An independent museum (not sponsored by the government of Malaysia) which aims to collect the finest of artwork from all over the Islamic world. Like most museums in Malaysia the museum is divided by three sections, Malay, Indian and Chinese, to reflect the three majority groups of the country. In addition you will find sections on architecture (prominent mosques around the world in miniature models), textiles, ceramics, jewelry, glass, and manuscripts including Korans. I can say with ease that this is one of the most beautiful museums in the world, and travelers to KL would be crazy to not set a half day aside to visit this museum.
In Penang the mansion houses are very much worth a visit. Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a lot of fun, you will find the Malaysian Chinese or Baba Nyonya culture reflected in the way the house is decorated. Also fun to see is the mixage of vintage 1950s German tv sets (one wonders what was being broadcast in Malaysia in 1950!) and radios and gramophones. The ladies of the house made a lot of silver wire sculptures of trees which are festooned with little Chinese fairies..In this photo you are seeing one view of the drawing room, as seen from the central courtyard, natural light is coming from the skylight or atrium.