Sunday, December 28, 2008

Tareq Rajab Museum

A couple of weeks ago I visited the Tareq Rajab Museum in Jabriya. I've been hearing about it for a long time now but have always postponed visiting this place. On a recent trip to Dubai I read about Mr. Rajab and his love for collecting artifacts and how it grew into this massive collection. The article sparked my interest and I decided to visit it as soon as I got a day off.

Its not that difficult to find , its in the same block as the Iranian School and New English School. Photography is strictly prohibited so the only picture I have is of the front entrance, but believe me you have to see it for yourself ! To think that an individual could painstakingly create such a huge collection boggles the mind ! There are many priceless antiques neatly labled and displayed in the various sections that include jewellery, traditional costumes, artwork, pottery and my favorite; weapons.

If you stay in Kuwait a visit to this museum is a must !

You can find additional information on their website (which also has a location map)

Tareq Rajab Museum [link]
Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Calligraphy [link]

I also found out that they have another museum dedicated to Islamic Calligraphy. Thats a visit for another day Inshallah.



2 comments:

intlxpatr said...

Wooo HOOO on you! You found one of Kuwait's treasures. Here is what blows me away - they collect these priceless objects, display them, and then invite the public in - for FREE. They pay for the displays, they pay for the guards - they GIVE this to the public as a public service.

Friday mornings are a great time to visit the Calligraphy museum. Give yourself enough time to watch the entire movie (we have watched it three times and learn something new every time.)

Don't you love the beauty of the building, too?

Mathai said...

Yeah its a treasure alright ! I'm surprised not many people know about this place and entry is free ! i wouldn't mind going again.
Thanks for the advice I'll go to the Calligraphy museum soon.
Yes the building is pretty !

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