The Museum of Islamic Art represents Islamic art from three continents over 1,400 years. MIA is the flagship of Qatar Museums which, under the leadership of its Chairperson H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, is transforming the State of Qatar into a cultural capital of the Middle East.

MIA sheds light on our origins to illuminate our future. Through safeguarding masterpiece collections of Islamic art and showcasing extraordinary exhibitions, MIA shares knowledge, spreading curiosity, understanding, and joy.

Our Vision

Our vision is that MIA is recognised as the centre of knowledge, dialogue and inspiration that illuminates the art of Islamic civilisations, opening minds and shaping the future.

Our Beliefs

  • Safeguarding our material culture is essential to sustaining our heritage.
  • The power of art is vital to bringing the story of our cultures to life and to creating its next chapters.
  • Sharing our knowledge about Islamic Art contributes to open minds.
  • Museums are lively spaces where learning is exciting.

Is the Museum of Islamic Art a religious institution?

MIA houses a collection of artistic objects gathered from around the Islamic world with a mission to serve the cultural, artistic and social needs of our visitors. MIA is not a religious institution however we do have prayer rooms and ablution facilities inside the museum building for all Muslim visitors.