All you need to know about Qatar Museums’ Culture Pass

All you need to know about Qatar Museums’ Culture Pass

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

Qatar’s art, history, and culture scene, over the years, has catapulted fine arts into the limelight. Qatar Museums (QM) has played a pivotal role in the country’s heritage, as a result of which, the community has a greater appreciation for artists and innovators. As a cultural instigator, the institution frequently organizes art exhibits, galleries, cultural experiences, public installations, archeology restoration projects, publications, and open calls across its museums. The Qatar Museums’ Culture Pass membership is a step in the direction of enabling more culture enthusiasts to benefit from Qatar’s rich art scene.

Here’s all you need to know about the Culture Pass membership offered by Qatar Museums:

What is the Culture Pass?

Culture Pass memberships are exclusive programs tailored by Qatar Museums to offer patrons a direct window into the local culture and arts scene. While residents already enjoy a certain level of exposure to the museums’ offerings at a zero or nominal fee, getting the culture pass elevates the experience by offering unlimited admission to talks, tours, and workshops by QM. Members are also provided year-round access to special discounts at QM’s cafes, kiosks, and gift shops. Most of the Culture Pass plans are applicable for adults as well as kids.

The different Culture Pass plans

The Culture Pass plans are of five different membership tiers and they are as follows:

Culture Pass Basic

This is the most basic membership tier and allows you to become a part of the QM family for free. You get notifications for the latest news, event updates, and programs from QM.

Additionally, you get a set discount for most of their shops, cafes, and kiosks. You also get their special Culture Pass members newsletter via email.

  • 10% discount each at QM’s cafes and kiosks, JIWAN (dinner only), gift shops, IN-Q online store, IN-Q catering, and Cass Art Qatar. It is valid for one person only.

 Join here.

Price: FREE!

 

Culture Pass Plus

The plus membership is ideal for all art enthusiasts and frequent visitors to the museums and galleries. Availing this membership gives exclusive access to QM’s events, workshops, talks, and tours. There’s free unlimited admission into museums and permanent galleries and exhibitions.

An email newsletter is also sent to inform about exclusive news and updates for Culture Pass members and QM events. The discounts on shops, kiosks, and cafes are higher than what the basic membership offers. Valid for one person only.

  • 10% discount on Doha Film Institute events and activities
  • 15% discount at QM cafes and kiosks
  • 20% discount on IN-Q catering
  • 25% discount each on Cass Art Qatar, Jiwan (dinner), gift shops and IN-Q online store.

Join here.

Price: QAR 200 per year

 

Culture Pass Family

The Culture Pass Family membership is ideal for a family to use collectively and is applicable to up to 6 people including 2 adults and up to 4 kids. More kids up to a total of 8 kids can be added to this scope by paying an additional QAR 50 to the main annual plan. This membership tier offers the same benefits as the Plus membership, but for more than one person.

This includes an email newsletter, free unlimited admission to galleries and museums, and access to all the below discounts.

  • 10% discount on Doha Film Institute events and activities
  • 15% discount at QM cafes and kiosks
  • 20% discount on IN-Q catering
  • 25% discount each on Cass Art Qatar, Jiwan (dinner), gift shops, and IN-Q online store.

Join here.

Price: QAR 350 per year

 

Culture Pass Student

Culture Pass student is ideal for all students. This membership tier gives the same benefits as the free membership along with access to Qatar Museums’ news and updates from the Learning and Outreach team. Students also receive the email newsletter specifically curated for Culture Pass Students. The same 10% discounts apply on Jiwan (dinner), Cass Art Qatar, gift shops, kiosks, IN-Q catering, and IN-Q online store. Join here.

Price: FREE!

 

Culture Pass Teacher

Culture Pass student is ideal for all teachers who wish to expand their knowledge and connect with like-minded individuals who are passionate about teaching. This membership tier gives the same benefits as the free membership along with access to Qatar Museums’ news and updates from the Learning and Outreach team. Teachers also receive the email newsletter specifically curated for Culture Pass teachers. The same 10% discounts apply on Jiwan (dinner), Cass Art Qatar, gift shops, kiosks, IN-Q catering, and IN-Q online store. Join here.

Price: FREE!

 

Culture Pass programs—what are they?

In addition to museums and galleries, Qatar Museums also holds short-term and long-term programs and workshops that invite the local community into the nitty-gritties of art, archeology, architecture, and culture. Here are some of the Culture Pass programs that Culture Pass members can participate in:

Atharna:

These are month-long talks, activities, and expert-guided tours on archeology that is local to Qatari heritage. Atharna is accessible to Culture pass Plus or Family members. The archeological sites include Al Zubarah, Al Jassasiya, Murwab, and Ruwaida Gardens.

 

Fannek:

Culture pass Plus and Family members get access to Fannek, which is a month-long series of programs that delves into public art such as public installations and sculptures, which are crucial to art expression in Qatar. Members can attend guided tours, workshops, and talks. Art tours include places such as Qatar Foundation, Katara, National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), Richard Sierra’s iconic sculptures.

 

Marchitecture:

Annually, this program presents a lineup of events that focus on celebrating architecture and urban design in Qatar. Marchitecture’s spotlight is on Qatar’s beautiful architecture through various tours, workshops, and guided events. Accessible to Culture Pass Plus and Family members.

 

Mathafek:

The Mathafek program allows Plus and Family members an insider’s view into the inner workings of the museums and galleries. Members can get access to gain an understanding of how exhibits are set up; teams are assembled; priceless artifacts are maintained and preserved; behind-the-scenes tours; and how to become a museum professional/guardian/art collector/curator.

 

Menthaar:

The word meaning ‘taking a closer look’, Menthaar allows Plus and Family members to participate in QM’s projects that span educational, environmental, cultural, and historical projects, in preparation for the future. Visitors can explore themes such as Qatari heritage, wildlife, sustainable architecture, fashion & sustainability, health & well-being, national legacy, oil industry through the museums’ talks/webinars/tours.

 

Additional discounts

Which museums/galleries does it apply to?

The Culture Pass (depending on the membership tier availed) applies to the following places:

  • National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ)
  • Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
  • Museum of Islamic Arts (MIA)
  • M7
  • QM Gallery at Katara
  • Al Riwaq Doha Exhibition Space
  • 3-2-1 Sports Museum (opening soon)
  • Doha Fire Station
  • Public art installations, temporary exhibits, and QM’s archeological sites

Why should you get the Culture Pass?

Here’s why you must get the Culture Pass:

  1. You get to know the latest in the country’s art and culture scene
  2. You get access to several fun events and workshops
  3. Art, history, and culture play an equally important role in educating inquisitive children so the pass is the ideal way to introduce your kids to the concept.
  4. Engage in a sense of community spirit when you participate in guided tours and workshops
  5. Connect with like-minded art enthusiasts.

 

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