The Islamic world (Room 34)

The John Addis Gallery
7th century AD – present

Please note: in October 2018, the Museum will open the new Albukhary Foundation Galleries of the Islamic world on the upper floor. In order to prepare objects for the new galleries, Room 34 (the John Addis Gallery of the Islamic world) will be closed from 5 February 2018.

You can find out more about the new galleries by reading our Islamic World gallery press release 

The term ‘Islamic’ is used in Room 34 to define the culture of peoples living in lands where the dominant religion is Islam. The displays explore Islamic faith, art, calligraphy and science, and Islam’s prominence amongst world cultures.

Objects such as gilded glass mosque lamps, tiles featuring calligraphic decoration, metalwork and early scientific instruments give a geographical and chronological view of the history and art of the Islamic lands. There is also a changing display of works on paper.