National Museum, Muzium Negara, Kuala Lumpur
The National Museum (Muzium Negara) palatial building was designed based on classical Malay architecture. It was built in 1963 on the site of the old Selangor Museum, which was destroyed during WWII, to serve as a repository of Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage and as the centre for imparting knowledge on the country’s historical past. The National Museum (Muzium Negara) consist of a large central main entrance hall that is flanked by two exhibition wings. The two large murals on the exterior of the exhibition wings depicts scenes of the country – the mural on the rights depicts the culture and customs of Malaysian while the one on the left chronicals the historical episodes of the nations.
Enter the vast building through its imposing entrance and you will find an impressive collection of artifacts on local history, culture and customs, art and handicraft, crafts (kites, shadow play, weaving), flora and fauna, weapons and currencies.
The various galleries housed within the National Museum provide interesting insights into the country’s development – Historical Gallery, Cultural Gallery, Metalworks and Musical Instrument Gallery, National Sports Gallery and the National History Gallery.
At the rear are old Malaysian motor vehicles, including a fire engine and the Rolls Royce used by Malaysia’s first prime minister.
Guided tours by appointment.
Open: 9am – 6pm (Daily)
Admission: RM 2, Children below 12 years: Free
Located south of Tasik Perdana, at the edge of the Lake Gardens.