Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

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Being the design curator of cool, there was no way I could miss touring the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. I found myself with a few hours to kill on my last day, so I popped over. I must admit that I wished I had left myself more time for the visit as there are 12 galleries to explore.

The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia houses more than seven thousand artefacts, as well has an exceptional library of Islamic-art books. The art objects on display range from the tiniest pieces of jewellery to one of the world’s largest scale models of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. The aim is to create a collection that is truly representative of the Islamic world. Instead of concentrating on works from the heartlands of Persia and the Middle East, IAMM also puts the emphasis on Asia. China and Southeast Asia are especially well represented. The third component of the Malaysian melting pot is India, which is also given special status. India, China and the Malay world are in an exceptional category. Other parts of the collection are displayed according to type rather than geographical origins in the museum’s 12 galleries.

If you visit, tell me what I missed by not allocating myself more time.

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