Qatar Museums announced on Sunday, 27 February 2022, that under the patronage of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum will open to the public on 31 March 2022. A member of the Olympic Museums Network (OMN), 3-2-1 will be one of the world’s most innovative and technologically advanced museums dedicated to sports.
The museum will offer an unforgettable and inspiring interactive journey through the history and legacy of sports around the globe and the Olympic Games. Through its participatory spaces and programming, 3-2-1 aims to inspire and engage its community and encourage the public to take part in sports and physical activity.
Designed by Spanish architect Joan Sibina, the museum is approximately 19,000 square metres—making it one of the largest of its kind—and is built onto Khalifa International Stadium, part of Qatar’s Aspire Zone Foundation. The Stadium, originally constructed in 1976, will host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayasa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums stated:
“The opening of the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum alongside the FIFA congress is a symbol of the importance of sports in Qatar National Vision 2030. The museum belongs to the Olympic Museums Network, and is a legacy project of the Doha Asian Games 2006.”
H.E. Sheikha Al Mayasa added:
“The 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum comes after Qatar’s outstanding performance at the Tokyo Olympics, and just before we host the World Cup in November 2022. Culture and sports are two sides of the same coin, and there is no better time to celebrate our nation's investments in both Culture and Sports. Two pillars that also support Qatar’s investments in Education and Health.”
“The opening promises to celebrate the Qatari athletes with the world; a testament of the leadership of His Highness the Emir in focusing on developing people in all fields.”
The Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage (OFCH) Director and Olympic Museum Network (OMN) Chair Angelita Teo said:
“Having the brand new 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum join the Olympic Movement in promoting the Olympic Games and Olympic Values is a great source of excitement. I send my best wishes to the management and operating teams for the culmination of this ambitious project, and I hope to visit it in the near future.”
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani, President, 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum said:
“We will be opening the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum at an incredible moment in the history of sports within our own nation as Qatar prepares to welcome more than a million tourists for the FIFA World Cup. These visitors may speak a myriad of languages but understand sports to be a universal dialect that promotes camaraderie among people and nations. This sentiment is evident throughout the Museum, which brings together sports, figures, and iconic moments from all different areas of the world. We are especially excited to share with our visitors the history of traditional sports in our region and the development of Qatar as a destination for international sporting events.”
The Museum’s unique exhibits and remarkable collection present the role of sports as one of the most significant cultural developments, the history and contemporary significance of the Olympic Games, the stories of sporting heroes around the world, and the inspiring story of the development of sports in Qatar, and explore the massive impact of mega-events hosted by Qatar in recent decades.
The interactive experiences in 3-2-1’s “Activation Zone” will promote sports across Qatar, inspire future talent, and encourage the adoption of healthy and active lifestyles for all. 3-2-1 comprises seven gallery spaces housing objects from around the globe, from the origins of sports to the present day. The galleries–organised under the direction of Kevin Moore, PhD, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs–include:
The Museum comprises two buildings: the main structure that follows the arc of the Stadium, and an attached round access building inspired by the Olympic rings.
Khalifa International Stadium is part of Aspire Zone, also known as Doha Sports City, a 250-hectare (2.5 km) sporting complex located in Baaya district of Doha that also includes the Aspire Academy for Qatar’s youth, Hamad Aquatic Centre, Aspire Tower, and Doha’s largest park, Aspire Park.
The café and restaurant at 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum are operated by the JW Marriott with the menu concepts designed by Chef Consultant Tom Aikens, a UK-born Michelin-star chef and avid marathon runner. The 3-2-1 Café, located on the first floor of the Museum, offers visitors tasty, wholesome, freshly made food and drink options as well as takeaway offerings.
The restaurant, Naua, is located on the fourth floor of the Museum. Named after the Arabic word for the nucleus of the seed, the restaurant promotes mindful, healthy eating. The menu offers refined dishes made from high-quality, seasonal ingredients. This casual fine-dining restaurant is set to become Doha’s premier destination for diners who seek the ultimate fusion of the healthy and the gourmet.
The main gift shop, located on the Museum’s second floor, offers visitors a wide range of exclusive merchandise inspired by the legacy of sport and the Olympic Games. Visitors can browse and buy a wide range of sportswear and apparel that showcase the positive value of sport and its significance to sports culture within Qatar and beyond. From local football team kits to vintage Olympic poster prints, there is something for all ages to enjoy.
The museum has collaborated with the International Physical Literacy Association to develop a National Physical Literacy Journey aimed at encouraging the community to adopt a healthy lifestyle and engage in physical activities. 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum has partnered with Accessible Qatar, a Doha-based advocacy group that supports promoting Qatar as an accessible destination, to ensure that its facilities are fully accessible.
Generous support has been provided by the Qatar Olympic Committee, Aspire Zone Foundation, Supreme Committee of Legacy and Delivery and OMN (Olympic Museums Network).
The opening of 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum is sponsored by Ooredoo.
Source: Qatar Museums Press Release
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