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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

16 April 2012 No Comment

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia Kuala Lumpur

Islam is a major religion whose contributions in shaping our modern society cannot be underestimated. Contrary to the opinion that Islam is incompatible with the Western world, a simple search over the internet will quickly reveal examples of achievements made by Islamic scholars that have helped advance human (including Western) culture; notably in areas such as arts, architecture, chemistry, and medicine.

interior at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Trying to learn more about these achievements ‘in person’, however, may not be so simple. At least not for the casual traveller. Few places in the world maintain a good collection of artefacts from historical and present Islamic communities, and those who do may not be located anywhere near one’s typical holiday destinations.

displays at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

One of the museum’s exhibition wing

This is why we think that Kuala Lumpur’s Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) is a true gem. Kuala Lumpur is already the main gateway for more than 24 million travellers visiting the country annually, and is well connected to many countries by international flights, making it so convenient for anyone to learn more about one of the biggest religions in the world (which is also Malaysia’s predominant religion) and the people who embraced it as their way of life.

exhibits at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Located adjacent to several other museums, the modern-looking IAMM boasts a diverse collection of artefacts, from fabrics to ceramics,  metal body armours, and manuscripts. Although the name suggests that the museum deals solely with objects of artistic value, there is also plenty to learn about other aspects of the society from which these artefacts originated from. The collections are displayed according to its types, and all are beautifully displayed in glass cases complete with accentuated lighting.

Chinese style calligraphy at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Chinese style Islamic calligraphy

Noteworthy of special mention is the collection of miniature mosques from all over the world (housed on Level 1). It would be near impossible for a casual traveller to visit all of these structures in real life, yet the collection of very intricately done miniature buildings provided a good insight on the grandeur of Islamic architecture. It is also interesting to note the variety of architectural styles, which among others include Mughal and traditional Japanese architecture styles.

architecture miniatures at the IAMM

(Above and below) Two of the building miniatures

architecture miniatures at the IAMM

Collections aside, IAMM also houses a restaurant and a museum store,with the latter offering travellers many unique gift ideas for friends and relatives back home.

Travel Info

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (Muzium Kesenian Islam Malaysia)

Website: http://www.iamm.org.my

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