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Islamic Arts Museum

Address: Jalan Lembah Perdana, Kuala Lumpur 50480, Malaysia
Phone Number: 603 2274 2020
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Ranked #2 of 182 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
Type: Art museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Large open-plan museum on four levels with an impressive collection of Islamic artifacts. The wood...
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Type: Art museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Large open-plan museum on four levels with an impressive collection of Islamic artifacts. The wood carvings are a consistent favorite.

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62 reviews 62 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I am a museum buff so I always make sure I explore at least one in each city I visit. The Islamic Arts Museum is certainly well worth a couple of hours. It is well laid out and presented in an air-conditioned, spacious building. Essentially, it contains Islamic arts, calligraphy, numerous beautifully illustrated copies of the Qur'an and different types... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We were told about the Islamic Arts Museum by the Hotel we were staying at as a must see and we were not disappointed. Spent more the two hours there and had afternoon tea at the Restaurant which was good value.

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Loved the museum. Nicely presented, good variety of Islamic art. Beautiful architecture. Peaceful outdoor fountain area.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Not to be missed - especially since it's really the only museum of note in all of KL - sorry to say. This is not a museum town. But the IAM really has a world class collection of pottery, textiles, weaponry, decorative art, calligraphy, illuminated Q'oran. Combine it with a visit to the butterfly park (up the road and around... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Really quality Islamic artefacts and exhibits from all around the world. Huge exhibit halls with lots of exhibits. There are also exhibits on Asian Islamic Arts from China and India. Really informative and impressive. Worth a visit.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The museum contains many beautiful and delicate Islamic exhibits and is very well laid out. The building itself is a delight, being light and airy. It is very close to other key features of the cioy, including the national mosque and the very extensive park/gardens. The air conditioning is also a boon and there is a cafe restaurant.

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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Its great historic museum to know the reality of Islam not as shown on our media. Different very knowledgeable.

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Antwerpen, België
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The museum is situated next to the national mosque and it´s nice to visit both in 1 day. Once you enter the museum you can learn a lot about islamic history and evolution through time. There is a great room exposing all different kind of mosques around the world and you learn about the different architectural styles around the world.... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Spent a good few hours here. Great models of mosques from around the world. It was interesting to see how they were adapted to different cultures and climates. Exhibits had detailed explanations. Building is beautiful especially the dome on the first floor. Great gift shop. It is situated across the road from the National Mosque slightly to the right.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

If you're in KL for more than a day, then add this museum to your itinerary. The museum is large but not unmanageable like Louvre. You can complete your visit between 1 and 2 hours. The architectural gallery is especially very interesting since it gives a good introduction to the history of Islam and basic architectural facts. There are plenty... More 

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