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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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Kuala Lumpur
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The interior of the Islamic Arts Museum is a cool oasis in the heat of KL. An array of historical and modern artefacts from across the Islamic world - including some fascinating model displays of the world most stunning mosques. Do visit the gift shop and the restaurant for some fresh Baklava and coffee.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I liked the Museum and the small scale mosques they had were magnificent. I imagined how they might be in a life size scale and they would be remarkable. I left with many questions and a better understanding about Islam. It would have been nice to have some staff around to answer questions but there didn't seem to be any... More

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Kuala Lumpur
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The Islamic Arts Museum displays a wide variety of artefacts from a range of Islamic dynasties, nations and periods and although there is also a focus on the aesthetic history of Islam in Malaysia. Displays include Moghul Jewellery, fabrics and costumes of Imperial Islam as well as a weapons and armour from various periods of war though out the Islamic... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I liked the museum, had a lot of interesting articles and info there which I did not know about Islamism. I like architecture and particularly enjoyed the Mosque models. I did get a little bored after seeing Koran after Koran, I often feel this way in a lot of museums if there is something that repeats itself too much. Other... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Interesting exhibition on Islamic history and culture. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the exhibition. Some of the pieces on display are very ancient, intricate and simply amazing. Great gift shop with a variety of souvenirs that are different from the commons ones found in touristic places.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The museum gives you an overview of the world Islamic architecture of mosque and culture of muslim all over the world. It is a large place thus we didn't have enough time to go through all the exhibits.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Beautiful art from the Islamic world, including ceramics, glassware, jewellery, scrolls and books, textiles and clothing. The gift store had some great items too (although a lot of the stuff was made in Turkey rather than Malaysia which was a bit disappointing)

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We spent a few hours in here and loved it. The exhibits were interesting, clear and varied. The gift shop had unique bits and pieces too. The building is remarkable to look at too.

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Delhi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

There is a lot to see in this museum but unfortunately, it is not a cohesive collection. The exhibits are not well explained and neither are they unique. If you are in KL for a few days, this can be skipped. There are better things to do in the city.

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