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Islamic Arts Museum

Jalan Lembah Perdana, Kuala Lumpur 50480, Malaysia
603 2274 2020
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As featured in 3 days in Kuala Lumpur
Ranked #2 of 108 attractions in Kuala Lumpur
Type: Art Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

I don't do many museums or churches anymore - fatigued after many years of travel. When I lived in KL I kept hearing how good this one was and so visited before my departure. Well worth the visit - if you only do one museum in KL make it this one. Oh and you'll enjoy the great air con a... More

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The Islamic Art museum was a highlight of our trip to Malaysia. The museum houses one of the best Islamic art and anthropological collections I have ever seen, and is certainly the highest caliber museum I have visited in South East Asia. The world class collection focuses on South East Asian Islam as part of a wider cultural exchange. The... More

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Wonderful lighting, lovely domed ceilings, open-concept layout, and wonderful Islamic art and artifacts from throughout the Islamic world. Much is not ancient, perhaps dating from the 18th century or more recent. The models of important mosques around the world were very interesting. The metalwork was intricate and beautiful. And the restaurant on site served a lovely set lunch for 49... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Great museum to see some contemporary and traditional islamic art. I wish I had visited it with a guide to be able to have a better understanding.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This place was a bit expensive to get into, but it did offer some spectacular insight into the history and culture of Islam. As an Australian, I was very impressed to find a small temporary exhibition on sites of significance to the history of Islam in regional and remote Australia. The gallery of mosques was fascinating and the extensive collection... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The space is incredibly welcoming and peaceful, I spent hours browsing the different exhibits and reading the explanation panels, from modern day calligraphy to ancient relics, this museum is definitely worth a return visit on my next trip to KL!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Fascinating collection of Islamic art, craft and technology from centuries past, some dating to the 7th century AD. Exhibits form across the current and past Islamic world. Also has a history of the spread of Islam. Never fails to amaze whenever I visit. The restaurant has reasonable if slightly overpriced food.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The museum is housed in a very impressive building and is well put together, with galleries housing everything from textiles to ceramics to armour to illuminated manuscripts, all presented in an inviting way. Explanatory panels in English and Malaysian give good concise introductions to each gallery, and information on each item. Highly recommended if you have any interest in art,... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

An attractive and peaceful building, well designed and laid out, impressive architecture and a good collection of a range of Islamic arts.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The museum has an extensive collection of Islamic arts and also miniature models of important mosques from around the world, all displayed quite nicely with just enough information. The atmosphere is nice and quite.

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