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On the Move


On the move


On the move: Reframing Nomadic Pastoralism explores the lives of nomadic and semi-nomadic pastoralists across three distinct regions: Central Sahara, Qatar, and Mongolia.

The exhibition explores how these groups have created and maintained rich and meaningful social lives while producing complex and beautiful cultural forms in challenging environments.

On the Move features a rich selection of objects, historical images, and archival footage from the collections of the National Museum of Qatar and other Qatar Museums’ Collections, along with loans from international museums including the National Museum of Mongolia, Musée du Quai Branly, and Weltmuseum Vienna, among other institutions.

The exhibition is curated by Prof. Lila Abu-Lughod (Department of Anthropology, Columbia University); Tania Al Majid (Associate Curator of Social History and Ethnography, National Museum of Qatar); Faisal Al Naimi (Director of Archaeology, Qatar Museums); Dr. Haya Al Thani (Director of Curatorial Affairs, National Museum of Qatar); Dr. Anja Fischer (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna); and Dr. Elizabeth Turk (Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge).

Opening Hours

27 October 2022 – 7 January 2023

Tickets to our museums and exhibitions are free for residents of Qatar and GCC countries (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait) with valid ID, and for all children 16 and under.

Tickets for all others are QAR 100 unless otherwise indicated.

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