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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

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While we try not to be too prone to hyperbole, if you have time for just a single museum in Kuala Lumpur, then the city’s undoubted star of the show, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, should be it.

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Situated in a lush green enclave (we had a metre-long monitor lizard wriggle past us as we walked up the pavement approaching the museum), the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is just a short walk from the National Mosque so it makes sense to visit both at the same time—beyond it, for those with children in tow, you’ll find the Perdana Botanical Gardens and the bird park—conveniently filling out a half-day excursion.

Easy to find. Photo taken in or around Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Easy to find. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Established relatively recently in 1998, the 30,000 square metre, three-floor museum contains a beyond-impressive collection of more than 9,000 Islamic items, spread across a dozen permanent galleries and two special galleries. The museum declares in its succinct brochure “the aim is to create a collection that is truly representative of the Islamic world, with an emphasis on Southeast Asia and China” and we’d say they have well and truly succeeded.

When we last visited in late 2017, one of the Special Galleries was given over to a book-binding exhibition. It may not sound like the most fascinating of subjects, but it was! Learning each of the different methodologies that go into the creation of a single Koran was surprisingly captivating. All exhibits throughout the museum are clearly labelled in both local language and English, with informational sideboards delivering more depth as required, leading you through the museum ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
Jalan Lembah Perdana
Mo–Su: 10:00–18:00
T: (03) 2274 2020 F: (03) 2274 0529;
Admission: Adults 14 ringgit kids 7 ringgit 12/6 ringgit when Special Galleries closed)

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