National Museum, Kuala Lumpur

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Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur 50566 +60 3 2282 6255

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    Museum Negara or National Museum

    by mary2u99 Updated Apr 28, 2007

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    Museum Negara or National Museum was built in the style of a Malay palace. It was build under the direction of the first Prime Minister of Malaysia the late Y.T. Tuanku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj. It housed the cultural Gallery, Natural history Gallery, Weapons and musical instruments and ceramic gallery and Faces of Malaysia gallery.

    Opening hours
    Daily from 9.00am – 6.00pm
    Closed on Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji

    Admission
    RM2.00 – adults and children above 12 years old

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    Museum

    by Kaynisa Updated May 17, 2005

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    The National Museum is modeled after an old-style Malay village house, enlarged to institutional size.
    It consist of galleries, each with its own theme. (The Historical Gallery ,The Cultural Gallery is and many ohters)

    The Metalwork and Musical Instruments Gallery showcases various objects and utensils from kitchenware and ceremonial ornaments to weapons and traditional instruments of Malaysian music.

    The National Museum also holds regular thematic exhibitions featuring specific aspects of life and culture from all over the world.

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    an ok overview

    by ellielou Written Apr 16, 2006

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    hard to reach by public transportation
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    The National Museum looks promising from the outside, however, once inside, it is a bit limited. As is customary in Malaysia, much is made of the three distinct cultures that have had an impact on the country, and there are dioramas of different cultures and cultural practices.

    Curiously enough, for a place that so thoroughly embraces its multicultural heritage, the mannequins in the exhibit all seem to look very Western, Anglo even....

    It's not a bad way to learn a few things about the country, and it provides a good respite from the heat.

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    Muzium Negara (National Museum)

    by mansionion Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Muzium Negara

    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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    Musuem Negara

    by dragontml Updated Jan 2, 2004

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    musuem negara

    It's got loads of history about Malaysia - a very wide variety of explaination from different cultures, festivals, animals and etc...
    An interesting & informative venue to learn more about Malaya / Malaysia.
    Entrance fee is RM2 per person.
    The musuem is closed at 6pm daily.

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    The Country's most important "Muzium"

    by Kakapo2 Written Jun 10, 2008

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    Historic cable car in the courtyard.

    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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    National Museum

    by DunaKal Written Feb 23, 2003

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    The National Museum is a palatial structure adopting the style of old Malay architecture,Inside there are exhibits on local history, culture and traditions, arts and crafts, economic activities, currency, weapons and local flora and fauna.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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