The Islamic Arts Museum or Muzuyn Kesenian Islam Malaysia is located near to the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur. It is easily accessible within the heart of the city centre which is not far from the National Planetarium, the Perdana Botanical Gardens and the National Bird Bark.
Background of the gallery
The museum officially opened its doors back in December 1998 with the aim to spread awareness and education about Islamic arts and the faith. With 12 galleries within its premises, the Islamic Arts Museum is the largest museum of this kind in the entire South East Asia. Within its collection is more than 7,000 artifacts that has been accumulated from around the Islamic world. Among the spaces here are the India Gallery, the Chinese Gallery, the Ancient Malay World Gallery, the Islamic Architecture Gallery and the Quran and Manuscripts Gallery, all of which have all types of items on show. Besides Islamic art, there are other artifacts and items that will attract the viewer including textile, ceramics, jewellery, ancient Islamic glassware and even arms and armour. Throughout the year, the Islamic Arts Museum hosts all types of exhibitions at one of its many galleries.