Private museums enhance cultural vision and community awareness in Qatar

Doha: Qatar is rich with a number of private museums that showcase the cultural vision of the country, so collectors join the honor roll of museums to help preserve this heritage for successive generations.

The Qatar News Agency highlights the importance, strength and presence of private museums in the country’s cultural scene, as well as the experiences and contribution of these museums on the occasion of International Museum Day, which falls on May 18 each year.

Among the most important private museums is the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, located in the Al Sheehaniya region. With its precious treasures, the museum tells chapters of Qatar’s history, passing through regions, civilizations and ancient times. It occupies an area of ​​approximately 50,000 m² and includes more than 50,000 rare pieces from four different continents.

Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani, founder and chairman of the board of the museum, which is one of the most famous private museums of Islamic art and antiquities in the Middle East, said he inherited his interest in collecting art and preserving the legacy of his father Sheikh Qassim bin Faisal. His father took him to visit many museums and archaeological sites in the Arab Gulf region and in Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Greece.

The museum includes coins from the Croesus era, from countries that are centuries old, and from countries that no longer exist, in the coin section which has about 4,000 coins.
Al Thani pointed out that this hobby is very expensive and requires a lot of care.

James C. Tibbs