The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is informally known as Southeast Asia’s museum of Islamic art. The largest Islamic Museum in all of Southeast Asia, it houses over 7,000 legendary Islamic artifacts and many Islamic decorative arts from across the globe.
Only a 5-minute walk from the National Mosque, this museum can be seen up the road with its signatory blue turquoise dome and glass walls.
Their permanent galleries are spread across the two upper floors, and are separated into twelve categories; Architecture, Quran and Manuscripts, India, China, Malay World, Jewellery, Textiles, Arms and Armour, Coins and Seals, Metalwork, Living with Wood, Ceramics.
Instead of focusing on the Islamic work from Persia or the Middle East, this museum places emphasis on Islamic treasures from India, China, and southeast asian countries instead, offering a fresh perspective on the beauty of Islam.
The artifacts and treasures depict the influence of multiple cultures towards Islam, showcasing a combination of cultures and shedding light onto this religion.
The most notable exhibits would definitely include the 1964 Kiswa, the large door-curtain of the Ka’aba (House of God), and also miniature versions of the Quran, some with a size no larger than your thumb!
The architecture category is also one of the highlights of the museum, as it houses one of the largest scale models of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca in the world. There are numerous other scale models of world-famous buildings such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Mosque of Xi’an, and the Sheikh Zayed Mosque.
The Islamic Arts Museum also offers storytelling sessions for kids on weekends in the Children’s Library, which is filled with books about Islam. They also have a restaurant which serves up food from Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, and many more countries.
Address: Jalan Lembah Perdana, Kuala Lumpur
Waze: Muzium Kesenian Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm
Adults : RM14
Students (with ID) : RM7
Senior citizens : RM7
Children (6 & under) : Free
*Tickets are charged at RM12 and RM6 respectively when the special galleries are closed.