Two days in Kuala Lumpur allow you to look beyond the top sights to areas such as Brickfields, Little India, and Chinatown, and to feast on the city’s unforgettable food. You’ll also have time to take in some of the spectacular natural attractions that await outside the urban borders. Here’s how.
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
Jalan Lembah Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, 50480
There is a charge to visit the Islamic Arts Museum, and exhibits are clearly labeled in English, meaning there’s no need for a guide. However, the collection is spread over around 320,000 square feet (30,000 square meters) across three floors and can take a while to experience. Time-pressed travelers might prefer to join a museum tour, which is often bundled with nearby attractions such as the National Mosque, the Planetarium, the National Monument, and Perdana Botanical Garden.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is a must for fans of history and culture.
The gift shop is a great place to shop for souvenirs.
There is no formal dress code at the Islamic Arts Museum, but you may feel uncomfortable if you flash a lot of flesh.
The Islamic Arts Museum is fully wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Islamic Arts Museum sits behind the National Mosque on the edge of the Perdana Botanical Garden (Lake Gardens) in central Kuala Lumpur. It’s about a mile (1.5 kilometers) from the nearest MRT station, Pasar Seni, so many travelers prefer to join a tour that includes door-to-door round-trip transfers in air-conditioned comfort.
When to Get There
The Islamic Arts Museum is open from morning to early evening, seven days a week, closing only once a year—for the holiday of Hari Raya Aidilfitri (the Muslim festival that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan). While rarely very crowded, it can get busy on Malaysian public holidays and weekends.
Islamic Art in Southeast Asia
Although its collection comes from around the world, the focus of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is on Islamic art from southeast Asia and China. Even lovers of Islamic art will find something new here, from Chinese ceramics with Islamic calligraphy to Malay Muslim astronomical texts. Be sure to note the museum’s intricate dome and tilework.
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- National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)
- Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur Cruise Port)
- Jamek Mosque (Masjid Jamek)
- Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park
- National Museum
- Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
- Perdana Botanical Garden (Lake Gardens)
- Sri Mahamariamman Temple
- Central Market (Pasar Seni)
- Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
- Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)
- Illusion 3D Art Museum
- Kuala Lumpur Little India (Jalan Masjid India)
- Chan See Shu Yuen Temple
- Kuala Lumpur Chinatown