The Amiri Diwan
Al Salam Palace Museum
The Story of a Nation
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Masterplanning & Design
Museum & Cultural Centre
In 2013, Studio MB was commissioned by the Amiri Diwan, the royal household of the Amir of Kuwait, to transform the shell of the former Al Salam Palace into a new, immersive national museum and visitor experience.
The Al Salam Palace Museum now tells the 300-year plus history of Kuwait through the achievements of its 15 rulers who have led the country since 1718. Before its restoration by Studio MB, the iconic Al Salam Palace once hosted world leaders and heads of state from 1964 until it was badly damaged and abandoned after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
The restored and repurposed palace now delivers 26 exhibition galleries in two immersive museum visitor experiences, a suite of temporary exhibition galleries, an underground courtyard with a café, shop and education centre, a digital library complex, and a suite of VIP reception facilities.