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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 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)


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