Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, Qatar
Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum is one of the most unique museums in the Middle East and one of the biggest private museums in the World. It features a fascinating collection of more than 15,000 exhibits covering a spectrum of artefacts, manuscripts, figurines, and vehicles; to name a few, which made it one of Qatar's cultural landmarks.
Established in 1998 in the grand Qatari fort at Al Samriya farm 20 km from Education City up Al-Dukhan highway, Sheikh Faisal Museum with its unique, magnificent exterior attracts people from allover the World. Sheikh Faisal who is the founder of the museum is one of the Middle East's most prominent business leaders who had the dedication and passion in collecting art and artifacts of global importance.
The rare and precious pieces of collections epitomize the travels that the Sheikh has taken across several countries over the last 50 years. Sheikh Faisal's steady eye for tradition, culture, history and legitimacy particularly in preserving Islamic and Qatari custom, is evidently established within the museum's exceptional collections.
This museum is a priceless resource for researchers, academicians and schools, as well as a day-tripper destination in its own right. Four themed collections have been gathered; Qatar heritage, Islamic art, coins and currency and old vehicles including thousands of pieces from all the continents. Each collection has other sub classifications making the Museum a treasure trove of Arabic manuscripts, fine arts, unique fossils, prehistoric figurines, scriptures, vintage cars, Islamic textiles, rare coins, as well as the World's largest private collection of military objects and equipment.
Near the central courtyard, on the outside of the main museum, there are several other rooms with dedicated themes such as fossil rooms, textile rooms etc. The visitors may get surprised to see a peacock farm and a horse stable inside the museum premises. Horse riding lessons for adults and children are offered by highly-qualified instructors and qualified visitors also have the chance to go horse riding on their own.
The extensive vehicle collection comprises of a historic steam car from the latter part of the 19th century, 1940s Desoto models, valuable Ford T models, Buick models from first half of 20th century and Dodge service vehicles.
Some of the highlights in the museum are a wooden confessional, a complete house from Damascus old town, the Buick 1938 model, a fossilized head of dinosaur, an old model aero plane, vintage Formula 1 car, a 2 cm Holy Quran, etc.
The visitors need a guide to show the museum around which takes 3 hours minimum. It opens from 9:00 to 18:00, closes Fridays and in public holidays. The entrance is free.