Showcasing the vibrancy of Muslim-Australians, past and present

Showcasing the vibrancy of Muslim-Australians, past and present

Established in 2010, the Islamic Museum of Australia (IMA) has become an educational showcase of the cultural heritage of Muslims living in Australia, by providing a cross-cultural experience through a variety of arts and artefacts.

The museum was established as a not-for-profit by Moustafa Fahour and is the first centre of its kind in Australia to showcase a diverse range of Islamic arts including architecture, calligraphy, paintings, glass, ceramics and textiles.

Visitors of the Melbourne gallery can gain a deeper understanding of being an Australian Muslim through the five permanent galleries – Islamic Faith, Islamic Contributions to Civilisation, Art, Architecture and Australian Muslim History.

Head Curator of the Museum Jake Carter said the museum plays an important role in dispelling the common myths about the Islamic faith though the various galleries and exhibitions.

“In our current socio-political climate, Islamic Museum of Australia plays a vital role in countering the predominantly divisive public discourse surrounding Islam,” he said.

“By showcasing a wealth of contemporary artistic expression and an extensive cultural heritage, IMA facilitates space for critical reflection and personal interpretation, and in the act of sharing, common myths and prejudices are dispelled and mutual understanding is established.”

The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

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Anisha Mistry

As the Editor of CulturalPulse, Anisha is passionate about listening to, writing and sharing stories of Australia's multicultural achievement. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: editor@culturalpulse.com.au