Australia opens first Islamic museum in Melbourne
A unique combination of art, history and heritage
Located in Melbourne's capital of Victoria, the new Islamic Museum of Australia features five permanent gallery spaces: Islamic Faith, Islamic Art, Islamic Contribution to Civilisation, Islamic Architecture, and Australian Muslim History.
The one-of-a-kind creative space also includes an exhibition centre that will host national and international exhibitions, educational resources and a café (who's owner is Samira El Khafir, a last year finalist from the programme, Master Chef Australia).
The Victorian government, which provided $454,000 towards the not-for-profit museum, said they want to share the "rich artistic heritage of Muslims in Australia, by shining a light on the many contributions Muslims have made to culture and civilization throughout time".
"We deeply value the Islamic community's contribution to our State's cultural scene and we have been very proud to support this project which showcases the contemporary and historical heritage of the Islamic faith," Victorian government minister Louise Asher said.
The museums main goal is to build bridges of understanding and awareness about Islamic culture across its multicultural landscape.
"This museum will give the Victorian community an opportunity to discover and build a better understanding of Islamic arts, culture and heritage." Asher expresses.