The Islamic Museum of Australia is located in the suburb of Thornbury, Melbourne. It was founded as a not-for-profit organisation by former Macquarie Bank executive Mustafa Fahour, and opened in May 2010 by federal Treasurer Joe Hockey.
Group tours are offered from Tuesdays to Saturdays, or visitors can choose to discover the exhibitions at their own pace. The museum aims to display the rich and diverse heritage of Muslims in Australia through the use of Islamic inspired art and historic artefacts. Currently on display is the Journey Through Islamic Civilisation exhibition, which features a range of 15,000 coins from across the Muslim world. The collection belongs to Emirati Abdullah Bin Jassim Al Mutairi.
Samira’s Modern Middle Eastern Café is also located within the museum and is managed by previous MasterChef contestant, and Fahour’s sister, Samira El Khafir.
The museum holds school excursions that feature lessons on Islamic inventions and innovations in science, maths, and history. An online education program is also being developed, after it was approved and funded by the federal government. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated $1 million for the infrastructure of the museum’s education department.