Islamic Museum of Australia’s held its inaugural Open Museum Day on Sunday 15 April 2018 with over 300 community members, families, supporters and friends braving the rain to participate in a range of free activities on offer!

Visitors were able to participate in guided tours of museum galleries, where they were  delved into the history and significance of museum exhibits and asked their friendly guides questions about Islam along the way.

Our youngest visitors were kept well entertained by a free mosque building activity that saw participants decorate and construct their own model mosque to take home.

Poetry performance by Boonna Mohammed, a renowned slam poetry performer from Canada, rounded the day off with audiences enthralled by his lyrical compilation reflecting on the Prophet Muhammad’s (s) character, values and way of life.

Open Museum Day was  part of Islamic Council of Victoria’s Open Mosque Day initiative in partnership with National Zakat Foundation (NZF). A Zakat Information Booth set up by NZF and two talks focusing on the Islamic rite of Hajj were highly appreciated by the visitors.

Medina Halal Meats, Sizzle for Syria, C & M Residential Services, All Guard Pest Control & Property Solutions for hosted a popular sausage sizzle during the day.

Open Museum Day was a great opportunity for the community to taste the public programs on offer at IMA, as well as visit our current visiting exhibition ‘Ways To Be Muslim’.

IMA will be having another free Open Day on Sunday 6 May to launch a new exhibition ‘Our Grandmothers’ that is part of the Multicultural Museums Victoria ‘Grandmothers’ Project.

Bring your grandma and family along for a range of free activities including:

Free Open Day: Sunday May 6 (10am – 4pm)

11am: A free performance by Aseel Tayah who will reflect on memories of her Palestinian grandmother

12pm: Free story time session for kids with Sherene Hassan OAM with a focus on Women in Islam, Islamic Values and Ethics

1pm – onwards: Free recycled flower making activity for kids (suitable for ages 5+ all materials provided)

IMA is grateful for all the community support received for this exciting day and looks forward to welcoming you for an interactive, cross cultural experience at one of our events, exhibitions and gatherings in the near future!