The second largest religion by its following, the beautiful roots of Islam run deep in the history of the world. In over 1400 of its lavish years, Islam has gifted time with priceless treasures of its beliefs, practices, texts, culture, and tradition. From the magnificent works of Muslim art, the flawless designs of its architecture and the exquisite calligraphy, the list of Islamic museums goes on and on, waiting for you to explore.
Is the passionate traveler inside you awake already? Here are ten of the most amazing Muslim museums you probably don’t know about, but the persuasive treat of Islamic culture and art they beckon you with will give you serious travel goals instantly!
1. Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
The largest Islamic art museum in Southeast Asia, this museum is known best for its avant-garde design, the collection of over seven thousand artifacts, its unique library dedicated to Islamic art books and the well cherished largest scale model of the Masjid al-Haram, Mecca.
2. Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization
Celebrating the timeless glory of the Muslim civilization in UAE, the collection of this museum includes rare artifacts in the number of thousands. The galleries and displays here promise you an unimaginable experience of learning and admiration.
3. America’s Islamic Heritage Museum
Displaying the story of the American Muslims at the former Clara Muhammad School in Washington, DC, the museum helps you trace the history of Islam in America with panels dedicated to various personalities, references of Muslim towns and a large memorabilia from the past, since 2011.
4. The Museum of Islamic Art
Housing a collection of over 103,000 in Cairo, it is counted amongst one of the greatest museums from across the world. From ceramics, glassworks, textiles, and delicate manuscripts from the entire Islamic world, it offers you the complete adventure of the Muslim history with art and savory halal delicacies for your enjoyment.
5. Tareq Rajab Museum
One of the most exciting private ethnographic museums in Kuwait, this museum displays a marvelous collection of ceramics, textiles, metal works, manuscripts, and more from the celebrated days of Islam.
6. The Khalili Collections
Unlike any conventional museum, it is the largest of all the private collections nearly as extensive as twenty thousand! fruit of Professor Nasser D. Khalili efforts it offers you eight of the finest and most comprehensive collections displayed in museums and exhibitions worldwide.
7. International Museum of Muslim Cultures
America’s first museum devoted to glorifying the splendor of the Muslim cultures, it aims for preserving and safeguarding the Islamic heritage for the future generations.
8. Aga Khan Museum
Dedicated to Islamic art, Persian art, and Islamic culture, this museum wonderfully brings you the reminiscent of the Muslim heritage, including the picks from Aga Khan’s own collection as well.
9. Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum
The former palace from the lineage of Suleiman the magnificent, this museum in Istanbul recreates the Islamic life in Turkey from different periods of time. You can find everything from the precious calligraphy to the exquisite works on rugs and tiles here.
10. Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
Displaying a collection of over 8000 in Athens, it presents you the examples from an extensive variation from Egypt, Africa, Middle East, Spain, Persia, Mesopotamia, India, and more. It gives you a beautiful and delicate tracing of the evolution of the Muslim civilization.
Pay a visit to these museums in order to relish the richness of Islamic history and the glory of Muslim culture that these museums have preserved. So, pack your travel bags and get ready to cherish the enigmatic adventure these destinations promise you.