Kuwait National Museum

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Kuwait National Museum
متحف الكويت الوطني
LocationKuwait City Kuwait
Al Muhallab, an historic dhow at Kuwait National Museum

The Kuwait National Museum is the national museum of Kuwait, located in Kuwait City. It was established in 1983 and designed by architect Michel Ecochard.[1]

The museum comprises five buildings set around a central garden, their organization is parallel to the architectural plan of the vernacular Arab mud house with its central courtyard. The main buildings are connected to each other with elevated walkways. Ecochard explains that the grouping of those buildings corresponds to knowledge of the Arabian peninsula, its geography, its history and its civilization.[2]

As of 2014, the museum was described as "underused and overlooked."[3]


  1. ^ ArchNet Digital Library Archived 2009-01-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Ecochard, Michel."The National Museum of Kuwait”. In Places of Public Gathering in Islam, edited by Linda Safran. Philadelphia: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 1980.
  3. ^ Gonzales, Desi (November–December 2014). "Acquiring Modernity: Kuwait at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition". Art Papers. Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America: Art Papers. Retrieved January 11, 2015.

Coordinates: 29°22′23″N 47°58′0″E / 29.37306°N 47.96667°E / 29.37306; 47.96667