National Museum of Qatar
In my first blog post I mentioned about how I wanted to talk about tourist attractions and history. For the last three weeks I rambled on about Qatar and its history, and what is still to come and what to consider if you plan on travelling to Qatar in the next few years. I probably left you wondering about when I was going to talk about actual tourist destinations! Finally, I’m giving you my first tourist destination, the National Museum of Qatar.
When travelling anywhere museums are usually on everyone’s hit list. Unless of course you are anything like my mom or brother, they just adore the beach. My father and I have a thirst for knowledge. As exciting as it is to say that I’ve seen the Eiffel Tower in Paris, I can’t say that it really taught me too much. Don’t get me wrong, the beach is wonderful, a fun part of travel, but I like to learn while I am away.
The National Museum of Qatar is right along the Al Corniche in Doha. It is a hard building to spot, as it is shaped like a desert rose. It seems to grow with no bounds and has no clear shape. It is full of wonders and is difficult to get inside of. Every rose has its thorn, no?
When I went to the museum, I met my friend Sean. This was our first meeting, and before my father is judged for letting me go on a date in a strange country, he did have Find My Friend on, and he kept making me send him selfies the entire date. Which was a little awkward. Sean had a lot of knowledge about Qatar, as he has lived here most of his life and he told me more than any book had taught me so far.
While we were trying to get into the building, we got lost. It took us about 20 minutes to find the entrance to the museum. Not to mention, parking was impossible. When you enter from the Al Corniche, you want to go to the back of courtyard, there is a wide opening and that is where you will want to enter. We walked all around the building looking for this entrance, it was so difficult to find! One thing you will learn within your first few days of being in Qatar is that, they are not too good with using their signs. When driving ALWAYS have Google Maps ready, or an app my dad uses called Waze.
Once you are through security, you buy your ticket at the desk. As a resident of Qatar you get a different price compared to a tourist. As a tourist I paid about 50 QR. We headed up the escalator and down the hallway to the very end to enter the exhibit.
It is very important to know that the entire museum is a timeline. It is a timeline of Qatar. It goes from the prehistoric era, to the present day. I had not realized this when I had gone through, and now I feel as if I missed something really important about the museum itself.
The museum is family friendly. Though if you do not have kids, do not bother trying to enter the kid’s section. Personally I enjoy the children’s section anywhere because it puts everything the museum has to offer in a basic language and engaging manor so that young children can understand it. If you have a difficulty understanding the kid’s section of a museum will explain it in simple terms. Though, as an adult I was not allowed going in the area at all. This is great, as a parent I imagine. Knowing it will only be other parents and their kids. It made me curious though, as to what would happen if it was an adult with mental disability, like autism or down syndrome.
I enjoyed seeing all the delicate craftsmanship that was done with the pearls, and seeing that so many European rules wore Qatari pearls, and yet, no one knew about this! I did not even know about the pearling! The joke is on me though, as I did not do my research before coming to Qatar.
Of course, then when it came to a more modern era, I loved all the signed documents. Nothing says history like seeing documents filled out by hand organizing a law, or a line of succession or a treaty. I was in awe, even though I do not understand a word of Arabic. I loved it. I knew some basic things about some of the treaties, however, I did not know the full meaning behind them until I had visited the museum.
Overall, the museum was just fantastic! I loved it, you do not realize how much history is in one place until you are shown it. I grew up learning about Europe and Canada, I never learned much else besides that. Seeing the growth of Qatar, to me was fascinating. How they showed Qatar growing from the Pangaea, to it emerging from the water. How people had inhabited it, then made a living from selling pearls to Europe. Yet, Qatar was still so unknown was all so interesting.
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