The award-winning blockbuster exhibition, “1001 Inventions”, will start its premier tour at the National Science Centre, Kuala Lumpur, from June this year.
Recognised as the world’s best touring exhibition by the Museum and Heritage Excellence Awards in London in 2011, the groundbreaking “1001 Inventions” showcase has already received more than three million visitors during its record-breaking residencies in London, Istanbul, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC and the Middle East.
The Malaysian version of the exhibition will feature more than 60 exhibits, providing visitors of all ages with a hands-on, interactive and state-of-the-art family-friendly experience.
The exhibition gives a unique opportunity for Malaysians and tourists to witness first-hand the wonders of scientific inventions during the Muslim civilisation.
The Malaysian tour entitled “1001 Inventions: Glorious Muslim Civilisation” will be organised in partnership with Kuala Lumpur-based Science Discoveries Sdn Bhd, which had previously brought several science exhibitions to Malaysia in partnership with the London Science Museum.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said Malaysia would be the first Asian destination for the showcase as the country is an ideal destination for hosting events and exhibitions of international standing.
She said Malaysia as a progressive and advanced Islamic country is also the best place to host the phenomenal exhibition.
“The interactive exhibition will boost our tourism industry and further enhance our rating as the world’s top Islamic tourism destination,” she said at a press conference in Putrajaya yesterday.
Also present were Ministry of Tourism Deputy Minister Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit, secretary-general Datuk Dr Ong Hong Peng and Science Discoveries Sdn Bhd managing director David Oh.
Dr Ng said the bilingual (Malay-English) exhibition will also tour other states in Malaysia.
The 1001 Inventions Exhibition is a global educational initiative that promotes awareness of the scientific and cultural achievements of the Muslim civilisation from the seventh century onwards and how these contributions helped build the foundation of the modern world today.
It features a diverse range of exhibits, interactive displays and dramatisation, and shows how modern inventions, spanning fields such as engineering, medicine and design, can trace their roots back to early Muslim civilisation.