National Museum of Qatar

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Studio Louter
Opera Amsterdam

Experience the culture and heritage of Qatar

In March 2019 the impressive National Museum of Qatar opened in Doha. Specific places for families have been set up in the 1,5 kilometer meandering exhibition. They are places as you know them at a rived bed: in the shade and with a place to rest and play. Here, the story of Qatar is told to families with children aged five to fifteen in an interactive and exciting way. For the family exhibitions Natural History, Navigation & Movement and Life on the Land Kiss the Frog developed a total of seventeen digital and interactive games and projections.

The museum, designed by the award-winning French architect Jean Nouvel, not only tells about the rich history of Qatar, it also tells the story of its inhabitants, from a distant past to the future.

Visitors explore the Qatari culture of movement, during a one year cycle, by following movements on a detailed projected model of Qatar. Experience where, why and how people, animals and ships moved in the old days driven by the seasons.

Children discover the flora and fauna of Qatar. Four landscapes form an immersive projection on the wall. In one of the interactive exhibits, children equip an animal with the right features to survive and see it come to life in the air, land or water.

One of the family exhibitions is about navigation and movement, focused on various ways of navigation and tracking to survive in the desert of Qatar. With motion tracking technology, visitors control the flying of a falcon and give commands to a saluki dog.

Children assess which animals are useful to survive in the desert and learn to read their tracks.

In the gallery ‘Life on the Land’, children learn about the daily lives and activities of traditional Qatari. They can participate in a coffee ritual, experience how hard it is to collect water out of a well, weave a larger piece of cloth and notice the difference between their own daily routine and that of a child in 1959.

“Don't hesitate to take your kids. They will be entertained at every corner!”

Bakoe, Tripadvisor review