National Museum, Kuala Lumpur

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Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur 50566 +60 3 2282 6255

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    Appreciating Malay culture

    by berenices Written Nov 12, 2011
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    A visit to the Museum is essential in order to have a better appreciation of Malay culture -- its richness, its role in the history of the Southeast Asian region. The museum is not so huge, mainly occupying 2 stories, but it has very interesting collections, and have a wealth of information though not too much that it overwhelms. One wing is devoted to prehistory, with artifacts dating from the Neolithic age, and bones and skulls of early man (remember, Java man was discovered in this part of Asia). Also displayed are menhirs which i found to be much more interesting than the ones found in Europe (see my photo). Another wing is devoted to the glory days of the Malay sultanate -- the elegance of their attire, their jewelry, the weaponry. What is striking is how the major religions and cultures have converged in the archipelago all through the centuries, where each have found its unique place -- a testament to the high degree of tolerance with which they were allowed to practice, and even, flourish.

    The museum has an ongoing exhibit (until early 2012, i believe) which is very much worth visiting -- Treasures from the Shipwrecks, housed in a small building annexed to the main. As the archipelago was a major trading port, all ships which traded valuable goods in Asia passed through the straits. Some were not so lucky -- either from the storms or from pirate attacks. The sea around the straits, thus, is rich in these finds, and what are exhibited in the museum come from about 2 decades of salvage and research. They are very impressive, most are exquisite decorative objects of high value -- impressive not only in their beauty, but also in their preservation.

    The exhibit charges a separate ticket (about 2 euros), while the permanent collection also charges separately (about 1 euro). Three hours or half a morning is enough for a good visit.

    There is a cafeteria near the entrance which serves meals and snacks. The meals can be either from the buffet or ordered separately. The buffet has a lot of choices, and quite good (rather home-like cooking), and very cheap (about 2 euros, including drinks). Toilets, (as public toilets elsewhere in the country) which are adjacent to the cafeteria charge .30 ringgit.

    The only thing I didn't like about the museum is the lack of seats, or places to rest. There are none inside the rooms, and only very few (which can seat only 3) in the main lobby. Not friendly at all, especially to the elderly, and to the weary tourists. Also that the toilets are located outside the building, quite far for, again especially the elderly.

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    National Museum Of Malaysia

    by cal6060 Updated Sep 13, 2011

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    National Museum of Malaysia is away from the KL city center. It has traditional Malay house architecture. I personally does not impress with it, and the museum has poor maintenance of the facade. This two-story building has four major galleries to illustrated the history, cultures, customs, and religions of Malaysia.

    Gallery A: Early History including Sundaland, Perak Man, Dongson Drum, and Buddha Gupta Stone.

    Gallery B: The Malay Kingdoms including trade routes, Malacca, Islam, and Keris.

    Gallery C: The Colonial Era including The Portuguese, The Dutch, The British, and The Japanese.

    Gallery D: Malaysia Today including Post-War Era, 1948-1960 Emergency, 1957 Independence, and Modern Malaysia.

    If you want to learn the history and culture of Malaysia, this would be a great place to start.

    Admission: RM5 per Adult.

    Opening Hours: 9am-6pm.

    Guide Tours with different languages available.

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    National Museum

    by limledi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Malaysia's premier museum located on the fringe of the KL Lake Gardens serves as a repository for the nation's rich history & heritage. Its facade features a styled roof & 2 impressive front murals. It has 4 main galleries: Cullture, Face of Malaysia, Natural History & Weaponry, Traditional Musical Instruments & Ceramics. Highlights are Malay dagger, ceramics from Ming Dynasty & musical instruments from parts of Asia. Outdoor displays include vintage cars, old steam locomotive & a replica of old Malay palace.

    Entrance RM2 Adults, RM1 Kids
    Opens 9am-6pm daily

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    Visiting The National Museum Of Malaysia

    by Bix10 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I always believe to make a point to visit the National Museum of the country I'm visiting. One would of course unable to store in all the historical details but would inevitably have a general knowledge of how the particular country was formed or what she has been through.

