have the chance to see the country’s “transformation into a modern nation after the oil discovery with the vintage car collection.”
QM scheduled a second Menthaar (meaning to take a closer look in Arabic) tour at the FBQ Museum on February 22 from 2pm to 5pm.
QM encourages Culture Pass members to register and take part in these Menthaar events, which allow them to visit and “explore Qatar’s sustainable initiatives.”