The Most Beautiful Museum Staircases in the World?

Museum of Islamic Art- Doha, Qatar

When visiting a museum, I can’t say that I usually pay much attention to their staircases.

I recently came across an article from Architectural Digest about 8 of the Most Beautiful Museum Staircases in the World.  When I saw the title of the article, I immediately thought about one museum which had to be on the list- the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), located in Doha, Qatar.

Kim, Lucas and I visited Qatar in the summer of 2015, enjoying our brief time in the country. When you step inside MIA, you can’t help but notice the staircase. It definitely makes for a great spot for a photo-op and is a work of art in itself.

While looking over Architectural Digest’s the list, I was surprised to see that MIA didn’t make the cut. Maybe the article’s author has yet to visit?

Here are AD’s top picks:

  • Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Rijksmuseum- Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • The Rubin- New York City
  • Neue Galerie- New York City
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria
  • Salvador Dali- St Petersburg, Florida
  • Vatican Museum- Vatican City
  • Pompidou Center- Paris, France

As I looked at the staircase photos in Architectural Digest’s article, I found that none of the staircases listed above came close to the striking appearance at MIA. Considering that I’m no architectural expert, this is just my opinion. I’d love to know what you think!

Check out Architectural Digest’s article here to see their picks for most beautiful staircases.

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