    The Malaysian National Museum is located at Jalan Damansara. There are a few routes where one can take. The site itself used to be the Selangor Museum, which is one of the fourteen states in the Federation of Malaysia. Construction of the Museum started in 1961 after a few terrible incidents during World War I and World War II and completed in 1965 - the same year it was opened to public.

    The Museum consists of local history, culture, traditions, arts & crafts, local flora and fauna as well as defence systems. It's a good place to start off to learn about the country.

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    Muzium Negara (National Museum)

    by mansionion Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The site of the Muzium Negara - on a hill facing Jalan Travers - was originally the site for the old Selangor Museum which was opened in 1906 and later accidentally destroyed by the Allied forces during the World War 2. In 1952, a small new building was erected at the same site to display national treasures and was officially opened by the British Resident then, Sir Gerald Templer. Upon independence, the small building was demolished in 1959 to make way for the present museum which was officially opened in August 1963.

    The Museum Negara was built in the style of a Malay palace. It 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. The museum was later extended in the 1990s to include a library, an auditorium and an additional exhibition hall for thematic exhibitions.

    The museum houses various galleries with different themes - Historical Gallery, Cultural Gallery, Metalworks and Musical Instrument Gallery, National Sports Gallery and the National History Gallery. Apart from the permanent exhibits, the musueum also holds regular thematic exhibitions, most noteably its Treasures from the Graves, Enduring Beauty and World of Ghosts exhibits that drawn large crowd of curious visitors.

    Visiting hours are from 9am to 6pm daily with RM1.00 entrance fee.

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    National Museum

    by Airpunk Written Jan 26, 2011

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    The National Museum is housed in a building which resembles a traditional Malaysian house, but is still a modern one. Here, you will learn about the history of the country for a ridiculously low entry fee. The Museum is divided into four parts: Pre-historics, tribes and ancient kingdoms, colonial times and modern Malaysia. As Dutch history is one of my main fields of interests, the Dutch colonial time was my favourite part. But the others were as well too. Exhibits were presented in a modern atmosphere and easily accessible to the visitors. Only the part showing modern Malaysia reminded me of state propaganda at some points and it was also difficult to remember most of the names of the people who led Malaysia into independence.
    The open air exhibition has little structure, but will show some larger items of Malaysian history. This contains a steam engine train as well as the first example of the first Malaysian-made car, the Proton Saga (based on the Mitsubishi Lancer) from 1985.

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    Outdoor Exhibits

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 21, 2010

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    In the vicinity of the museum building, there are a number of outdoor displays of transportation in Malaysia, past and present. An interesting exhibit is the Melaka Bullock Cart which closely resembles the early American horse-drawn wagon. Of unparalleled interest are the Steam Locomotive made by Kitson & Co, England, which was put into service in 1921 until it ceased operation in 1969. It covered 1.5 million rail miles; a Tin Dredge which resembles a floating factory, on a natural or artificial lake. A major achievement of Malaysia is the manufacture of the first national car – the Proton Saga 1.3 litre, on April 18, 1985.

    Open: 9am-6pm every day. Admission: RM2.

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    The Colonial Era

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 21, 2010
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    This gallery exhibits items from Malaysia's colonial period from when the Portuguese first arrived in 1511, through the Dutch period until the end of the British period in the 1950's. There's also an area devoted to the Japanese occupation during World War II.

    Open: 9am-6pm every day. Admission: RM2.

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    The Malay Kingdoms

    by Willettsworld Updated Aug 21, 2010

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    The proto-Malay states of Gangga Negara and Majapahit are referenced, as well as the later Muslim Sultanate of Malacca and the various states of Malaysia. Exhibits on display here include various weapons, pots, pans and utensils, musical instruments, arts and crafts, ceramics and costumes.

    Open: 9am-6pm every day. Admission: RM2.

