1001 Inventions Asian Premiere in Kuala Lumpur

Published Date: 
2 October 2013

Official Launch by Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia (source)

KUALA LUMPUR, OCTOBER 02, 2013 – Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister launched the internationally renowned 1001 Inventions show at the National Science Centre today. The award-winning exhibition, which was declared the world’s best by the European museums Industry in 2011, will welcome visitors at Kuala Lumpur’s Pusat Sains Negara until February 2014.

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The exhibition was officially opened by the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin bin Mohd Yassin, who is also the patron of 1001 Inventions in Malaysia, at a lavish ceremony held at the host venue.

Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, was guest of honour
and patron at the official launch event

1001 Inventions has already received more than three million visitors at blockbusters residencies in London, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, IstanbulAbu Dhabi, Doha and Dhahran and recently began a new European tour in Sweden. The exhibition highlights a thousand year period of history when Muslim Civilisation led the world in scientific, technological and cultural achievement – known as the “Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.”

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Ahmed Salim, Producer and Managing Director of the brand, said: ”1001 Inventions features a diverse range of exhibits, hi-tech games, interactive displays and dramatisation that bring to life historic role models from Muslim Civilsation who will serve as an inspiration for modern Malaysia’s young people to pursue careers in science and technology.”

From the seventh century onwards, men and women of many different faiths and ethnic backgrounds worked together, building on knowledge from ancient civilisations, to make groundbreaking advances in the fields of medicine, engineering, astronomy, agriculture, geology, mathematics, music and architecture. Their achievements still have an impact of the way we live our lives today, and also paved the way for the European Renaissance a millennium later.

Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, taking a closer look at the Al-Jazari's Elephant Clock, which is the main attraction during the exhibition (source)

Mr David Oh Seong Keat, Operations Director of Science Discoveries Sdn Bhd, said: “Malaysia is chosen as the exhibition’s premiere in this region and this will surely help boost our nation’s tourism industry as it is a unique, world class exhibition.

1001 Inventions will also introduce Malaysians to a world of science and technology that will inspire the younger generations to become the pioneering minds of tomorrow,” said Oh.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the “1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilisation” exhibition in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. With him are (from left) Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin, Axiata chief executive officer Datuk Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, National Science Centre director Associate Professor Dr Irmawati Ramli and Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah. Pic by Sairien Nafis (source)

The exhibition has been immensely popular in Europe, America and the Middle East, where a dual language Arabic-English version enjoyed blockbuster residencies across the Arabian peninsula. The Malaysian version of the exhibition features more than 60 exhibits targeting all age groups. This hands-on, interactive and state-of-the-art family-friendly show introduces visitors to the wonders of scientific advancement we have inherited from Muslim Civilisation.

1001 Inventions was voted the world’s best touring exhibition by the Museum and Heritage Excellence Awards in London in 2011, and currently has more than three million online fans on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, watching the students playing educational games in 1001 Inventions Exhibition (source)

Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy five interactive ‘Zones’ that reproduce some of the most astounding inventions of the Golden Ages and demonstrates the broad influence that Muslim Civilisation has had on the way we live our lives today.

Visitors will be introduced to the wonders of Muslim Civilisation through an internationally award-winning educational film The Library of Secrets that is projected onto a five-metre-high screen.

Told as a short story, the 10-minute movie follows the journey of young children exploring the era of the historically mislabeled ‘Dark Ages’ and this will give them a better understanding and appreciation when they start exploring the main exhibition.

Rapt attention: Students from SMK Bukit Bandaraya looking at an interactive exhibit at the 1001 Inventions exhibition at the National Science Centre (Source)

Oscar-winning actor, Sir Ben Kingsley, plays renowned 12th century engineer, Al-Jazari, who introduces the wealth of innovation and advancement that occurred throughout the Muslim World from 7th and 17th centuries.

Ahmed Salim, from 1001 Inventions, stated: “The exhibition is a powerful educational tool that brings the history of Muslim Civilisation to life in high-tech, exciting and engaging ways that will appeal to school children and adults alike.

“The positive messages of public support we have already received have been overwhelming, and we are confident that 1001 Inventions will be as popular in Malaysia as it has been in Europe, America and the Middle East. I’m also confident that the example of inter-racial, inter-religious harmony provided by Muslim Civilisation will also be a powerful message that resonates with the young people who visit our show.”

Deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at 1001 Inventions Exhibition
in Malaysia 
National Science Centre (source)

The launch event was also attended by Datuk Dr. Ewon Ebin, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, and Dr Irmawati Ramli, Director of National Science Centre. 1001 Inventions Malaysia is organised by Science Discoveries Sdn Bhd in partnership with the National Science Centre. Science Discoveries had previously brought several science exhibitions to Malaysia from the London Science Museum. The exhibition is open daily from 9am to 5pm.

1001 Inventions exhibition in Malaysia is sponsored by Axiata Group Berhad and supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Tourism Malaysia and supported by the Ministry of Education. 

About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is a leading and award-winning international science and cultural heritage brand reaching over 60 million people around the world.

1001 Inventions uncovers a thousand years of scientific and cultural achievements from Muslim Civilisation from the 7th century onwards, and how those contributions helped create the foundations of our modern world.

Through its award-winning educational programmes, books, blockbuster exhibitions, live shows, films and learning products, 1001 Inventions showcases the contributions of inspirational men and women of different faiths and cultures in a civilisation that spread from Spain to China.

1001 Inventions, in partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives, have produced a world-class range of exciting and engaging educational experiences, productions, products and resources that are all extensively researched by academics and experts from the UK-based Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation.

Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC)

The Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) is the global academic and knowledge partner for 1001 Inventions. FSTC is an international network of historians, scientists, engineers, educationalists and museum professionals working to popularise awareness of the historic roots of science. By highlighting role models from the past and how their achievements and inventions live on in the modern world, FSTC aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Further information is available on FSTC's popular website: FSTC.org.uk

Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives

Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI) is the global strategic partner for the 1001 Inventions brand. ALJCI is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the ALJ Group, which is a Toyota automobiles distributor in 13 different countries. ALJCI plans and operates numerous global programs, such as poverty-alleviation initiatives, artistic and educational projects and technology innovation grants, including a long history of scholarships for students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more information please visit ALJCI website: www.aljci.org 

Opening Hours

Duration: 6 months (ends 28th February 2014)
Opens 9am-5pm daily 


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Pusat Sains Negara (National Science Centre)
Pusat Sains Negara Persiaran Bukit Kiara, 50662
Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Kiara, Malaysia

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