Bellerive Room – Aga Khan Museum


The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is a museum of Islamic art, Iranian (Persian) art, and Muslim culture located in Toronto, Canada. It was founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, and opened to the public in 2014. The museum houses a permanent collection of over 1,000 objects spanning over 1,400 years of history, including ceramics, metalwork, calligraphy, textiles, and paintings.

The Bellerive Room is a gallery within the museum that is dedicated to the art of the book in the Islamic world. It is named after the Bellerive Room in the Château de Bellerive in Switzerland, where many of the manuscripts in the collection were originally housed. The collection includes some of the world’s oldest and most beautiful Islamic manuscripts, dating from the 8th to the 19th century, as well as early printed books and contemporary works of art.

In addition to the Bellerive Room, the museum also features galleries dedicated to contemporary art, as well as exhibitions and programs exploring the diversity of Muslim cultures and their contributions to world heritage. The museum also houses a library and archive that is open to scholars and researchers.


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