The museum will be the first notable building visitors see as they make their way to the city centre. New National Museum resembles giant desert rose – formation of crystal clusters of gypsum or baryte which can be formed in deserts
New museum was built on the basis of the palace of the Qatari Sheikh - one of the most famous architectural monuments of the city. The palace is surrounded by 76,000 rose-petals in 3,600 different shapes and sizes. These petals are not just decorations; they also form galleries and courtyard - additional space for cultural events. Moreover those petals which were built instead of pillars protect from sunlight.
Its entrance includes 114 fountain sculptures in a 900-metre long lagoon. The museum is designed as a free-form space, in a way that does not include doors, and is meant to offer visitors a fluid experience as you move smoothly through time: from one historical period to another. Museum maintains 11 galleries with exhibitions of art, archaeological artifacts and fauna of Qatar. Here are an audience of 220 seats, a laboratory, a research center, office space, shops and restaurants.
Sheikha Amna bint Abdulaziz bin Jassim Al Thani, director of NMoQ, Sheikha al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the head of the Qatar Museums Authority and French architect Jean Nouvel during a media tour of the new National Museum of Qatar.