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9 January 2018 05:42 pm

Top 5 things you can find at the Sheikh Faisal Museum

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The Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum is a must-visit for anyone in Qatar seeking to learn more about the rich cultural and archeaological history and heritage of Arab and Islamic world, emerging as a tourist destination in its own right. From cars to carpets, it has it all.

Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani is a well-known businessman in Qatar involved in sectors ranging from retail to industry. He is equally well-known for his involvement in the country’s social sector. To this end, he set up the Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum’s (FBQ Museum), which provides a diverse offering of exhibits covering four major areas, all acquired through the years from his extensive travels -- eclectic collections that he willingly shares with the public. 

At the museum, visitors can be awestruck by works spanning from the Jurassic Era through to the early Islamic period. Islamic art, Qatar’s heritage, vehicles, coins, and currency notes are on display for all to see. This is the way Sheikh Faisal shares his experiences and love for his country with others.

The museum was founded in 1998 as a non-profit enterprise of public interest in a fort at Al Samriya Farm. Constructed of local stone with traditional turrets, the building itself is an exhibit. Interestingly, while giving a glimpse into the country’s history, the museum also allows visitors to get a look into the life of Sheikh Faisal. His globetrotting is displayed through eclectic pieces from over four continents. This intensely personal collection is a journey through place and time, which Sheikh Faisal welcomes local and international visitors to share.

The 15 halls in the museum accommodate over 15,000 artifacts, all collected by Sheikh Faisal over 50 years. Collections have sub-classifications guaranteed to delight visitors. These include treasures of Arabic manuscripts, fine arts, fossils, prehistoric figurines, scriptures, vintage cars, Islamic textiles, and rare coins as well as the world's largest private collection of items related to the military. 

Top 5 things that make the museum unique

1. A mind-blowing 700 carpets:

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The carpet museum has 700 carpets on display from all over the world. Diligently hand-woven rugs and Sheikh Faisal’s exclusive acquisitions are there for all to see -- all in immaculate condition. The patterns, threads, and dyes of the carpets cover centuries and continents, among the finest in the world.

2. An astonishing 600 vehicles

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The museum’s car collection is breath-taking. Qatar has a passion for cars of all types, and visitors can be regaled by the astonishing 600 vehicles on display. Unbelievably, all are in working condition and not just lying on the museum floor like a lump of metal. Sheikh Faisal, also known for his willingness to share, regularly loans out vehicles from the collection to motor shows and for display. Trucks, convertibles, limousines, and even steam cars, give vehicles a ride through motoring history. Needless to say, the vehicles are immaculately maintained and in pristine condition.

3. Qatari heritage

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In 2010, as part of the 'Qatar Capital of Culture' activities, the museum was selected by Qatar’s Ministry of Art, Culture, and Heritage as one of the country's cultural landmarks. You'll find various items deeply-rooted in Qatari culture such as pearling equipment, dhows, and traditional Bedouin handicrafts.

4. Coins and currencies

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At the museum, on display are ancient currencies and silver and gold coins used during and before the advent of Islam in the Middle East. Currencies of other countries are also on display.

5.Islamic art

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Islamic art is displayed in eight halls of the museum. One hall is dedicated to Islamic textiles, one for Islamic manuscripts, a hall for Islamic paintings, and one that highlights the verses of the Holy Quran.


The museum provides guided tours for the benefit of visitors in Arabic and English. French, German, Urdu, and Hindi guided tours can be availed on special request. Groups and families can benefit from the tours. Contact the reception desk for guides or email

The museum also offers a learning experience and is committed to nurturing the study of Qatari cultural heritage for future generations to adopt and appreciate. It's a popular destination for school field-trips, as students get to lean a lot about Qatari culture and the museum encourages these visits. 


Located roughly 20 km from Education City, up the Dukhan Highway, to get theredrive along the highway until you see a white sign on the side of the road (to the right) with a  U-Turn arrow. The museum is to the left.

Google Map: Sheikh Faisal Museum

Contact Details

Phone: (+974) 4486-1444
Fax: (+974) 4486-2555
Address: Al Samriya, 22 km west of Doha, just beyond Mall of Qatar

Opening Hours


9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Monday - Thursday:

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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