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Welcome to the Reimagined MIA

The museum is now open following a facilities enhancement project and the reimagination and reinstallation of its permanent collection galleries.

As part of the project, more than 1,000 objects – many newly conserved or acquired – will be displayed in the Museum’s permanent galleries for the first time, alongside the masterpieces for which MIA has long been recognized.

The reimagining of the collection galleries introduces a comprehensive visitor trail, creates expanded interpretive materials to help contextualise the masterworks and provides new mobile and child-friendly resources to make the museum more accessible for families and younger guests.

The galleries will be organised according to broad historical and cultural themes, periods and geography, and will explore the great traditions of Islamic craftsmanship. MIA will also introduce a new section on Islam in Southeast Asia and focus on the connection between different cultures through exhibits on the trade of commodities and the exchange of ideas across the Islamic World and beyond.

We are excited for locals to have a chance to rediscover the museum, and we invite visitors who are coming to attend World Cup matches to experience this foremost expression of our heritage and culture.

Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Al Thani, Chairperson, Qatar Museums

The newly created “Family Trail” is a key component of the gallery refurbishment to engage young visitors on topics that relate to their own lives and experiences. Utilising new technologies, interactive displays and multi-sensory applications further engage visitors of all ages throughout the museum.

Adding to the visitor experience, and complementing the many incredible artefacts and artworks on display, guests will encounter images and films of different architecture and sites from the Middle East, listen to the Holy Qurʾan and Arabic and Persian poetry, as well as music from al-Andalus; they can learn about the different fragrances of herbs and spices that travelled long distances across the Islamic world; and will be able to get a sense of the different materials and decorations used in the arts over time.

This enhancement will benefit generations of visitors, providing an even more meaningful experience and allowing guests to explore the rich vast history of the Islamic World as told through our unparalleled collection.

Dr Julia Gonnella, Director, MIA

The enhanced and expanded experience will allow the museum to welcome a larger audience, with a reframed entrance and upgraded cafés and retail locations. All improvements to the building are in keeping with I.M. Pei’s vision. Throughout the reinstallation process, MIA once again collaborated with Wilmotte & Associés, the French interior design and architecture firm first retained by I.M. Pei.

To celebrate MIA’s reopening, Qatar Museums and Thames & Hudson have co-published the beautifully illustrated 500+ page catalogue dedicated to the history and collection of the Museum of Islamic Art.

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