Tareq Rajab Museum, Kuwait

There is nothing more exciting like getting completely submerged in history and transported back in time by visiting a rich museum. The Tareq Rajab Museum, one of Kuwait's small-scale distinct personal museums, is a fantastic place to engage and enjoy here in Kuwait.

It houses a collection of over 30,000 items collected over the last 50 years, of which approximately 10,000 are on permanent display. Tareq Sayed Rajab was the first Kuwaiti to be sent abroad to study art and archaeology. While a student in the United Kingdom, he met his future wife, Jehan Wellborne, who from her childhood was interested in folklore and particularly the arts and life of exotic peoples and minorities. They got married in 1955 and after their return to Kuwait; Mr. Rajab was appointed as the first Director of the Department of Antiquities and Museums of Kuwait.

He resigned from his post in 1969 and together with his wife opened the New English School for Kuwaiti and foreign children. By then they were already involved in collecting material for a future Museum of their own. They travelled all over the Islamic world and beyond to Central and South-East Asia and the Far East, collecting artefacts and photographing monuments, peoples, their customs, everything they believed could be used and exhibited in a museum. As a result of their hard work and research, they were able to open the Museum to the public in 1980.

The Museum is divided into two parts: in Area A, calligraphy, manuscripts, miniatures, ceramics, metalwork, glass, jade-, wood- and stone-carvings are exhibited. Area B contains objects which were produced in the Islamic world during the last ca. 250 years, i.e. costumes, textiles, jewelry and musical instruments. It is located in Al-Jabriya superb near Al-Hadi Hospital. Opening hours are from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00. Friday mornings only. The entrance ticket is KD 2.