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Exhibitions at Islamic Museum of Australia

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by Lady Tennyson (subscribe)
I'm a mum, teacher and published writer who loves travel, vintage, art and history.
Published May 2nd 2015
History, culture, art and heritage at the Islamic Museum
Curiosity and interest brought me to the Islamic Museum of Australia. I was interested to know more after I stumbled across it on an internet search.

As I drove up Anderson Road in Thornbury I was anxiously trying to find the Museum, but the shabby industrial buildings obstructed my view. Then, when I finally saw it towards the end of the road, I was so impressed and excited by the beauty of the architecture. With its oxidised iron slabs forming an interesting and imposing frontage there is a feeling that it somehow lives perfectly on that industrialised street and as you enter this unique building it is even more beautiful inside.



Panels of perforated oxidised iron creates a sculptural focal point that shields the large glass window panels and forms captivating pockets of diffused light and shadow which fills the lobby and corridor. The extremely courteous and welcoming Museum attendant, who gave me an overview of the exhibitions with enthusiasm, said that if you stand back and look at the perforations from a distance you can see the outline shapes of Australian animals.





The Museum is a community foundation with the vision of establishing a leading cultural institution. It showcases the arts, history, culture, and rich heritage of Islam and Muslim societies in Australia and around the world.



There are 5 permanent gallery spaces.

The first explains Islamic faith. It addresses important matters from fasting, prayer, the role of women, to Islamic dress. I personally found fascinating the connections with The Bible and the acceptance of Jesus (known as Isa) within The Prophetic Family Tree. I wasn't previously aware of the parallels and it was a wonderful learning experience.

Detail of the Prophetic Family Tree panels


The second gallery space showcases Islamic contribution to civilisation in the fields of Astronomy, Maths, Navigation, Medicine, Literature and more.



The third gallery space consists of modern art, mosaics, calligraphy and intricate artwork. One of my favourite pieces was a mosaic titled The Jewelled Peacock (2009) by Melbourne artist Anisa Sharif.

The Jewelled Peacock (2009), hand crafted mosaic, art glass




The fourth gallery features information about Islamic Architecture from The Taj Mahal to spectacular buildings in Spain and Persia.



The fifth gallery is the Australian Muslim History Exhibition which I found very interesting. It featured photos, memorabilia and profiles on Muslim Australians that have contributed to Australian society, such as the Australian war hero Moheddeen Abdul Ghias 'Bob' Howsan who served in the Royal Australian Air Force in World War II.




The gift shop also had some lovely items ranging from decorative arts to books.
For more information about the Islamic Museum of Australia visit their website.

Some items for sale at the gift shop



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When: Tues to Sat 10am to 4pm
Phone: 1300 915 171
Where: Islamic Museum of Australia
Cost: Adults $12, Concession $10, FREE for children under 5
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