Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Guillermo
    Philippines1,132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Islamic Culture & Arts
    One of the best museums I have gone through my lifetime of travel. A few of those museums that they Islamic stories, arts and culture. A must for those who love on Asian and Islamic culture. I’m not a Muslim, but this history simply amazes me.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Kenny L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    if there's only 1 museum to visit, this is the one
    This place is better run museum with lots of interesting artifacts and oriental arts. We just recently visited a set of museums in Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. This place has to be the top 1 or 2. The other museum includes the famous National Palace Museum in Taipei.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 29 July 2023
  • 631BarbaraM
    Inwood, West Virginia222 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss this museum
    Beautiful building with wonderful exhibits. This is a must visit when in KL. Beautifully curated and so informative. Wonderful gift shop with lovely items as well as noteworthy books. Amazing place devoted entirely to the culture of Islam in the many places Islam thrived.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Mapfay
    Devon, United Kingdom47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the very best museum’s
    Truly amazing Museum, probably the best I’d been to on my travels. Amazing building, great artefacts, captivating pictures, curated really cleverly. An immensely enjoyable experience and a must visit location in KL.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 August 2023
  • serena
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute must‐visit for both locals and tourists
    Amazingly detailed and extensive museum. It has a variety of incredible paintings and artefacts from across the Islamic world, and it is very informative and thorough in its descriptions. The architectural exhibit was my favourite, with some of the best architectural models I've ever seen and detailed descriptions of mosques and mausoleums in different geographic areas of the Islamic world. I was also impressed by the architecture of the museum itself, which has several unique domes that are intricately painted and decorated. The gift shop was also full of interesting books and high-quality souvenirs.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
  • CAM
    London, United Kingdom560 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A stunning & tranquil refuge from KL’s commercial centre
    From the moment we entered this museum, we were made to feel very welcome. The entrance fee was modest & there were reduced rates for my student children. The exhibits are set out across two floors and showcase the excellence and beauty of Islamic architecture, design and craftsmanship. We enjoyed looking at the textiles, tiles, jewellery and woodwork. The shop is fantastic and we bought some mementos which we are currently getting framed. Highly recommended.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Adrian B
    Canberra, Australia59 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make sure you visit this wonderful Islamic arts museum when in KL.
    This is a wonderful arts museum and is really good for those who may have limited knowledge of Islamic art and culture. It's easy to spend a couple of hours here admiring the art and artefacts, and it also has a very pleasant adjoining restaurant. This should be included on any visitor's itinerary in KL.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • MikeFo
    Brighton, United Kingdom1,060 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous - go go go - wonderfully informative
    A really fabulous museum of Islamic art in all aspects. It deals very well with varying time period is and especially geographies. I especially enjoyed the exhibit on mosque architecture and it's variations. This is museum I could happily revisit multiple times.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • minnesotans4
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,100 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Moza restaurant
    We had read great reviews of the beautiful Islamic art and artifacts. The website stated that Malaysia has become home to SE Asia’s largest museum of Islamic art. We found the museum to be very interesting. The museum shop had beautiful items and at reasonable prices. The Moza restaurant located in the museum was fabulous. My husband thought the lamb shank was the best he had ever eaten. The lentil soup was delicious as well. I ordered the shish tawook which was skewered chicken bathed in yogurt marinaded with citrus, garlic and spices…. Just fabulous! The hummus was perfection.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 December 2023
  • marftrip
    Kernersville, North Carolina339 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent Museum, a Must See!
    I reserve the term “magnificent” for only the best museums, but the holdings of this museum are absolutely stunning! Such a wide ranging collection from across the Islamic World that include some particularly rare items. (I could not believe I was seeing a robe from Sogdiana!) It may not seem a huge museum when you enter, but by the time you look and read - and you will definitely want to take your time - you’ll need at least half a day. Not only is the collection outstanding, it’s impeccably presented. This is absolutely a “must see,” well worth a few hours. My hat is off to the leadership and curators of this very impressive treasure of Malaysia.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 December 2023
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YubaPrincess
London, UK604 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
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 3 February 2020
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Rick W
Sevenoaks, UK2,320 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Compte P
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • 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 20 February 2020
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Carol
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
The museum is well worth a visit. Every member of the family will benefit.so interesting and so much to see and do. Allow a full day and don't forget the wonderful children's library if you have children. You can take own food and eat at seats byfountain or buy at restaurant.
Written 1 January 2020
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alie_iena
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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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ID576207
243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
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 23 February 2020
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Rob R
Boston, MA46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I’m so glad I ended up visiting the Islamic Arts Museum. They had an Islamic Calligraphy exhibit which I found beautiful and fascinating. I spent a good 5.5 hours here and felt I could have spent an additional 5 hours. What an unbelievable, diverse collection of all things Islamic. They also had an Islamic Architecture exhibit that was educational and breathtaking. One of the best museums I’ve ever visited!!!
Written 15 February 2020
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matthewrafat
San Francisco, CA451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Lovely museum located near the national mosque. I was impressed with the diversity of the exhibits, which included Korans, rugs, and even swords and armor. English explanations were done perfectly. There's also a restaurant on-site, but it closes one hour before the museum. (February 2020)
Written 1 February 2020
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NanohanA
Malaysia268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Nicole S
Ontario124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The building is absolutely gorgeous and there is a great deal to see. They have covered a huge variety of cultures, eras, and geographical areas. Very thorough collection.

However, this is very much a traditional museum: walk around, read labels, look at artifact, move on. Nothing interactive at all. Just something to be aware of if you are taking kids.
Written 20 September 2022
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