The Peninsula has reported that more than half a million (approximately 575, 215) people came and visited the museums in Qatar and the interesting exhibitions held in the country in 2017, as per the data released by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics. This indicates that Qatar is now a pulsating and vivacious centre for arts and culture within the region and also outside it. Most people visited the museums during December, March and April last year.
The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) which is Qatar Museums flagship project, was the most visited attraction and pulled in approximately 411,869 people in 2017. MIA is very popular, especially among tourists, who visit it to see its vast Islamic art collected from all over the Muslim world and across three continents, reaching as far as China and Spain. The collection is made up of precious stones, jewellery, ceramics, glass, wood, metal, textiles and manuscripts from hundreds of years ago dating from the 7th to the 20th century.
Other popular attractions were the Al Riwaq Gallery, Msheirib Museum, Zubarah Fort Museum, Fire Station: Artist Residence and Katara Gallery. 35,921 people visited Al Riwaq Gallery, 24,841 people visited Msheirib Museum, 31,440 people visited Zubarah Fort Museum, 36,764 people visited the Fire Station: Artist Residence, and 15,864 people visited Katara Gallery.
Exhibitions were also great crowd pullers in Qatar, last year especially those world class exhibitions that were set up by the Qatar Museums. The exhibitions were educational, recreational and many of them appealed to people of all ages.
Have you visited these Museums? Did you enjoy the experience? Do let us know what you think in our comments section.
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