There is nothing like losing yourself in a museum and being completely submerged in history. The Tareq Rajab Museum- one of Kuwait’s distinct personal small-scale museums is a great place to lose yourself at in Kuwait.
The original Tareq Rajab Museum was opened in the 1980's by Taraq Sayed Rajab and his wife Jehan Wellborne. Tareq Sayed Rajab and his wife are avid collectors of historical artifacts which branch out into textiles, ceramics, costumes and calligraphy pieces, to count a few.
Originally a private art collection, the Tareq Rajab Museum houses a collection of over thirty thousand items collected by this dynamic couple over the last fifty years, 10 thousand of which are now on permanent display. The museum contains calligraphy, pottery, metalwork, glass, wood, carvings costumes, textiles, embroideries and jewelry of the Islamic world.
Since then, the museum has expanded by adding two new buildings to the museum in Jabriya, the area where the first museumwas opened. The two new additions are Dar Al-Cid and Dar Jehan also known as the Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Calligraphy.
Dar Al-Cid is an exhibition hall that promotes art and culture through lectures and showcases of international as well as local art. Dar Jehan on the other hand is a museum that aims to trace and educate goers about the development of the Arabic Script through time, with the scripts on display dating back from the 7th century up to the present day.
All galleries are open to the public free of charge from 9am to noon, and from 4pm to 7pm, however on Fridays they are only open in the morning.
For information on any of the Tareq Rajab Museums you can visit their website here http://trmkt.com/.
– Teagirl. Images: Tareq Rajab Museum http://www.trmkt.com/