Our GEMgirl and Creative Writing Intern, Mishal Dar, visited the Aga Khan Museum last month. We asked her to write about her experience so we could share it with all of our GEM supporters, hoping to inspire others to visit. Her stunning experience is captured here.

Approaching the Aga Khan Museum at its main entrance is like walking up to a pretty white treasure box that you know holds many valuables inside. Once you have sufficiently recovered from seeing the beautiful gardens out front, the inside of the building will equally capture your attention as you walk by a lovely courtyard on your way to the exhibition rooms.

The moment you walk into the first room, you are transported into a realm of quite wonderment, where you can enjoy the beauty of each artifact in peace. The low lighting and crème coloured walls do much to create a calming atmosphere, making the stars of the show the artifacts.

From large brass candlesticks to vibrant cloth paintings to intricately illuminated Qur’ans, the artifacts are so varied that you will never be bored. Ceramic bowls boasting vivid shades of teal and azure sit next to beautiful wooden carvings, while in the center of the room sits a massive Persian carpet. My personal favourite is a delicate, pink scallop shell with tiny inscriptions carved into it. The collection leaves you breathless so that by the end of it you really do want to just sit in the courtyard and take a moment to absorb it all.

The Aga Khan Museum is a truly unique and inspiring experience for art lovers and history buffs alike. The diverse collection of artifacts, and even the building that they are housed in, won’t fail to capture your imagination and transport you into the ancient Middle East where Islamic artists work diligently at creating their master pieces.