The National Museum of Qatar has officially opened its doors today.

ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño has carried out the design, development and execution of 149 interactive and audiovisual productions that form part of the narrative of the museum’s permanent collection.

The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) has opened to the public today, March 28, 2019. The Museum was officially inaugurated yesterday under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño (APD) was the company selected by Qatar Museums to produce 149 audiovisual and interactive installations, which form part of the narrative of the museum’s permanent collection.

The National Museum of Qatar invites visitors to immerse themselves in a unique and innovative experience that combines portraits of the history, geography and culture of the country and give voice to its unique story and its people from earliest times to the present day and onwards towards its future.

The exhibition is organised in three themes – Beginnings, Life in Qatar, and Building the Nation -, each one is presented across eleven individual galleries spread over 1.5km, which offer interactive learning environments and an attractive narrative that serve as a knowledge base and encourage cultural understanding of the country.

APD is responsible for the management and general coordination of the work related to the design, production, installation and commissioning of 149 audiovisual and interactive installations inside the museum. To do so, APD has shot images and interviews that have been combined with over 5,000 images to contextualize and archive the historic, geographical, economic and social development of Qatar.

The National Museum of Qatar, which was designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, has an area of 40,000 m2, of which, about 8,000 m2 will be used for the permanent exhibition and another 2,000 m2 for temporary exhibitions, all surrounded by a 112,000 m2 garden. In addition, it has an auditorium with seating for 220 spectators, a research centre, laboratories, two restaurants, a cafeteria and shops.

The building’s design is inspired by a desert rose, a rock that is formed after the union of several layers of plaster, water and sand, which the French architect has used as a link between the Bedouin culture and modernity, as well as a natural element that facilitates the integration of the building with its environment.

Photo credit: Iwan Baan