Islamic Arts Museum

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

visitor looking at an exhibit in the islamic arts museum

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 arts museum calligraphy

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 in 2005/2006.
  • The National Mosque 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.

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Ticket Price / Entrance Fee

Adults: RM14 (~$3.58)
Students & Senior Citizen above 55: RM7 (~$1.79)
Children age 6 and under: Free

Opening Hours

Mondays Closed
Tuesdays to Sundays: 10.00 am – 6.00pm
Open on Public Holidays

How to Get to the Islamic Museum KL

islamic arts museum kl buildingThe best way to get to the Islamic Museum is by taking a cab.

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.