The Islamic Arts Museum
The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is located adjacent to Perdana Botanical Gardens. It is the largest exhibit in Southeast Asia. It houses more than seven thousands top quality artifacts from the Islamic world and the replicas of Islamic Architecture.
The Islamic Arts Museum has 12 main galleries. The example of the galleries are The Quran and Manuscripts Gallery, The Islamic Architecture Gallery, The India Gallery, The Chinese Gallery, The Ancient Malay World Gallery and The Reconstructed Ottoman Syrian Room.
The Islamic Architecture Gallery showcases fine examples of Islamic architecture ranging from Africa to the Far East. There are the model of the Taj Mahal, the Masjid al-Haram and various other mosque design.
The Quran and Manuscripts Gallery exhibits the penmanship, ornate gold embellished texts and minimalist early Kufic works. The India Gallery reveals the world of the Mughals with their superb Islamic metalwork and examples of portraiture. The Chinese gallery showcases the merge of of Chinese and Islamic influences in the artworks including cloisonné wares and calligraphic scrolls.
The Ancient Malay World Gallery offers the usage of natural motifs such as plants, fruits and cloud in the Malay local arts such as textiles. Examples of wood carving, metal handicrafts and kris designs are also featured.
There are also displays on jewelleries, textiles, weapons, coins, metalwork, ceramics and wood carving from various Islamic civilisation. All the collections are displayed in chronological order either by region, by theme or by the technique used.
The museum is accessible by public transportation. The closest station is Kuala Lumpur KTM Komuter Station.
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Monday – Sunday: 10.00 a.m – 6.00 p.m
Adult: RM 14
Student (with ID): RM 7
Senior Citizen: RM 7
Children under 6: Free
Perdana, Jalan Lembah, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Yet, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia remains a great and wonderful place to visit. It gives the visitors a didactic view of the richness and stunning diversity of the Islamic forms of Arts.
Inside the building, the angularity of 21st century design is contrasted with the soft, rounded forms of the five domes that dominate the museum’s interior. I was completely smitten with the domes. Instead of trying to photograph any exhibits (or looking at them much), I spent my time there looking at the domes and making my neck hurt in the process.
The highlight of the museum for me, though, was the architecture section; given the wonderful space of the museum, which is an architectural gem in its own right, expectations were high for this section and it did not disappoint.
Dr Gabriele Nehe
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