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Places (POIs) visited during this tour

Place #1
Distance: 1.26mi , Attraction : Museum
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7GQW+9VR, Emrair St, Doha, Qatar
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National Museum of Qatar
Starting off strong! On our left is the National Museum of Qatar. Beautifully encapsulating Qatar’s rich heritage while still embracing modern architecture. The amazing structure is hard to miss, resembling a desert rose which can be found in Qatar’s arid desert regions. The rose building has been constructed around Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani’s original palace that has now been restored. Just as impressive as these two pieces to the museum are, there’s even a large auditorium, two full restaurants, and a cafe. 

The museum showcases Qatar’s history, culture, and heritage through a series of immersive exhibits, interactive displays, artifacts, artworks, multimedia installations, and archival materials. It covers various themes such as natural history, archaeology, historical artifacts, Bedouin life, and the overall development of Qatar as a nation. The museum is broken up into four galleries, the first three being described as chapters. The first chapter covers the formation of Qatar, the second is about the people of Qatar, the third chapter presents Qatar’s evolving foreign engagement, and the final gallery looks into the work Qatar is doing in present time. The layout of the space and its pieces are perfectly created, you will leave feeling fulfilled, satisfied, and well read. 

The National Museum of Qatar serves as a bridge between its past and present, offering visitors a captivating journey through the nation’s history and traditions. It's truly a one of a kind experience, with its thought-provoking exhibits and innovative design.

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Place #2
Distance: 1.40mi , Attraction : Museum
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7GWQ+6M7, Doha, Qatar
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Museum of Islamic Art
Our second stop of the day is the Museum of Islamic Art. This architecturally stunning building is home to one of the most extensive collections of Islamic art in the world. It spans over 1,400 years and represents various regions across three continents. But before we dive into the fantastic pieces that live inside, it's important to note the art that the museum itself stands as too. The structure is a beautiful blend of modern design and traditional Islamic elements. With its use of light, geometric shapes, and the way it lives within its natural environment is a wonderful representation of the Islamic culture’s relationship with nature. The central atrium in particular is absolutely stunning with its large space and natural light. 

Okay, back to the collection! There are many different kinds of pieces within the museum such as: manuscripts, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, glass, jewelry, woodwork, and coins. Each item comes with its own unique story, and range in location and background. You could learn about a ceramic piece that came from a nobleman’s palace, or a gorgeous necklace that was owned by an ordinary person from hundreds of years ago or even more modern. There are a total of 12 galleries throughout the museum, all broken up into their own sections such as different countries, or families. The Museum of Islamic Art really is a wonderful collection of art that will teach you about the Islamic people, heritage, and their history.

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Tour itinerary stops | Additional places you'll see on this self-guided tour

Map Pin Place 1 National Museum of Qatar
Map Pin Place 2 Museum of Islamic Art
Map Pin Place 3 Souq Waqif
Map Pin Place 4 Flagpoles of World Cup Competitors
Map Pin Place 5 Al Bidda Park
Map Pin Place 6 Orry The Oryx Sculpture
Map Pin Place 7 Pearls to Oil
Map Pin Place 8 Qatari History and Tales
Map Pin Place 9 Al Sumoud Art Work
Map Pin Place 10 Katara Mosque & Cultural Village
Map Pin Place 11 The Pearl-Qatar Island
Map Pin Place 12 Qanat Quartier

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