The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada.

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AKM921, Entertainment in a palace garden, ca. 1765-1770, opaque watercolour and gold on paper.

The Aga Khan Museum

The Aga Khan Museum’s permanent collection has over 1,000 artifacts.

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Artist Kevork Mourad (right) in residence at the Aga Khan Museum.

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The 1,428 years of the Ummah embrace many civilisations and are therefore characterised by an astonishing pluralism. In particular, this geographic, ethnic, linguistic and religious pluralism has manifested itself at the most defining moments in the history of the Ummah. The Aga Khan Museum Collection will highlight objects drawn from every region and every period, and created from every kind of material in the Muslim world.

His Highness the Aga Khan
Paris, October 2007

Over 70,000 people have attended education programmes at the Aga Khan Museum.

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Education Programme

First and foremost an educational institution, the Aga Khan Museum illuminates connections between eras and cultures by offering a wide range of programmes for all ages. Illustrated talks, studio programmes, tours, and lectures offer unique opportunities to interact with the Museum’s Collection, exhibitions, and experts.

The Museum also publishes curriculum guides, catalogues, and exhibition guides, sharing its resources widely.

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada.

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Exhibitions and Cultural Programmes

Showcasing a variety of dynamic special exhibitions per year, the Museum both originates exhibitions and partners with cultural institutions around the globe. It presents the arts of Muslim civilisations in all their diversity and through all media, from photography to sculpture, installation art to textiles. In 2019, The Museum’s The Moon: A Voyage Through Time exhibition delighted audiences by exploring the enduring fascination with this enchanting orb in the sky, and looked at the role it has played in faith, science, and the arts across the Muslim world and beyond.

The Museum’s state-of-the-art auditorium hosts live performances of music, theatre, and dance, illuminating deep connections forged over many centuries between the visual and performing arts.

The Aga Khan Museum, which was designed by Fumihiko Maki, features a courtyard through which sunlight and moonlight filters through machrabiya patterns etched in the glass.

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In a personal letter to architect Fumihiko Maki, His Highness the Aga Khan suggested the Museum be designed around the concept of light. Light, His Highness noted, has been an enduring inspiration for the world’s religions and civilisations since earliest times.

Maki responded with a design that invites direct and diffuse light into the building in ingenious ways. The building is positioned 45 degrees to solar north to ensure that all exterior surfaces receive natural light over the course of the day. Angular walls of white Brazilian granite, a material chosen for its resilience and luminosity, enhance the play of light across building surfaces.

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