Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
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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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Pietro M
Phnom Penh, Cambodia110 contributions
Solo
I had a wonderful learning experience exploring the many levels and exhibits. I spent the early morning at the Botanical Gardens and was allowed entry 30 minutes early into the museum, which was amazing as I had each exhibit to myself for the first hour or so. Shoutout to the super nice staff for letting me in early as I was completely oblivious to the opening time.

There's around 12 total exhibits, ranging from Textiles, Ceramics, Armour and Weaponry, Woodwork, etc. Each is chock full of amazing artifacts that are clearly well maintained. There's plenty of signage to contextualize these pieces which is much appreciated as some other museums I've been to in the region don't bother to fully build out their exhibits.

If you're by the Botanical Gardens or are looking for a rainy day escape, you can easily spend a couple hours here admiring all the art. Pricing is reasonable at 14 rm for adults and 7 rm for students. Highly recommend.
Written July 22, 2022
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John R
New York City, NY11 contributions
The Islamic Museum contains a world class collection of Islamic art and artifacts. The displays are beautifully presented. Labelling is excellent. Don't miss the dagger of Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal.
Written May 16, 2022
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Hanan B
Ramat Gan, Israel535 contributions
Solo
This museum should be a required visit by tourists visiting KL. It deals with a great deal of the culture, crafts and history of the Muslim world, and as such bestows a great deal of honor to that world.

A great deal of thought and effort went into the curating of the museum. The sheer amount of material on display requires a long visit or several shorter ones.
Written February 20, 2020
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alie_iena
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia49 contributions
Friends
Well organised exhibition with nice display of items and information. I have few pictures here (not even 20% from what they have in there)just to share a glimpse of the place and hopefully will intrigue others to visit this museum. A lot of things to see and read! Best museum i have visited so far in KL!

except!!! - the restaurant staff that served us was rude. I mean really rude! lucky that we were not there for the restaurant experience.

Hate the waiter but definitely NOT the museum. We can avoid the restaurant next time. Not a problem for us.
Written September 26, 2020
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Rick W
Sevenoaks, UK1,928 contributions
This modern museum is superbly arranged in a building as interesting as its exhibits with huge domed ceilings and spacious display areas - and an excellent cafe serving snacks, drinks and meals. Arranged on two floors are displays of calligraphy, costumes, ceramics, models of the world's main mosques, wood carvings and much else. Was it rivetingly interesting? No. Was it worth seeing (for free), yes.
Written March 6, 2020
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Anne W
London, UK98 contributions
It’s all been said and written about the National Islamic Museum of Art. Even if you’re neither here nor there about museums don’t miss this beautiful and tranquil place. Go early and while away a couple or so hours and then think seriously about visiting The Moza (Mosaic) Restaurant that overlooks the Fountain Garden. The food is of a very high quality as is the standard of service. This restaurant certainly deserves its high reviews.
Written January 31, 2020
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Compte P
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1 contribution
Couples
Shocked about how they love to speak about Islamic Spain without speaking about Maghreb and north Africa as well as the north African califates . The museum is clearly orientated towards turkey and Iran when the islamic world is much bigger and some places have a bigger importance than the ottoman empire . And I don't know why they keep presenting artisanate that existed way before Islam as Islamic when it's just local and traditional artisanate .Good point for the Chinese part though
Extremely dissatisfied and disappointed about this museum.
Wouldn't recommend at all
Written February 20, 2020
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YubaPrincess
London, UK638 contributions
Islamic iconography on textiles, books, architectural elements across the many halls of this spacious building inspire further readings on islamic art. Panel text information introduce most artefacts, though guided tours would help significantly. There is a library of reference materials accessible through prior written request/approval with museum management.
Highly recommendable. Will return.
Written February 3, 2020
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NanohanA
Malaysia211 contributions
Couples
Am a proud Malaysian but feel bad because I never knew about this museum - although it has been established for 22 years! - not until a friend from overseas highlighted it to me ^~^

This huge museum is really amazing. It houses heaps of Islamic artefects from all over the world. From the Ottoman civilization to Indian and Chinese era and the Malay world (Nusantara). All are put in a few different galleries. It also hosts the holy Quran and manuscripts, jewellery and Islamic glassware. The souvenirs shop at the ground floor offers a unique selection of Islamic crafts, artefects, books and a lot more interesting stuff for visitors to puchase. And its Moza cafe serves excellent Middle Eastern cuisine. Located just 5-min walk from the National Mosque.
Written August 30, 2020
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ID576207
211 contributions
If you only have time for one museum in KL, personally I'd recommend this one. Well thought out, good clear explanations, and also has a very nice restaurant on site.

The Islamic calligraphy temporary exhibit was particularly memorable.
Written February 23, 2020
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