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MSHEIREB MUSEUMS – Exploring Qatar’s untold stories

Msheireb Museums celebrate the history of four historic heritage houses in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha. ‬Located within the oldest part of the capital, ‬they form an important part of Qatar’s national history. ‬
Msheireb Museums are an integral aspect of the inner city’s regeneration of the old commercial centre with its traditional community-based lifestyle. ‬The restoration of the four heritage ‬houses, ‬Bin Jelmood House, ‬Company House, ‬Mohammed Bin Jassim House and Radwani House, ‬into world-class museums form a vital part of the Msheireb Downtown Doha development.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


The overarching ambition of Bin Jelmood House is to raise awareness and play a pivotal role in the global abolition of human exploitation. ‬The house also showcases and pays tribute to human perseverance and acknowledges the cumulative social, ‬cultural and ‬economic contribution of formerly enslaved people to the development of human civilisations.‬The house pays tribute and acknowledges the social, cultural and economic contribution of formerly enslaved people to the development of human civilisations. The museum provides space for reflection on the story of slavery and how it has evolved into modern forms of human exploitation.‬ ‬Bin Jelmood House also provides an opportunity for visitors to make a personal commitment to joining the fight against human exploitation in all its many manifestations.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


Set within a house that was once used as the headquarters for Qatar’s first oil company, ‬this museum tells the story of the pioneering Qatari petroleum industry workers and their families, ‬who helped transform Qatar into a modern society. ‬Witness first-hand accounts of the men who laboured not just to provide for their families but also to lay the foundations for their emerging nation.‬ Undaunted by challenges and setbacks, ‬these Qatari pioneers demonstrated remarkable dedication, ‬ushering in the era of oil exploration. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


Built by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Jassim Al-Thani, ‬son of the founder of modern Qatar, ‬this heritage house addresses the past, ‬the present and the sustainable aspect on which Msheireb Downtown Doha is based. ‬The ‬museum houses the Echo Memory Art Project using objects uncovered during excavation work on the site.‬ The house demonstrates Msheireb’s traditional values as the foundations for the future development of Doha and introduces the transformation of Msheireb over time through recalling memories of its past, ‬showcasing its present and engaging visitors in the plans for the future.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


First built in the 1920s, ‬this house is located between Al-Jasrah and Msheireb, ‬two of Doha’s oldest quarters. ‬The restored house presents traditional Qatari family life and gathers, ‬preserves and shares memories of Qatar.‬Radwani House provides visitors an insight into how family life evolved in Qatar over the years. ‬The house showcases not only the manner in which it changed over time, ‬but also how domestic family life was transformed in Doha. Excavation works carried out by archaeologists at Radwani House constituted the very first archaeological digs in the centre of ‬the city. ‬These excavations have produced a number of important finds which provide some clues to the daily life during those times.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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