Mathaf Doha Reviews
the hidden gem of Doha Jan 05, 2011
Doha is trying to catch up with the world in terms of modernization, so what does it do? it builds a museum, literally translated "Mathaf" to house approximately 6000 pieces of arabic art since the mid 19th century..
it is housed in an old school building that was redesigned by he French architect Jean-François Bodin.
the mall has four main spaces besides the actual galleries.... the Manara, which is the education wing.. it will have educational activities and academic programs.. the Maktaba, which is the library, housing the digital and print collections, the Mahal, which is basically their museum gift shop, and the Maqha which is their coffee shop!!
the Mathaf is free to enter... again make sure you are wearing covered respectable clothing, or there will be an issue getting in.. that means no low necks, sleeveless tops, and shorts!!
i was super lucky to have stumbled upon this as it had just opened on Dec 30th 2010... i had visited it in its first week of operation... surprisingly they were doing quite well.. no glitches.. totally smooth running.. i was def impressed!
the collection itself was amazing.. i spent a good amount of time inside.. side note: you can't take pics inside.. so be prepared to just enjoy the sights and worry about taking pictures outsideee
it is also very very very hard to find.. it is new and most people do not know how to get to it.. including the cab drivers- so be prepared to go around in a circles a few times.. it is def worth the wait and the hassle..
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