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Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Calligraphy

One of the most beautiful buildings in Kuwait is the new – open only since March – Museum of Islamic Calligraphy in Kuwait. I am in total awe of this family, who have an eye for the history and culture of this area, collect it lovingly, and then display it – free of cost – to all who wish to visit.

The TR Museum of Islamic Calligraphy is on the same street as the Dar al Cid, where many art exhibits are held, also under the auspices of the Tareq Rajab family. It is around the corner from the Tareq Rejab Museum.

It is open every day:
Mornings 9 am – 12 noon
Afternoon 4 pm – 7 pm
Friday 9am – 12 noon

We visited recently. The museum is beautiful, and well organized. We wished only that more of the exhibits had explanations; sometimes we would be looking at something very beautiful, but we didn’t know the significance of what we were seeing.

The calligraphy is manifest in hangings, ancient Qurans, quiltings, posters and carved wood. Each item is a work of art. We were fascinated by some of the Chinese calligraphy, and by the video they run showing how calligraphic quills are made, how the paper is prepared, even how the calligrapher prepares for work.

This is the entry to the Museum of Islamic Calligraphy:


Some examples of the beautiful works on display:




If you are looking for books about Kuwait, and/or Islamic Arts, the Tareq Rajab Museum has a well stocked little shop with books, cards, postcards, etc. for reasonable prices.

We take all our houseguests to these museums, and every time we go, we are moved by the generous hearts that create these museums and then offer them to the public – free of charge. They give so much to their community. It’s like a little piece of heaven. Visit soon!

October 20, 2007 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Books, Building, Community, Cultural, Customer Service, Education, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Public Art, Shopping


  1. 3ajeeeb shaklaaa! beautiful building…where is it exactly?

    Comment by Ra7aLaH | October 20, 2007 | Reply

  2. You exit 30 going toward Jabriya, and you never actually get on 5th ring at all. You take the right turn into Jabriya, and then you take the first right again. Drive a couple blocks, watching for a noticably beautiful large building on your right that says Dar al Cid. Pass the Dar al Cid, take the first left.

    Go to the end of the street, where you must turn right. Where you are turning right is the Tareq Rajab Museum. Go straight, all the way to the end of the street, turn right. Go straight and stay on the road, which will curve around to the right.

    There is a big parking lot on your left and the New English School on your right. In front of you, on your left, is another beautiful building that looks a lot like the Dar al Cid (which is up the same street, but it is a no entry from that direction) and that is the Dar Jehan, where the Calligraphy Museum is.

    Another way is to exit 30 going south at the Hadi Clinic, and get on that outer road continuing south. It is the same road that will curl around to the right and take you straight to the museum.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 20, 2007 | Reply

  3. I’ve always wanted to visit Blue Dress keeps telling me to! I will soon πŸ™‚ thanks for the pics & the info :*

    Comment by chikaP | October 20, 2007 | Reply

  4. im so glad you posted about it! i go there all the time they really have exquisite collections.. : )

    Comment by vixenfatale | October 21, 2007 | Reply

  5. Chika – You will love it! It is one of the treasures of Kuwait. And the greatness of spirit that offers it to the public for FREE, charging no admission. It almost stuns me with the generousity of it all.

    Vixen – Why am I not surprised that you would hang out in such a beauty-filled location? πŸ˜‰

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 21, 2007 | Reply

  6. thanx!

    Comment by Ra7aLaH | December 25, 2007 | Reply

  7. thanx

    Comment by Ra7aLaH | December 25, 2007 | Reply

  8. Ra7aLaH – what I love about this museum, and the Tarek Rajab museum, is that this generous family has collected these lovely items and shared them with the public at no cost. Both museums are wonderful, uplifting experiences. They also sponsor exhibits at the Dar al Cid (I bet they own it, too) and concerts and plays open to the public at their school. What an amazing family, and I can only hope God blesses them greatly for their greatness of spirit.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 27, 2007 | Reply

  9. Dear All,
    I Very need arabic calligraphy books,catalog,etc.Please send me.Thanks & regard, Mohammad Abdur Rahim,489/2,Baganbari,Sonalibagh,Moghbazar,Dhaka-1217,BANGLADESH. e-mail:

    Comment by a6ura1han | January 6, 2008 | Reply

  10. Well worth it, yes :)!
    Just posted some shots from last May and their address and opening hours.
    Seems they have no web address (no surprise in this country…sigh…)

    Comment by Nicole | January 6, 2008 | Reply

  11. I think you can find information on the calligraphy museum by going to the tarak rajab museum site, Nicole!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 7, 2008 | Reply

  12. Well, mh, I don’t have it, do you?
    Oh, wait a minute, I just remember, I took a brochure when I was there.

    The opening hours have changed, btw. – it was in the Arab Times last week.
    Website, here we go:
    (goes and checks it out herself πŸ™‚ )

    Comment by Nicole | January 7, 2008 | Reply

  13. Woooo Hoooooooo! Thank you, Nicole! Takes you right to the Calligraphy Museum. Tooo cool!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 7, 2008 | Reply

  14. Here we go again with weird Infos.
    On their website they still say Saturday to Thursday – mh…..

    but you’re welcome πŸ˜‰

    Comment by Nicole | January 7, 2008 | Reply

  15. i am indian calligraphist & i want to see your calligraphy art in my email id.

    Comment by Imran Hayat | June 22, 2011 | Reply

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    Comment by ataullah | December 11, 2014 | Reply

  17. i am ataullah rahmani i have centuries old handwritten golden islamic manuscripts of holly qurans and books for sal any one interesded contact me. on

    Comment by ataullah | December 11, 2014 | Reply

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