Aga Khan Museum opens in Toronto

 Toronto  |  22 September 2014  |  AMA  |  Tweet  |  LinkedIn

The first Islamic art museum in North America, the Aga Khan museum in Toronto, opened to the public on 18 September 2014.

The museum was entirely financed by Prince Karim Aga Khan at a cost of over $274 million, with the aim of allowing more people to understand Islam and promote diversity. It holds over 1,000 pieces which mostly originate from Khan’s family collection, including rare manuscripts of the Quran. The objects on display, such as a piece of carved marble from 10th-century Spain, aim to show the accomplishments of muslim civilisations from the Iberian Peninsula to China. The building itself is over 10,000 square metres and is designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, a previous winner of the Pritzer Architecture Prize. The Aga Khan Development Network, who created the building, have also created the adjacent Ismaili centre, dedicated to the denomination of Islam of which Aga Khan is the spiritual leader.

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