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Visitor Guidelines

Welcome to the Museum of Islamic Art! Please read through these practical tips to help you make the most of your visit.

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  • Tickets are available upon arrival, but you may also reserve tickets in advance to select your preferred time slot.
  • Tickets are valid for a single entry on the admission date only and may not be refunded or exchanged.
  • General admission tickets include entry to temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection galleries.
  • Groups of 25 or more visitors are requested to contact in advance to reserve a block of tickets.
  • Commercial tour operators should contact to arrange visits for their groups.

Dress Code

Out of respect for local culture, please dress modestly. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Entrance may be refused if your clothing is deemed unsuitable.

Safety and Security

  • All visitors must pass through a security check, and the museum reserves the right to inspect any bags brought onto the premises.
  • Small bags are permitted, but large bags must be stored in the closets available within the museum.
  • The museum is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.
  • Follow staff instructions for restricted or prohibited items. Check the list of restricted and prohibited items.
  • Museum staff will regulate the number of visitors in the museum and gallery spaces.
  • First aid is available onsite at the museum. Please alert a security guard if you require immediate assistance.


  • The museum's public areas are accessible to wheelchairs.
  • A limited number of wheelchairs are available at the Visitor Service desk for use within the museum.

Protect the Art

  • Please do not touch the artwork.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the galleries.
  • Sketching with regular pencils is permitted and encouraged. Coloured pencils, ink pens and markers are not allowed in the galleries.

Respect Others

  • Please show respect to others and avoid disruptive behavior.
  • Set your phone to vibrate and take calls outside the galleries.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


  • Unless otherwise noted, photography of special exhibitions, loaned artworks or artworks in the permanent collection is allowed for personal, non-commercial use using available light.
  • Tripods, selfie sticks and flash photography are not permitted.
  • For press inquiries, please email For photography or filming requests, please submit a Filming Request Form at least two weeks prior to the date you wish to film.


  • Restrooms are available on Level M and Level 1. Changing tables are available inside ladies' restrooms.
  • A men’s prayer room is available on Level 1 and a women’s prayer room is available on Level M.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available in the museum.
  • The museum offers two on-site dining options: MIA Café for light bites and beverages and Idam for contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with Arabian influences.
  • Our on-site Gift Shop offers a vast array of exclusively designed products inspired by the MIA’s collection and exhibits.

Lost and Found

If you think you have misplaced an item during your visit to the museum, please contact us at +974 44224444, send an email to

After Your Visit