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    Early History

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 21, 2010
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    The ground floor showcases the geographic and natural history of the Malay peninsula starting with the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Exhibits on display include flint and stone tools, axes, and pre-historic remains.

    Open: 9am-6pm every day. Admission: RM2.

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    National Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 21, 2010

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    The National Museum was designed by a local architect, Ho Kok Hoe, in 1959, shortly after Malaya gained independence. The museum building reflects the form of a traditional Malay palace, and is decorated with historical Malay motifs. It was officiated on Merdeka Day, 31st August, 1963, by the 3rd King of Malaya. The museum houses four main galleries allotted to ethnology and natural history. The displays range from free-standing tableaux showing cultural events like weddings, festivals and costumes; to traditional weapons, musical instruments, arts and crafts, ceramics, and flora and fauna.

    In the vicinity of the museum building, there are a number of outdoor displays of transportation in Malaysia, past and present. An interesting exhibit is the Melaka Bullock Cart which closely resembles the early American horse-drawn wagon. Of unparalleled interest are the Steam Locomotive made by Kitson & Co, England, which was put into service in 1921 until it ceased operation in 1969. It covered 1.5 million rail miles; a Tin Dredge which resembles a floating factory, on a natural or artificial lake. A major achievement of Malaysia is the manufacture of the first national car – the Proton Saga 1.3 litre, on April 18, 1985. Another attraction of the Museum is an original-size old Terengganu timber palace known as Istana Satu. It was erected by Sultan Zainal Abidin III, Sultan of Terengganu in 1884 in the compound of Kota Istana Maziah, Kuala Terengganu.

    Open: 9am-6pm every day. Admission: RM2.

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    Definitely worth a Visit

    by cafank Written Jun 25, 2010

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    I enjoyed this museum very much. Not knowing much of the history of Malaysia I was really impressed with the place.

    I spent a couple of hours here and could have stayed longer. There are four main galleries with everything from cultural exhibits to weapons, ceramics and glass and so much more. One of my favourites was the display of old vehicles.

    There are a couple of other fgalleries which have periodic exhibits, only one was open when I was there and it was an exhibit of old cultural items.

    You can also get a cheap meal here at a cafe which is used by staff and local workers.
    Admission was about 2RM and is open most days but check if it is a religious holiday time.

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    National Museum (Museum Negara)

    by SLLiew Written Nov 4, 2008

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    Used to be a great museum where you can see the history of Malaysia and the artefacts and history of the major ethnic cultures of Malaysia.

    Unfortunately, it has been given rather negative comments due to the choices made on types of exhibits displayed. The Museum has also been undergoing slow renovation.

    The external view of the building of the museum, a brick building with traditional Malay roof and outside mural painting is still attractive. But if you have visited national museums in other countries, you may be disappointed.

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    The Country's most important "Muzium"

    by Kakapo2 Written Jun 10, 2008

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    The country’s most important museum - Muzium Negara in Malay - is located on the fringes of Lake Park on top of a hill.

    The palace-like building is a brilliant example of Malay architecture. The building is topped by a huge roof in the Menangkabau style. Italian mosaics adorn the façade at both sides of the main entrance.

    The building, which replaced the original museum that was destroyed in World War II, consists of a large central main entrance hall, and that is flanked by two exhibition wings. You find everything about Malaysia’s history and rich culture including a huge library.

    Even if you have limited time do not miss this museum. At least have a look at its architecture and the outdoor display area which includes old locomotives, vintage cars and replicas of ancient Malay palaces.

    Open daily 9am – 6pm

    Admission 1 RM

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    Visit The National Museum

    by kelnsha Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    It was built on the site of the old Selangor Museum which was destroyed during world war II.

    There are colourful displays on Malaysia's history, economy, arts, crafts (kites, shadow play, weaving) and explanations on the Malay culture including circumcision. At the rear are old Malaysian motor vehicles including a fire engine and the Rolls Royce used by Malaysia's first prime minister.

    The opening hours are from 9am to 6pm daily.

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