ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM MALAYSIA (Kuala Lumpur) - 2022 Plan Your Visit (2022)

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Pietro M

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Fantastic Collection Of Islamic Cultural Artifacts

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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Foofa B

California182 contributions

Subhanallah!

Family

An absolute must-visit when one has a morning or an afternoon to spare in Kuala Lumpur.
The location is a ten minute drive from the city centre and this beautifully designed building houses a handsome collection of some of the most gorgeous & precious Islamic art & artifacts from all over the world from as early as, I believe, the 15th century.

Written June 19, 2022

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A Beautiful Collection

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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Ainil I

Shah Alam246 contributions

Learn about Islamic Mosque and Art

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 January 4, 2021

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alie_iena

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia49 contributions

Great Museum! Highly recommended!

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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StrayCat5

Penang, Malaysia479 contributions

Probably the best museum we've ever visited

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.

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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 September 17, 2020

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A must visit

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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Krithika

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Great museum to understand Islamic history though the art lens.

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 August 24, 2020

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SK2006

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia65 contributions

Hidden gem in the city

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 August 24, 2020

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jkhidalgo

Colombiano47 contributions

Fantastic museum

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 August 9, 2020

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