Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah at Amricani Cultural Centre

Serving Kuwait

The graceful buildings facing the sea in Kuwait City reflect the commitment to community in the country’s past and future.  From medical buildings to cultural facilities, the buildings that make up the Amricani Cultural Centre have served the people of Kuwait since the late 1930s.

Originally built as the American hospitals for women and men, the buildings incorporated arched verandas that were visually appealing, conducive to socialization, and provided ventilation and cooling breezes in the warm summer months.  As hospitals, the buildings served Kuwait for almost thirty years.

Today, the buildings continue to serve the community.  The former women’s hospital is the temporary home of the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah administrative offices and the library.  The larger building, originally the men’s hospital, is a training museum that includes two current exhibitions, Splendors of the Ancient East: Antiquities from the al-Sabah Collection and Story of Amricani, and temporary exhibition space.  There is also an education wing, a conservation lab, and a theatre. Since it opened as a cultural centre in November 2011, the Amricani is once again alive with visitors. Conversations will waft down from the verandas, as people explore art and culture exhibitions from around the world and future Kuwaiti museum specialists begin their training.


Hours & Location: The Amricani Cultural Centre is open Monday – Thursday and Saturday from 10 AM until 7 PM. It is also open Fridays from 2 PM to 7 PM. Located strategically on the Gulf Road, next to the National Assembly and in front of the Evangelical Church (once part of the American Mission compound), the Amricani Cultural Centre symbolises Kuwait’s patronage of the arts and culture.

The Sponsors: The Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah would like to offer a special ‘thank you’ to the very generous sponsors who made the preservation of this landmark site possible:


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Special Thanks to:

Dr Khaled Fahad Al-Jarallah, Dr Yacoub Yusuf Al-Hijji, Dr Abdullah Yousef Al-Ghunaim at the Center for Research and Studies on Kuwait, Mr. Farhan Abdullah Al-Farhan, the Rev. Lewis Scudder,  Mr Adnan Al-Ali, and Ms Sandy Shinn.