One of the Courtyards of Msheireb Museums
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Hope you had a great vacation especially here in the Middle East as the Eid Al Fitr are celebrated at least one week (for Qatar it is 11 days especially in the government sector). I hope you had been recharged and ready for another chapter.
OK back to our regular programming. You will ask where did I spend my holidays. Well just before the holidays ended. I visited on of the hidden gems in Doha. It is tuck away on the bustling side of Souq Waqif and only very few knew this place. I am talking about Msheireb Museums.
Msheireb Downtown Doha
Msheireb Downtown Doha (Just in-front of Bin Jelmood House)
Location Map of Msheireb Museums (Photo by Msheireb Museums)
Located at the heart of the newly redeveloped Msheireb Downtown Doha. This museum is not an ordinary museum. It is composed of 4 Houses that has its own story. These houses are well-preserved to its own identity to show the locals, residents, and tourist the historical background of this district – Msheireb District. These houses are Bin Jelmood House, The Company House, Radwani House and lastly the Mohammed Bin Jassim House. You will see what stories are behind these houses and you will surely try and visit them in the future.
Bin Jelmood House
Front Side of Bin Jelmood House
This house is composed of two parts; Awareness of Slavery and Qatar’s quest in exploring the DNA of its citizen.
At first, the feeling is eerie as it shows the historical background of why there is slavery exist. This part it lets you travel back in time which tells the stories how Slavery spread to the world for the past thousands of years. While I explore all the exhibitions in this part of the house. It gives me a feeling of hate, as well as awareness that this practice is a common sight in every part of the world. The good part of these exhibitions is that everyone will raise awareness and for our part to stop the practice of slavery. Qatar also showcases here how they help to stop slavery.
On the later part of touring the house is that Qatar is pioneering the trend on how DNA can discover new treatments as well the historical background of its citizen. Below are some images that connect Qatar’s rich heritage and culture to its quest for researching through DNA.
The Company House
The Company House - Sponsored by Qatar Shell
This house tells the story of Qatar’s first ever oil company, the discovery of oil in the western part of the country and the Men who help to discover the oil. The men who started the company that will become the biggest exporter of oil and liquefied natural gas. The house is sponsored by Qatar Shell.
The house showcases a mini cinema which tells the stories of early men who worked so hard to discover the very first oil in Dukhan. They tell true to life stories about the hardships, loneliness away from the family and how they have been part of the first oil company in Qatar. Also on display are the historical timeline of oil discovery in Qatar, some sample pieces of equipment used during oil exploration as well as the real testimonies of men behind the oil exploration in Qatar.
The Radwani House - showcases the modern lives of Qataris
The oldest house every built between the district of Msheireb and Al-Jasrah. The oldest known residential quarters of Old Doha. This house was built in the 1920s. Today, it has been restored to showcase the traditional Qatari family life. It gathers, preserves and share the memories of olden days here in Qatar.
Part of the exhibition is the excavation works carried out by the archaeologists who visited the location before they start the renovation and preservation of Radwani House. This considers the very first archeological digs in the center of the city. They have uncovered some pieces of history which give clues the early daily life of Qataris in this district. Also on display are the common things as well as which is the look of their rooms living before. Check out some photos below
Mohammed Bin Jassim House
Front Side of Mohammed Bin Jassim House
This is the house built by Sheikh Mohammed bin Jassim Al-Thani, who was the son of the founder of modern Qatar. It is the heritage house that showcases the modern Doha and how Msheireb evolves to one of the important districts of today. It demonstrates the evolution of Msheireb district into a bustling market and financial place. It shows the first every built bank, first hotel in the district as well as the first pharmacy and café. There is also a video room where you can watch and hear the stories of former residents who as well shop owners in this bustling district. Personally, I recall the street name Al Kahraba which we mostly visited in the early 2000s which is also part of Msheireb district. This place where all the expat converged before to buy some clothes, electronics as well as to eat and hangout. Life before the malls sprouted around Doha.
So Guys, check this out this weekend and you too will learn how the Old Doha particularly evolved and to learn about Msheireb district.
Hope you enjoy reading my blog. As always, this is Travel with Macoy and we always say Let’s Eat and Travel! See you around!
Location: Msheireb Properties, opposite Souq Waqif
Timings: Sunday: Closed
Monday to Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Entrance Fee: Free!