By Andrea Romano
March 04, 2019
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After two years of delays, history lovers in the Middle East now have a brand new, beautiful museum to visit.

The new National Museum of Qatar will open in Doha on March 28, CNN reported. With 11 galleries, the new museum will present from 700 million years of Qatari history, organized in three chronological chapters, according to The Art Newspaper.

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The museum’s most impressive features include the restored palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, as well as the Pearl Carpet of Baroda, which is embroidered with more than 1.5 million Gulf pearls, and works by Qatari artists Ali Hassan and Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani, and Iraqi artist Ahmed Al Bahrani, The Art Newspaper reported.

But perhaps just as fascinating as the artifacts in the museum is the museum itself. The $434-million building was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, who also designed the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is also a particularly unique place to visit — a strikingly gorgeous modern building completely surrounded by water.

The Qatar museum is more like a smattering of 76,000 disc panels, intersecting at different angles like a sort of futuristic puzzle. According to CNN, Nouvel was inspired by “desert rose” crystal clusters that form in the desert in Qatar.

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In the courtyard of the museum, French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel designed an installation of 114 fountains with water streams designed to mimic the flow of Arabic calligraphy, according to The Art Newspaper. Guests can also marvel at an original rock sculpture, Gates of the Sea, by Syrian artist Simone Fattal, that was inspired by the petroglyphs at Al Jassasiya.

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In addition to the gorgeous architecture and fascinating features, the museum also has its own shop, cafés and restaurants, as well as a 220-seat auditorium.

Planning a visit to Qatar? The country is also filled with even more places to visit, including the Museum of Islamic Art, which is also one of the most beautiful museums in the world.

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