Qatar Museums (QM) has rolled out several digital resources to allow virtual access to its collections and institutions, while its individual museums remain closed at present due to the the pandemic.
Netizens can explore the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, showcasing modern and contemporary Arab art, via the Google Arts & Culture platform. Elsewhere, the Mathaf Encyclopedia of Modern Art and the Arab World provides free in-depth, peer-reviewed essays and biographies on modern and contemporary artists from North Africa, Asia and Middle East.
Also available is a 360-degree tour of the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), housing a collection spanning some 1,400 years, accessible via Google Arts & Culture and on the MIA website. The museum also offers learning and engagement activities for children, families and adults on its social media platforms and website including MIA Storytime, games, puzzles, instructional art, video tours and DIY art projects.
Furthermore, M7 – QM’s new hub for fashion, design and technology startups – is offering a biweekly series of online coaching sessions by leaders in the fields of fashion and design, intended to guide and encourage aspiring Qatari designers. Although Covid-19 has delayed the full inauguration of M7, these online coaching sessions, which goes live every Thursday and Saturday on the M7 Instagram account (@M7.qatar) at 18.00 (GMT +3), will provide ongoing inspiration and support.
Through Google Arts & Culture, guests can also explore the collections of the Jean Nouvel-designed National Museum of Qatar, including an array of archaeological and heritage objects, such as the renowned Pearl Carpet of Baroda, embroidered with more than 1.5 million of the highest quality Gulf pearls and adorned with emeralds, diamonds, and sapphires.
Meanwhile, the Qatar Children’s Museum, currently under development by QM, is hosting daily workshops in English and Arabic on its Instagram account (@childrensmuseum.qa) that families can participate in using everyday materials found in their home. The sessions invite families to incorporate playing and learning into their daily routine, and engage with the museum’s staff who will be present to facilitate the sessions live.