The Sheikh Faisal Museum was established in 1998, in a Qatari fort at Al Samriya Farm with its distinctive exterior. Designed to preserve and display the fabulous artefacts collected by Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim bin Faisal Al Thani, the building’s return to historic Qatari architecture resonates against modern day Doha. Sheikh Faisal is dedicated to preserving and promoting particularly Islamic heritage for the people of Qatar and its international visitors. The museum has expanded since its opening, with new facilities for research and education purposes as well as state-of-the art facilities. In 2010, the museum was selected by the Ministry of Art, Culture and Heritage as one of Qatar’s cultural landmarks as part of the ‘Qatar Capital of Culture’ activities.

A visit to Sheikh Faisal’s museum will provide entertainment for the entire family – the display of artefacts gives one a feel of simply walking through a treasure filled fort, with hidden nooks and crannies where fascinating pieces of the past can be found. From antique cars to weapons and dinosaur eggs, a walk through the museum offers a sense of wonder to old and young alike. Here’s a glimpse of some of the marvellous artefacts you’ll be able to see:

Explore a traditional Middle Eastern courtyard
Are you an avid cyclist? Take a look at cycles that were around long before you were

Would you have gone on a seafaring adventure on a dhow?

Or on a row boat perhaps?

The vintage car collection

Ancient manuscripts and books…don’t you wish you could turn those pages?

A mock prison cell

A few pieces of Christian history

Dinosaurs, fossils and more….

This magnificent desert rose

And of course don’t forget to stop at the cafe for some much needed sustenance after you’re done exploring!

Note
Bags aren’t allowed in the museum. Leave your belongings in your car. Cameras are permitted.
Working Days:
Saturday to Thursday – 9 am – 6 pm. Last entry is at 5:30 pm
Friday closed
For more details, on Opening Hours and Group Visits.
Book your visit here
Entry: Free
Children below 6 years can enjoy the kids area of the Museum. They are not allowed inside the museum.
Arrive at least 30 min before your chosen entrance time.

Author: Sarah Mascarenhas, Photos: Andrea Buenafe & Sarah Mascarenhas

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