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National Museum

The Kuwait National Museum is the national museum of Kuwait, located in Kuwait City. It is designed by architect Michel Ecochard.

History of National Museum

The establishment of a national museum in Kuwait underwent various stages and transformations. Initially, Sheikh Ahmed Al Jabber’s house served as the museum’s first location. However, following archaeological discoveries on Failaka Island, the need arose for a dedicated Department for Antiquity and Museums. This department acquired an old residence belonging to a Kuwaiti family and converted it into the country’s first National Museum.

Although the concept of the museum was conceived as early as the 1960s by Michel Ecochard, it wasn’t until 1986 that it opened its doors to the public. The museum was organized into four blocks, with three blocks allocated for permanent exhibitions and the fourth block designated for administrative offices and an auditorium.

The museum’s collection offers visitors a glimpse into Kuwait’s rich history and its deep-rooted heritage. From the art collection of the Al-Sabah family to the displays of traditional dhows and archaeological findings from Failaka, the exhibits showcase the complexity and significance of Kuwait’s past. These collections serve as vital components of the museum, allowing the Kuwaiti populace to connect with their nation’s illustrious history.

While one block of the museum houses administrative offices and the auditorium, the remaining three blocks are dedicated to exhibitions. Sloped pathways connect the blocks, offering tourists and visitors a comprehensive view of the displayed collections. Like many other institutions in Kuwait, the Kuwait National Museum faced significant damage during the Iraqi invasion. However, following the liberation, the museum underwent extensive restoration efforts and was fully rehabilitated.

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