Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia


The Islamic Museum Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur is by far Malaysia’s best museum.

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It is also Southeast Asia’s largest and most complete museum on Islamic art.

It has more than 7,000 artifacts — from 17th century miniatures of the Quran the size of your thumbs to one of the world’s largest scale models of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca.

And instead of concentrating on works from the heartlands of Persia and the Middle East, this place puts the emphasis on India, China and Southeast Asian countries.

Even if you hate museums and have no passion for art, this place is a must visit, especially for travellers of different faith.

Islamic Museum Highlights & Tips

  • Check out the Ottoman Room – a reconstructed interior of an Ottoman Syrian room dated 1820 – 1821 AD as well as the Arms and Armor Gallery.
  • Eat your lunch at the Wi-Fi equipped museum restaurant. The restaurant serves Arab food and has won the Best Middle Eastern Restaurant award by the MIHAS-HALAL Journal.
  • The National Mosque, KL Bird Park and the Royal Police Museum are under 5 minutes walk from this museum. You can visit the mosque on your way back and hail a cab from here.

Islamic Museum Dress Code

When you visit the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia , we advise you to dress conservatively as a sign of respect for the Muslim and local Malaysian culture.

Opening Hours

Mondays – Sundays: 10.00 am – 6.00pm
Open on Public Holidays (except on Eid)

How to Get to the Islamic Museum KL

The best way to get to the Islamic Museum is by taking a taxi or Grab.

The nearest RapidKL LRT train Station is the Pasar Seni station, but walking from the station to this museum is difficult due to metal barriers along roads.