from “Out Of Time”, R.E.M., 1991.
Kuala Lumpur had one other museum we were quite keen on seeing in addition to our visit to the city’s Muzium Negara, namely the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM). Opened in 1998, the IAMM is the largest museum of Islamic arts in South East Asia with more than seven thousands artefacts from the Islamic world.
A quick car ride and we were back in the environs of the Perdana Gardens, bought our tickets and were soon ready to explore the IAMM.
The museum is spacious, bright and clean; really quite a pleasure to tour as despite there being other visitors, it’s not really crowded at all and you can view the exhibits at your complete leisure. There is plenty to see and it is well organised so you can view any of the galleries that take your interest, including jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glassware, metalwork, and our perennial favourite: arms and armour.
You really do need a whole morning or afternoon if not more to do the IAMM justice and we spent a very relaxed afternoon touring the museum.
This is definitely one of the most pleasant new museum buildings we’ve visited on our travels and with all the interesting exhibits and artefacts means the IAMM should feature very highly on anyone’s visit to Kuala Lumpur.