Despite the limitations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museums remain open to the public and are preparing for the Ramadan season.
As health and safety precautions are in place, please note that interested guests should pre-register prior to their visit to any of the museum facilities.
New Museum Director
In January this year, FBQ Museum welcomed new director Claudio Cravero.
Originally from Italy, Cravero comes with a background in Museum studies. His experience across the Middle East started in 2014 as Chief Curator at Ithra in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. It was followed by his appointment as director of the Fine Arts Museum of the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre in Kuwait in 2019.
Among his accomplishments is the establishment of the first public collection of modern and contemporary art and the development of the artist-in-residence programme in Kuwait.
Cravero is excited to draw from his 16 years’ experience in the museum industry to work with the museum team on strengthening the FBQ Complex of Museums as a cultural oasis to promote Qatar’s cultural heritage and arts, regionally and internationally.
New FBQ Carpet Museum
The FBQ Carpet Museum is home to over six hundred carpets. Its collection includes intricate hand-woven rugs from Iran, India and Turkey. These carpets feature patterns, threads and dyes from around the world. Carpets that celebrate Qatari sadu, the traditional Bedouin technique that is still practised today to make cushions and tents, can also be found in the display.
The FBQ Carpet Museum is located at Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, 6th Floor, with access through the City Center Mall. To visit, book in advance at [email protected]. Free entrance from Saturday to Thursday, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Community and Cultural Engagement
The FBQ Museum also welcomed the German community in Qatar, including members of the Bayern Munich Fans Club, as part of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Community and Cultural Engagement activation for the FIFA Club World Cup 2020 tournament in February.
The main highlight of their visit includes the tour of the museum’s new sports section and the marvellous car collections and a number of exceptional German vintage vehicles.
For updates and more information, visit fbqmuseum.org.
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