'Culture Pass' tours of The National Museum of Qatar draw hundreds of participants during first week

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The National Museum of Qatar has welcomed hundreds of ‘Culture Pass’ members from across the country as it opened its doors for public tours of the building last week.

The series of tours, designed to offer a glimpse of the building before final fit out begins later this year, drew overwhelmingly positive reactions from members of the community as they explored the building’s sloping galleries and striking enclosures. 

The National Museum is an architectural masterpiece designed by world-renowned French architect Jean Nouvel and is due to open in December 2018. Its interlocking discs are inspired by the desert rose and evoke the life of the Qatari people between the desert and the sea.

More than 1,400 people have so far signed up for the opportunity to explore this remarkable and distinctive building with a total of 50 tours scheduled to take place through August 21st. The tours are open only to Culture Pass members who sign up online.

Khalid Al-Ibrahim, Chief Strategic Planning Office at Qatar Museums, said:

“The interest we saw from the people of Qatar in visiting the National Museum has been tremendous, which speaks to the museum’s role in uniting the people of Qatar around our shared history and identity. It has been inspirational to walk through the museum’s galleries and experience their beauty along with huge numbers of people of all backgrounds and nationalities who have made Qatar their home.

With the focus soon shifting to the next phase of the museum’s development, we hope as many people as possible will take advantage of this opportunity to experience a ‘sneak preview’ of the building’s unique design. The National Museum will tell the story of Qatar and its people through a variety of approaches and educational programmes.”