Qatar Museums (QM) announced the reopening of several museums and heritage sites to the public on 1 July, in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).
The reopening will align with the Ministry’s second phase of the general resumption of public activity in Qatar, based on milestones reached in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.
QM plans to reopen the remainder of their other facilities in phases, while rolling out the new health and safety protocols, following global standards, and carefully monitoring progress to ensure the well-being of staff and visitors.
Museums and galleries opening this 1 July include the Museum of Islamic Art, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and the Garage Gallery at the Doha Fire Station. Heritage sites that are opening include Al Zubarah, Al Jassasiya and Barzan Towers.
The permanent collections of MIA and Mathaf will be open to visitors, as well as the special exhibition Picasso’s Studios, organised in partnership with the Musée National Picasso-Paris, at the Garage Gallery at the Doha Fire Station.
QM CEO Ahmad Al Namla said they are excited to welcome the public back to a number of their museums and heritage sites from 1 July. He said that they put in place a robust set of health and safety measures, to create a safe and comfortable environment for staff and visitors.
While the team at Qatar Museums has done extraordinary work during the pandemic to engage the public through digital initiatives, we look forward to beginning to reopen our doors.
Our audiences are proud of these cultural institutions that offer not only inspiration and knowledge, but also provide gathering places for the community and space for respite, which is needed now more than ever.
Museum gift shops will be open and cafes will offer limited service during museum opening hours. From Saturday to Thursday IDAM restaurant at MIA will operate at limited capacity for dinner service, while JIWAN at the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) will be open at limited capacity for lunch and afternoon tea.
The NMoQ gift shops will also be open, although the NMoQ galleries will remain closed as the museum undergoes maintenance work. During this initial phase, public programmes, group tours and special events will remain suspended, and the QM playgrounds, libraries and parks (including MIA Park) will remain closed during the first phase.
In keeping with the guidelines set by MoPH, a limited number of visitors and staff will be allowed inside each museum. The museums and heritage sites will be open Sunday to Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm. Visitors will be required to reserve tickets in advance on the QM website.
Upon arrival at the museum, ticketholders must present a ‘green’ health status on their Ehteraz virus-tracing app. Each person will go through a temperature reading at the entrance.
Visitors (12 years and older) will be required to bring and wear a mask. Hand sanitiser stations will be placed throughout the location, encouraging visitors to keep their hands clean. Signage reminding visitors to keep safe distance from other visitors will also be visible on site. Cloak rooms will be unavailable during this period. In addition, interactive features at each museum such as touchscreens will be temporarily removed, and gallery guides will be offered online only.
For more information on their new health and safety measures and ticketing information, visit the QM website at visit.qm.org.qa.