Located at the beginning of the Doha Corniche, the Qatar National Museum will offer its 40 000 square meters in the neighbourhood of the historic palace belonging to the Al Thani family. Requesting the expertise of the Ateliers Jean Nouvel for designing the new museum, Qatar Museum Authority wants to replace the site of the old museum in the heart of an ambitious program of cultural development. The new National Museum of Qatar will have an international stature. Its mission is to tie the past of the Emirate, the central place it occupies today on the international scene and its future. The scenography will put into dialogue the national collections and the films directed by prestigious authors that will bring the museum galleries to life. The museum will also offer visitors the opportunity to discover the most outstanding Qatar sites and compare this live experience with the one that will be offered by the collections and the films.
The interlocking disc design by Jean Nouvel is inspired by the desert rose. The space will be a thriving hub for the public, students, and museum professionals. It will redefine the role of a cultural institution, fostering a spirit of participation and providing the conditions for discovery to thrive. Beyond galleries, it provides:
- 220-seat auditorium
- two retail outlets, two restaurants and a café
- a dedicated food forum, preserving culinary traditions
- research centre and laboratories
- a park filled with indigenous plants
The museum is built around Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani’s original palace – his family home and seat of the government for 25 years.