Qatar Museums (QM) announced that the reopening of its institutions will continue this August with new temporary exhibitions at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. Museum libraries and all of QM parks and playgrounds also reopens this month with temporary restrictions in place.
This phased-in expansion of services follows the July reopening of heritage sites and the permanent collection galleries of a number of museums under QM, in accordance with recommendations from the Ministry of Public Health.
New health and safety protocols include requiring visitors to purchase tickets in advance on the QM website, to present a ‘green’ health status on the Ehteraz virus-tracing app, and to bring and wear face coverings for the duration of their visit.
QM’s ambitious programme of special exhibitions, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume with opportunities for the public to enjoy artworks and artifacts that span centuries and the globe. Drawn from the holdings of Qatar Museums and from major loans, these temporary exhibitions present artistic treasures assembled over the years by one of Qatar’s greatest collectors, survey the achievements of two important contemporary women artists of Arab background, and provide stunning insights into the creative life of one of the greatest artists of the modern era.
Qatar Museums CEO Ahmad Al Namla welcomed the opening of the temporary exhibitions, as it will give the public the opportunity to explore the masterpieces assembled in these exceptional exhibitions.
I express my gratitude and appreciation to Qatar Museums staff who have worked tirelessly during the challenging lockdown period to put together these exhibitions, I am especially grateful to the partners who have extended the loan period for these extraordinary works, so the exhibitions can be presented as originally envisioned.
Exhibitions opening this August include A Falcon’s Eye: Tribute to Sheikh Saoud Al Thani at MIA, and Yto Barrada: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nougat, Huguette Caland: Faces and Places and Lived Forward: Art and Culture in Doha from 1960–2020 at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. Starting 10 August, Picasso’s Studios, which is organised in partnership with the Musée national Picasso-Paris and has been on view since 1 July at the Doha Fire Station’s Garage Gallery, will offer extended evening hours, remaining open until 8 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Though the National Museum of Qatar will remain closed, the museum has developed two digital exhibitions, which will be accessible on the NMoQ website in August. Qatar’s Culinary Journey and Habitat & Shelters feature themes that are explored in the National Museum’s permanent galleries and include crowd-sourced material.
Health and Safety Protocols
In keeping with the guidelines set by the Ministry of Public Health, a limited number of visitors and staff will be allowed inside each museum. The museums and heritage sites will be open from Sunday through Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm. Visitors (12 years old and above) will be required to bring and wear a mask. Hand sanitis≈er stations will be placed throughout the location. Signage reminding visitors to keep a safe distance from others will also be visible on site. Cloak rooms and lockers will be unavailable during this period. Interactive features at each museum such as touchscreens will be temporarily removed, and gallery guides will be offered online only.
Museum gift shops will be open and cafes will offer limited service during museum hours. From Saturday to Thursday IDAM restaurant at MIA will operate at limited capacity for dinner service, while JIWAN at NMoQ will be open at limited capacity for lunch and afternoon tea. During this phase of reopening, public programmes will be limited to ten visitors, and group tours and special events will remain suspended. QM parks and playgrounds will be open with restricted capacity from 9 am to 10 pm, Sunday until Thursday. Libraries will be open from 9 am until 3 pm for 10 visitors at a time.