Museums and cultural sites to reopen in Qatar from July 1

Health and safety measures will be in place

Museums and cultural sites to reopen in Qatar from July 1

Museums and cultural sites across Qatar can reopen from July 1.

Among to first to return will be the Museum of Islamic Art, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Al Zubarah, Al Jassasiya and Barzan Towers

The special exhibition Picasso’s Studios at the Doha Fire Station also will be unveiled, with with the reopening of the Garage Gallery.

The reopening is part of phase 2 of the government's gradual reopening of venues and facilities.

Qatar Museums (QM) plans to reopen the remainder of its museums in phases, while rolling out the health and safety protocols, following global standards, and carefully monitoring progress to ensure the wellbeing of staff and visitors.

Ahmad Al Namla, CEO of Qatar Museums, said, “With gratitude toward the Ministry of Public Health for its guidance, we are excited to gradually begin to welcome back the public to a number of our museums and heritage sites from July 1.

"To create a safe and comfortable environment for staff and visitors, we have put in place a robust set of health and safety measures. While the team at Qatar Museums has done extraordinary work during the pandemic to engage the public through digital initiatives, we look forward to beginning to reopen our doors. Our audiences are proud of these cultural institutions that offer not only inspiration and knowledge, but also provide gathering places for the community and space for respite, which is needed now more than ever.”

Museum gift shops will be open and cafés will offer limited service during museum opening hours. From Saturday to Thursday IDAM restaurant at MIA will operate at limited capacity for dinner service, while JIWAN at the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) will be open at limited capacity for lunch and afternoon tea. The NMoQ gift shops will also be open, though the NMoQ galleries will remain closed as the museum undergoes maintenance work.

During this initial phase, public programs, group tours and secial events will remain suspended, and QM’s playgrounds, libraries, and parks (including MIA Park) will remain closed for the first phase.

The museums and heritage sites will be open from Sunday to Thursday between 9am and 3pm. Visitors will have to buy tickets in advapnce on the QM website, present a green status on the Ehteraz virus-tracing app. Everyone will

Hand sanitiser stations will be placed throughout each venue and signage reminding people to maintain social distancing will be in place.

Interactive features, including touchscreens, will be temporarily removed, and gallery guides will be offered online only.

For more information, visit https://visit.qm.org.qa/.

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