Tour the museum in Doha, Qatar

One of the most opulent museums ever constructed, opening March 2019

(Photo: Jean Nouvel)

In anticipation of the entire world coming to this country the size of Connecticut for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is opening the new National Museum of Qatar, a 450,000-square-foot showplace that tells the story of the country over 1.7 miles of exhibits. The space is set around the Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, which was once the home of the royal family and seat of the Qatari government.

Now it’s the centerpiece of this massive Jean Nouvel-designed space, which looks a little like a pile of saucers set on the side of the Gulf. Inside you’ll see how Qatar developed from the a before humans to the global destination it is today, mixing modern artwork with stuff like the Pearl Carpet of Baroda, an 1865 work that includes over 1.5 million pear

 

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