Islamic museum opens in Melbourne
Dubai, March 23, 2014
Australia’s first Islamic art museum - the Islamic Museum of Australia, has been officially opened in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria.
The museum is a not-for-profit organisation with an objective to share the rich artistic heritage of Muslims in Australia, by shining a light on the many contributions Muslims have made to culture and civilisation throughout time, said a statement.
It was described as an outstanding project which reinforces Melbourne's role as a cultural capital by Louise Asher, Minister for Innovation, Minister for Tourism and Major Events, and Minister for Employment and Trade from Victoria, who recently led a Super Trade Mission to the Middle East.
“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.”
“This museum will give the Victorian community an opportunity to discover and build a better understanding of Islamic arts, culture and heritage.”
The museum comprises five permanent gallery spaces - Islamic Faith, Islamic Art, Islamic Contribution to Civilisation, Islamic Architecture, and Australian Muslim History.
It also features an exhibition centre for the hosting of national and international exhibitions, educational resources and a café.
The State Government of Victoria has supported the project through the provision of a A$500,000 ($453,775) grant through the Cultural Precincts and Community Infrastructure Fund. - TradeArabia News Service