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An Overview of the Islamic Arts Museum
Inspired by our Prime Minister, YAB Dato Seri Dr Mahathir bin Mohamed and the conscientious efforts of Yayasan Albukhary, with the assistance of Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is now a reality and poised to be another landmark in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.
Nestled amidst lush greenery, the Museum is within the heart of the tourist belt accessible from Jalan Lembah and Jalan Perdana linking to other major and arterial roads in the city. Neighbouring the National Mosque, it is also within walking distance to the Planetarium, Bird Park, National Museum, Dayabumi and the Central Market.
With a built-up area of more than 22,000 m2 and costing over RM 70 million, it will houses some of the most precious and timeless work of Islamic art reflecting the achievements, the aspirations and the cultural conviction of one of the greatest civilisations in the history of mankind.
The Museum's management is committed to continuously imparting the wealth of knowledge and information of Islamic understanding through the arts. With meticulous long term planning and facilities offered that are second to none within this region, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is confident that it shall succeed in fulfilling its primary objective of becoming the Custodian, Preserver and Restorer, and Educator of Islamic arts for future generations.
Apart from existing and previously acquired artefacts, exhibits in the custody of the Museum comprise of private collections that are donated, sponsored and loaned on a temporary basis. The Museum has also allocated a large conservation area for the preservation and restoration of manuscripts metal work, woodwork, stone ceramics, textiles, carpets and rugs. This state of the art facility will require a total investment of around RM 30 million when fully commissioned.
In fulfilling its mission to educate the public, the Museum is embarking on a long term plan to provide programmes and facilities relating to works on calligraphy, ceramics and woodwork to benefit all interest groups from the young to the elderly. A sum of RM 15 million is expected to be spent on these programmes.
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