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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 112 attractions in Kuala Lumpur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Nova Lima, MG
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

An excellent museum, a must see even if you are not a huge fan of arts. The paintings, clothes and the miniatures are just amazing. Cheap, easy to access and great place to spend an afternoon. Go, you won't regret! One of the highlights of KL!

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Denver, Colorado
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Islamic Arts Museum is a nice respite from the hurly burly of KL. We walked down the hill from the bird park and cooled off at this interesting museum. The collection of Islamic manuscripts and Korans are beautiful, and I liked reviewing the complilation of models of the largest mosques in the world. It doesn't take too long and... More

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Niteroi, RJ
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57 reviews 57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My opinion that this outstanding museum is home to one of best collections of Islamic decorative arts in the world. The quality of the exhibits, which include textiles, carpets, jewellery, miniature building and calligraphy-inscribed pottery, the building itself has beautiful decorated domes and glazed tilework. There's a KL's best museum gift shops stocking beautiful products from around the Islamic world.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

a very informative museum which show the Islam from different cultures, and it it should a part of one day visit to the musem, grand mosque and the bird park because they are all close to each other متحف مليء بالمعلومات ويظهر تبادل الثقافات بين الاسلام والدول التي انتشر فيها، من الضروري زيارته في يوم واحد مع حديقة الطيور والجامع... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Take some time to explore and appreciate the excellent curation of the artefacts in this museum. Set in a beautiful purpose built space you can appreciate generations of Islamic culture inits many facets. The expression of the culture through complex geometric designs, architecture, beautiful jewellery, costume, furniture and everyday items is testament to the sophistication of this culture through the... More

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

If you pay a visit to National Mosque, don't forget to have a look at Panduan Muzium (Islamic Arts Museum, admission Fee is RM12, open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), just round the corner of Mosque with less than ten-minute walk. In Southeast Asia, I am afraid you cannot find a museum with rich collection of Islamic Arts... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Nothing special really: i strongly doubt (and do hope i am right) that this is an "outstanding" collection, there are bits and pieces from everywhere but not much interpretation . The introduction to the different types of Mosques is interesting, but anybody can find the original source in the book by hillebrand ( i hope at least the museum paid... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I was not sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by this beautiful museum. The building is gorgeous. The displays were fascinating but I would have liked a bit more information about some of them. The gift shop is huge and has some really beautiful things. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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Perth, Australia
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14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We took our two kids here, aged 10 and 11, and they really loved it, as did we. For a start it's lovely and cool, which can be a welcome relief. The building itself is worth seeing, and is a beautiful example of islamic architecture. There was a photo exhibition on ramadan, which was really interesting and informative. The mini... More

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Kuala Lumpur
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63 reviews 63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I have been there several times and still find something new to admire. The museum is well thought of and well designed. Sometimes, I think that the National Museum should learn one or two things from this Museum!

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