Posted on July 16, 2017

Following the news last month that the official opening date of the National Museum will be in December 2018, H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums today welcomed French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, on a tour of the museum.

Together, accompanied by a delegation that included Qatar Museums CEO Mr Mansoor bin Ebrahim El Mahmoud, and the French Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Mr. Eric Chevalier, they spent time exploring the museum’s interior and exterior.

The National Museum is designed by world-renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. It will combine historic objects and contemporary influences, opening up a dialogue around the impact of rapid change. It will give voice to Qatar’s heritage whilst celebrating its future. The National Museum tells the story of the people of Qatar, celebrating the country’s rich heritage and history and reflecting Qatar’s long-standing commitment to the arts. It evokes the life of the Qatari people through the desert and the sea through architecture symbolizing a desert rose.

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Commenting on the tour, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian today on a tour of the National Museum of Qatar. He was very complimentary and positive about the progress being made and congratulated the team on all that is being done to create this incredible space. The museum celebrates Qatar’s proud identity and connects the country’s history with its diverse and cosmopolitan present. Not only will it redefine the role of a cultural institution, but it also marks another major milestone in Qatar’s development as an arts and cultural hub.”

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This week a further exciting announcement is expected about a special National Museum-related offer available to members of Qatar Museums’ Culture Pass loyalty programme. Further details will be available on Qatar Museums’ social media channels soon. The National Museum will also open in the year that the Museum of Islamic Art celebrates its tenth anniversary, a reflection of Qatar's long-standing investment in the arts. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art opened in 2010, and the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum will open in the next year.

 The National Museum of Qatar is built around Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani’s original palace, one of Qatar’s most recognizable landmarks and a building that served as a monument to a historic way of life in Qatar. This palace has a unique historical significance for the State of Qatar and has been recently fully restored. The palace will be a fitting central exhibit within the National Museum when it opens.