Islamic Museum of Australia, Thornbury

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The Islamic Museum of Australia is a community/not-for-profit foundation with the vision of establishing a leading cultural institution to showcase and preserve the arts, history, culture and rich heritage that Islam and Muslim societies have brought to the world and more importantly Australia.

It will also provide unique cross-cultural and educational services offering fascinating insights into the Muslim Australian experience for visitors and school groups.

The IMA will look to continue the proud tradition that Australia, and namely the State of Victoria, have lead in becoming the Multicultural Hub of the world. This is through working with communities, cultures, faiths and developing centres to educate.
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  • For someone that doesn't know much about Islamic art I was keen to learn. The problem is that I found it hard to understand the art works with the lack of information.  more »
  • I was looking forward to visiting this museum but was sadly disappointed. There are very few actual artifacts on display. There are about 5 antique islamic bowls, a resin camel, 5 surf boards and a fe...  more »
  • Quiet, and tranquil. The building is a stand out and the journey of the history Islam is so informative for people who are not of the faith. The staff were welcoming and helpful. Nice small gift shop ...  more »
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  • Very short visit, but from what I saw, it's a great showcase of the Islamic faith, Islamic history, art, architecture, contributions to knowledge, science, arts, society, and Muslims in Australia.
  • I found this an interesting museum as I don't know a lot about Islam, and to be honest I still don't. It was an okay museum to visit, educational, there was some cool stuff, but there were a few things I found very disappointing. Nearly all their images were from shutterstock. Maybe all the images. I found the stock images used disappointing. It just seemed such an easy road. I know some amazing photographers that are Islamic. I'm sure their work would have kicked ass and given an artistic view of Islam from a more creative perspective of Australian Islamics. I found the use of stock images dis-engaging Some of the really amazing exhibits didn't have a year or were missing information. I loved the modern art room with the designer surf boards and abstract art, and the small cabinet with some ancient stuff. The science room was really interesting too It was interesting reading some of the information about woman and Islam, though I thought perhaps it could have had a bit more detail. There were sculpture stands with nothing on them. What was there? what did I miss? There was an amazing central garden which you couldn't access. Other than that, cheap entry, interesting place and interesting to know when the dark ages where happening in Europe etc, the light ages were happening for Islam. Lets hope humanity can combine ages sometime and get intelligent again..... I haven't tried the cafe yet and have been meaning to. Would have been nice to have a food /education section in the museum too as food is important in all our cultures :) Worth a visit would recommend visiting.
  • Outstanding museum! Very informative and educational.
  • I have experienced your Virtual Reality Tour of the museum. It was amazing.
  • Amazing place with a wealth of knowledge, i highly recommend my fellow Australians to head down with your family to find out some real fact about Islam. Some of my learning, slam shares the same Abrahamic heritage as Judaism and Christianity and, therefore, espouses many similar beliefs and practices. Among them are belief in angels, prophets and scriptures and practices such as prayer, fasting and charity. Adherents are called “Muslims” and number over 1.5 billion. They pray to Allah (the arabic word for God), the same God Jesus worshipped. Jesus called God “Eloi” (Mark 15:34). Arab Jews and Christians call God “Allah”. But they're all the same God. Muslims believe God revealed the same general message to all true prophets but that message was changed over time. To correct these changes God revealed His will a final time in the Qur'an and promised to preserve it. Although preserved, the Qur'an is greatly misunderstood by those without knowledge, including some Muslims. “Holy war” appears no where in the Arabic text and verses about violence do not condone terrorism. Rather they permit self-defense, capital punishment and protecting the weak from oppression. The Qur'an also protects the rights of women and Islam forbids their mistreatment. True Islam teaches spirituality, morality, pure monotheism, modesty, education and serving family and society. It views all humans as equal in the eyes of God, being distinguished only by their deeds. Such deeds will be judged after death by the All-Knowing Creator who will reward or punish with perfect justice.

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