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Museum of Islamic Art


Experience 14 centuries in a few hours at one of the leading collections of Islamic art in the world. The MIA’s magnificent and imaginatively presented displays of the finest art and artefacts from across the Islamic world have earned it recognition among the world’s top cultural institutions. Marvel at award winning collections which feature paintings, glassworks, metalwork, ceramics, textiles and manuscripts and cover periods as important as Mughal and Safavid.

No visitor can fail to be impressed by the quality and diversity the collections, housed in a modern architectural masterpiece designed by IM Pei, winner of the 1983 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The museum ensures fresh interest through its constantly changing programme of special exhibitions.

A fee may be charged for some of these temporary shows, but admission to the permanent galleries is free. The MIA is also home to indoor and outdoors cafes, a gift shop and IDAM, a world class restaurant run by Alain Ducasse, who holds three Michelin stars. Onsite guides are also available to assist visitors.

The museum was designed by IM Pei, the architect of the Louvre pyramid in Paris, and you know that something special awaits from the minute you lay eyes on the grand, palm-tree-lined entrance. Inside, the building is a masterpiece of light and space, drawing your eyes up to the dome, a clever modern take on an element so prevalent in Islamic architecture.

The collection is spread over three floors: the 1st and 2nd floors house the permanent collection, which includes exquisite textiles, ceramics, enamel work and glass, all showcased conceptually. A single motif, for example, is illustrated in neighbouring display cases in the weave of a carpet or a ceramic floor tile, or adapted in a piece of gold jewellery, allowing visitors to gain a sense of the homogeneity of Islamic art.

Pace yourself by visiting the cafe downstairs or finish at the top-floor IDAM restaurant. On the ground floor there’s a large museum shop. There are free 40-minute guided tours (in English and Arabic) of the permanent collection on Thursday at 2pm.

Both men and women should avoid strappy tops or vests and shorts because you may be refused admission.


Sunday, 08:30am to 7:00pm

Monday, 08:30am to 7:00pm

Tuesday, 08:30am to 7:00pm

Wednesday, 08:30am to 7:00pm

Thursday, 08:30am to 7:00pm

Friday, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Saturday, 08:30am to 7:00pm

Last admissions are 30 minutes before closing. The Galleries, Gift Shop, and Café close 15 minutes before closing.

For more information about the museum and opening hours, please check the following link: http://www.mia.org.qa

For COVID-19 Measures :- Visitor numbers are restricted to 100 visitors at any one time. You will be required to show your EHTERAZ app on entry and to wear your own face mask.


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