The world-famous 1001 Inventions show launched at Malaysia's National Science Centre today, beginning a three-year tour of the country. The award-winning exhibition will be open to the public at Kuala Lumpur's Pusat Sains Negara until February 2014.
1001 Inventions 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.
1001 Inventions has already received more than three million visitors at blockbusters residencies in London, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Istanbul, Abu 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."
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.
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 Gulf region. 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.
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.
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."
The Malaysian tour of 1001 Inventions is organised by Science Discoveries Sdn Bhd in partnership with the National Science Centre. Science Discoveries has previously brought several science exhibitions to Malaysia from the London Science Museum. The exhibition is open daily from 9am to 5pm.
The 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.