Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
4.5
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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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2-3 hours
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Ainil I
Shah Alam242 contributions
Learn about Islamic Mosque and Art
Jan 2021 • Family
Place look exclusive and reasonable entrance fee. Provide information on historic islamic mosques with beautiful replica models, hand written quran during early years, coins, ceramic, calligraphy etc.
Written 4 January 2021
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alie_iena
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia48 contributions
Great Museum! Highly recommended!
Sep 2020 • 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 26 September 2020
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StrayCat5
Georgetown, Malaysia472 contributions
Probably the best museum we've ever visited
Sep 2020
Visited morning of Wednesday 9 September 2020 as a respite from lockdown restraints as this museum had been on our 'to visit' list for about 15 years.

Greeted warmly at reception after checking in & having temperatures taken/hands sanitised. Only -ve was that we were charged foreigners rates as opposed to local rates despite living here on a visa for 15+ years. Still RM14/£2.50 each was amazing value.

Simply, apart from the 2 reception staff, 1 security on each floor & a few curators cleaning out 1 display cabinet, we had the museum exhibits area to ourselves (but kept our masks on!). The exhibits were well set out, information provided in English & Malay. The text/fonts were very easy & clear to read, some angled towards the base of display cabinets, some on walls at (my) eye height. For the signage in the architecture gallery, some was black text on transparent labels on display cases - well placed, but took a bit of focusing.

The variety of exhibits was varied from throughout the Islamic world, we saw items seen in other countries & saw much new to us items. Perhaps it was what was on display at that time, but some countries seemed to be favoured in eg weapons, while another was favoured in jewelry.

We spent over 2 hours taking our time - that was just enough. Headed to the cafe for lunch: just a shared pizza. That was enough for our lunch & reasonable at RM24 nett.

For Malaysia, rest room facilities can be very varied (most at the lower end of any scale) but those here were clean, fresh, well supplied, dry & useable.

We would visit again - maybe in a few years, hopefully when we would be able to remove our masks.
Written 17 September 2020
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Nik N Hasan
Malaysia193 contributions
A must visit
Mar 2020 • 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 30 August 2020
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Krithika
9 contributions
Great museum to understand Islamic history though the art lens.
Nov 2019
If you are a history buff, do not miss this museum.

Beautifully curated, well maintained, quiet, exhibits explained in detail and wonderful architecture surely make this place worth visiting.
Written 24 August 2020
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SK2006
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia65 contributions
Hidden gem in the city
Aug 2020 • Family
We had planned to go to Central Market but it was closed for renovation so decided to walk to Merdeka Square and show the kids some history.

On the way there we passed signs for islamic art museum and my daughter says let's go. So we did.

It was fantastic! It cost rm 14 per adult and rm 7 for kids below 18 years old. Totally worth it.

Beautiful artifacts, jewellery, pottery, furniture and furnishings!

The cafe there was bright and airy, worth a go.
Written 24 August 2020
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jkhidalgo
Colombiano47 contributions
Fantastic museum
Aug 2020
Beautiful museum. Well maintained. With very interesting exhibitions. The people was very friendly.

Just the building itself is fantastic and all the devices exposed are quite interesting. We were surprised by this museum.

The Moza restaurant is very beautiful too and the attention of Faizal was great.

Excellent experience. We want to return again

Opened again, after the COVID 19 quarentine (MCO), since 11th June 2020
Written 9 August 2020
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Sérgio M
13 contributions
Great museum
Feb 2020
Amazing museum, with lots of artifacts that show the islamic history wordwide. It was not crowded when I visited.
Written 8 March 2020
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IRHS
Rochester191 contributions
Interesting introduction to Islamic culture
Feb 2020
Was able to get a little understanding of Islamic culture - I really enjoyed the different artifacts - boxes, chests, and glassware.
Written 8 March 2020
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Rick W
Sevenoaks, UK1,693 contributions
Quiet and beautiful!
Mar 2020
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 6 March 2020
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