National Museum of Kuwait

In “Acquiring Modernity,” Farah al-Nakib writes that, “the first Kuwait National Museum was established in 1957 by Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in what used to be the Diwan of Sheikh Khaz’al, the former ruler of Muhammerah. In 1960, Kuwait launched an architectural competition for the design of its second National Museum. In 1961, French architect Michel Ecochard won, but his design was never completed until 1983. The design, though is internationally recognized as his masterpiece, is however, locally stigmatized and perceived as faulty.” Sadly, during the 1990 Invasion, the museum was severely damaged and looted. The Hall of Archaeology is quite small, but really neat if you’re interested in the pre-Islamic history of Kuwait.

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