Last week, Australia's first Islamic Museum opened its doors to the public, aiming to promote harmony and mutual understanding between different cultures and to share the rich artistic heritage of Muslims in Australia.

The new building, located on the banks of Merri Creek trail in Thornbury, was designed by Melbourne-based Desypher Architects with a blend of Middle Eastern and Australian design techniques that represent both the traditional principles of Islamic architecture and the local environment. “One of the most effective ways to promote…