Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum

The Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum lies in the locality of Al Samriya in the municipality of Al Shahaniya in Qatar.

The Sheikh Faisal Museum, for short, was built in 1998 by Sheikh Faisal to house and exhibit his collections of things he collected during his trips around the world. It is said to have been built over a historic fort but I could not find any signs of that original building. The museum buildings, built out of local stone, have a peculiar architectural style. To me it doesn't reflect the local Qatari style of fortified buildings but more that of fortifications from the Crusader era.

The museum can of course be visited, with the exception of Fridays because that day is the Arab equivalent of Sunday in the Western world. I read that the museum held a large collection of automobiles, coins, Islamic art and Qatari heritage and would take hours to visit. Not surprisingly given the scale of the buildings. I didn't have that time, so I didn't visit the museum itself. A curious building, showing what you can do with money, in my opinion.


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Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum

The Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum lies in the locality of Al Samriya in the municipality of Al Shahaniya in Qatar.

The Sheikh Faisal Museum, for short, was built in 1998 by Sheikh Faisal to house and exhibit his collections of things he collected during his trips around the world. It is said to have been built over a historic fort but I could not find any signs of that original building. The museum buildings, built out of local stone, have a peculiar architectural style. To me it doesn't reflect the local Qatari style of fortified buildings but more that of fortifications from the Crusader era.

The museum can of course be visited, with the exception of Fridays because that day is the Arab equivalent of Sunday in the Western world. I read that the museum held a large collection of automobiles, coins, Islamic art and Qatari heritage and would take hours to visit. Not surprisingly given the scale of the buildings. I didn't have that time, so I didn't visit the museum itself. A curious building, showing what you can do with money, in my opinion.


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