Islamic Arts Museum Kuala Lumpur

One of the best attractions in KL

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia might not be as well known as the National Museum, but those who have been there often regard it as one of the best attractions KL has to offer. With a huge blue turquoise dome atop of the building, it is within walking distance from the National Mosque, so getting to this highly-acclaimed museum is not hard. A sense of serenity and peace greets you as you enter; thanks to its huge open spaces and glass walls that let natural light seep into the building.

You will get to explore the special exhibitions first held at the temporary galleries on the first and second levels. These special exhibitions are seasonal, and only held up to six months, but come highly recommended as the topics are not only restricted to Islamic Arts, but touch on other aspects of arts and history as well.

Upper levels of the museum house the permanent galleries, which span over twelve themes, ranging from architecture and metalwork to regional arts hailing from India and China. Notable exhibits include the 1964 Kiswa, which is the exquisite door curtain of the Ka’aba (the House of God) that gets changed annually, and manuscripts such as prayer books dating back to the 17th century.

The architecture gallery deserves a mention too; models of impressive mosques all around the world are on display and with high attention to the detail of each building. They include the holiest site in Islam, which is the Sacred Mosque (Al-Masjid Al-Haram) in Mecca, and the Great Mosque of Xian in China. Each of the rooms in the galleries has a domed ceiling adorned with intricate Islamic patterns, so look up when you’re viewing the artifacts; you’ll realize that the whole museum itself is an impressive work of art.

 

Other amenities in the museum include a restaurant and a museum shop. The restaurant serves Arabic food, so stop by for a cup of tea and shawarma if you need a refresher. The museum shop has a remarkable collection of art books besides the usual museum memorabilia, so if you’re looking for something to buy for that special someone who has everything, this might be the perfect stop for you to shop. The museum also organizes workshops and seminars from time to time, usually in conjunction with the special exhibitions, so do enquire if you are interested in taking part.

The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is definitely a pleasant way to spend your afternoon, and with over 7,000 artifacts under its roof, it offers a beautiful insight into the world of Islam that is not usually seen by the public.

Islamic Arts Museum

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00
Address: Jalan Lembah Perdana, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2274 2020
Price Range: RM12 for adults, RM6 for students, visitors under 18 and senior citizens

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