Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
Muzium Kesenian Islam Malaysia
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia sign.jpg
Signboard of Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is located in Kuala Lumpur
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
Location within Kuala Lumpur
Established 1998
Location Jalan Lembah Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Coordinates 3°08′30″N 101°41′24″E / 3.141760°N 101.689875°E / 3.141760; 101.689875
Type Islamic Arts
Director Syed Mohamad Albukhary[1]
Public transit access Kuala Lumpur Railway Station (KTM Komuter)

The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (Malay: Muzium Kesenian Islam Malaysia) was officially opened on 12 December 1998. The museum is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s tourist belt amidst the lush greenery of Perdana Botanical Gardens and within walking distance to the National Mosque, Bird Park and National Planetarium.

The museum is the largest museum of Islamic arts in South East Asia with more than seven thousands artefacts from the Islamic world.[2]


The Islamic Arts Museum has 12 main galleries which is classified according to the types of artefacts spread over level 3 and 4. Level 3 of the museum hosts the Quran and Manuscripts Gallery, the Islamic Architecture Gallery, the India Gallery, the Chinese Gallery, the Ancient Malay World Gallery as well as the reconstructed Ottoman Syrian Room dating back to the 19th Century.[3] Visitors can also proceed upstairs to Level 4 which hosts an display of jewellery, textile, arms and armour, ceramics as well as ancient Islamic glass ware.[4]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Awards and Recognition
Year Awards/Recognition Organization
2014 Platinum Award-Tourist Attraction (Culture, Arts and Heritage) Category[5] Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Award
Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Museums (10th in Asia)[5] TripAdvisor
2015 Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Museums (10th in Asia)[6] TripAdvisor

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Syed Mohamad Albukhary". Asia-Europe Museum Network. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Islamic Arts Museum". TimeOut Kuala Lumpur. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Islamic Arts Museum". Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Islamic Arts Museum". Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia: Sacred and Splendid". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "KL’s Islamic Arts Museum among the top in Asia". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 22 September 2015. 


  • Curatorial Department (2002). Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. pp. 280 pages. ISBN 978-9834084509. 
  • Lenzi, Iola (2004). Museums of Southeast Asia. Singapore: Archipelago Press. p. 200. ISBN 981-4068-96-9. 

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Coordinates: 3°08′34″N 101°41′22″E / 3.142916°N 101.689475°E / 3.142916; 101.689475