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Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art

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Address: Education City off Al-Luqta Street, Doha, Qatar
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+974 4402 8855

Mathaf ('museum' in Arabic) is a new institution dedicated to Arab culture...

Mathaf ('museum' in Arabic) is a new institution dedicated to Arab culture and creativity opened in Doha December 2010. Located near Education City, the museum is home to a permanent collection offering a unique and comprehensive overview of modern Arab art, and is poised to become a vital centre for dialogue and scholarship in the region.

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Love Doha's free museums!

Sadly, the permanent collection was closed on the day of our visit. Call ahead! They had two temporary exhibits, once which was outstanding. Nice gift shop, friendly staff.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Boring exhibits. No restaurant inside. Not easy to get there. Way finding is poor within the education city. Not recommended for visit.

Thank mo a
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The permanent collection was closed. The shuttle bus takes about 35 minutes from the Museum of Islamic Art so you get a good view of the construction taking place in Doha. If time was short, I would give this museum a miss.

Thank Connie C
key west and new york
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Unique architecture and collection of modern art. Free! Can ride on shuttle bus from Museum of Islamic Art to this location. Lots of building going on around here in Education City.

Thank ellentravels
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sadly, the permanent collection was closed on the day of our visit. Call ahead! They had two temporary exhibits, once which was outstanding. Nice gift shop, friendly staff.

Thank Mcgilly11
Princeton, New Jersey
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They have a sizeable permanent collection although when we were there the main gallery was being setup for an exhibition and there was only one section of the show "DIA AL-AZZAWI; A RETROSPECTIVE (from 1863 until tomorrow)." The main part of this show was in a building within the grounds of the Museum of Islamic Art downtown. Education City is... More 

Thank Gogocar
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This a museum is a beauty. I was so lucky to be able to admire the retrospective of Al-Azzawi I came from the USA and had been researching his work online. When I walked into this museum I was speechless. His work is massive and impressive. He's now my favorite contemporary artist of all times. The museum is next to... More 

Thank Carlabnk123
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The receptionist was kind enough to let us in to the museum, as we had arrived at closing time. The museum has a fine collection of permanent and temporary Art, the walls of the museum are all white which highlights the exhibits. The Dia Al Azzawi retrospective ( from 1963 until tomorrow) was very beautiful, I loved his quote, "I... More 

Thank Ebrahim S
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Mathaf museum of modern art has many of temporary or permanent exhibitions to visit all year long. Some of them require a ticket, some other not! Sculptures at the outside area are really nice!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Had a very enjoyable visit. Welcomed by the staff on the desk who told us about the museum and its ethos. The interior is all while which show cases the art perfectly. Unfortunately the café lets it down. Some great sculptures and seating area outside. We got a turquoise taxi to it from our hotel (cost about £7 from middle... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 11 February 2017

The receptionist, a very nice young man, originally from Syria, told us that there was no other museum with the same mission as this one: to show modern and contemporary Arab art to the world. We were most impressed by the permanent collection, and the two temporary exhibitions.

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