All across Europe you can find museums about every topic possible: from history, to contemporary art to fashion. The list is endless. Some of these museums display Islamic related collections and others are dedicated to Islamic art. Here is a short list of museums you should visit when searching for Islamic art in Europe.
1. British Museum – London
The British Museum has been displaying Islamic collections. This year, the Abdulkhary Foundation Gallery of Islamic collection will open on 18 October. This collection is all about discovering and exploring the Islamic world including objects from West Africa to Southeast Asia, from the 7thcentury until the present day.
2. Museum of Islamic Art – Berlin
The Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin is the second oldest and most important museum for Islamic art around the world. It is located at the Pergamonmuseum on the Museum Island. The museum does not only display art pieces from the Islamic societies, but also from Christian and Jewish communities living among them.
3. Musée du Louvre – Paris
The department of Islamic Art at Musée du Louvre exhibits artistic creations from the 7th century to the 19th century, including architectural elements, metalwork, ceramics, textiles and carpets, manuscripts and many more.
4. Benaki Museum – Athens
Athens Benaki Museum is home to a permanent Islamic art collection that includes pieces from India, Persia, Middle East, Spain, North Africa and Mesopotamia. The Museum is located in the same area as the Doric temple of Hephaestus and the Museum of ancient Kerameikos necropolis.
5. David Collection – Copenhagen
The Collection of Islamic Art in this museum is not only the largest collection in the museum, but also by far the largest in Scandinavia. In the Western world, this collection belongs to the ten most important. Art pieces are organized according to dynasties and geography, materials, and their cultural-historical themes.