The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) was officially opened on December 12, 1998 (23 Syaaban 1419), as a gift to the people of Malaysia and the international community from the Albukhary Foundation, with the assistance of the Malaysian government and the Islamic Department of the Islamic Development of Malaysia (JAKIM).
IAMM is committed in its goal to be the Custodian, Restorer, Preserver and Educator of Islamic Arts. The museum is a non-profit organisation committed to preserving these priceless works of art for future generations.
Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpurís tourist belt amidst the lush greenery and within walking distance to the National Mosque, Birds Park and National Planetarium.
There are two floors of permanent galleries and two special galleries for temporary exhibitions. The permanent galleries are
categorized by artifact material or field of study. Located on Level 3 of the IAMM are some exceptions, the India Gallery, China Gallery and Malay World Gallery. These three galleries serve as representations of the diversity of Islamic peoples and the multi-cultural heritage of Malaysia.
Also located on level 3 are the Architecture Gallery, the Qurans & Manuscripts Gallery and the Ottoman Room - a reconstructed interior of an Ottoman Syrian room dated 1820 - 1821 AD, sponsored by the Standard Chartered bank. On level 4 the Ceramics & Glass Gallery, Metalwork Gallery, Coins Gallery, Woodwork Gallery, Arms & Armour Gallery, Jewellery Gallery, and Textiles Gallery; exhibit collections displayed hematically, according to chronology, region or technique of production.