The Aga Khan Museum: A Review

This past weekend, I visited the Aga Khan Museum for the first time. For those who’ve never heard of it, or those planning to check it out, here is a short review.


The Aga Khan Museum opened in Toronto on September 12, 2014, and although I’ve been meaning to check it out for a while, it wasn’t until this past weekend that I finally did.

Before I give my two cents, here is a little about the place:

The Aga Khan is a museum of Islamic art and heritage that includes artefacts from the private collections of The Aga Khan IV, the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, and Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum also host travelling exhibitions.

Now, my two cents:

The staff are very friendly, the building and its grounds are beautiful, and the permanent collection is well curated and worth seeing. That said, if museums aren’t really your thing, or you only go to blockbuster shows, you might find yourself a bit bored. This is a ‘museum-goers’ museum if ever there was one – it’s not flashy or sensational.

As for the travelling exhibitions it hosts, the museum appears to do a great job of attracting good ones. ‘Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation‘ (which closed on January 3rd) was very well reviewed, and its current show ‘Abbas Kiarostami: Doors Without Keys‘ is a nice compliment to the permanent collection.

In summary, if you’re a regular museum goer, you’ll probably dig the Aga Khan Museum. Depending on when you go, you’ll probably dig its travelling exhibitions as well.

One response to “The Aga Khan Museum: A Review

  1. Pingback: Aga Khan Museum: A ‘museum-goers’ museum | David McDonough – Ismailimail

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