KUALA LUMPUR (KL) - MALAYSIA CAPITAL

PLACES OF INTEREST : Museums

 
 

KUALA LUMPUR offers museum-lovers and connoisseurs of the arts and crafts many spots to indulge their time. Its museums, memorials, art galleries and craft centres showcase unique and absorbing collections of the fine objects d? art and exhibits that will enhance the visitors experience of the country. Look out for special exhibitions or events held by these establishments throughout the year.

 
 

NATIONAL MUSEUM

Jalan Damansara

 

Malaysia?s premier museum located on the fringe of the KL Lake Gardens serves as a repository for the nation?s rich history and heritage. Built in 1963, its fa?de features a Minangkabau styled roof and two impressive front murals. Trace the nation?s development over the decades in its four main galleries: Culture, Faces of Malaysia, Natural History and Weaponry, Traditional Musical Instruments & Ceramics.

 

Among the highlights here are the collection of keris or the Malay dagger, ceramics from the Ming Dynasty and traditional musical instruments from various parts of Asia. Outdoor displays include vintage cars, an old steam locomotive and a replica of an old Malay palace. Thematic exhibitions are held from time to time.

 

Entrance: RM2 (Adults), RM1 (Children). Free for children under 12 years.

Opening hours: 9.00am - 6.00pm daily

Tel: 03-2282 6255

 

Getting There:

Take the Putra LRT, KL Monorail or KTM Komuter train to KL Sentral Station. From here, taxis are the most convenient mode of transport to the museum.

 
 
 

NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Jalan Raja

 

Discover the wealth of Malaysia?s historical heritage in this museum. Housed in the old Chartered Bank Building, the three-storey structure dating to 1891 is designed with arches on the ground floor and four corner domes covered with Belian timber, a Malaysian hardwood. On display are artefacts from the pre-historic era to the nation?s independence. Its treasured items include the table used to sign the Pangkor Treaty in 1874, which marked the beginning of British intervention in the Malay states, as well as the first Federation of Malaya flag which was raised to signify independence in 1957. Another prized possession is the mural which depicts Hang Tuah, the legendary Malay warrior.

 

Entrance: Free

Opening hours: 9.00am - 6.00pm daily.

Tel: 03-2694 4590 / 91 / 92

 

Getting There:

Take the Putra or STAR LRT to the Masjid Jamek Station. The museum is a 10-minute walk away. It is also a short walk from Merdeka Square.

 
 
 

ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM

Jalan Lembah Perdana

 

The museum provides an insight into the beauty of Islamic arts and the great civilisation that inspired it. The various themed galleries exhibit priceless treasures such as Islamic manuscripts, ceramics & glassware, metalwork, arms & armours, textiles and coins. Highlights include the Islamic Architecture Gallery which showcases replicas of famous buildings such as the Taj Mahal in India, Masjid Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca as well as the Amir Timur Mausoleum in Uzbekistan.

 

Entrance: RM10 (Adults), RM5 (Children). Free for children under 6 years.

Opening hours: 10.00am - 6.00pm. Closed on Mondays.

Tel: 03-2274 2020

 

Getting There:

Take the KTM Komuter train to the Kuala Lumpur Station. The museum is a 10-minute walk away and overlooks the National Mosque.

 
 
 

CULTURAL CRAFT MUSEUM

Jalan Conlay

 

Located within the Craft Complex, the museum offers fascinating glimpses into the history and development of Malaysian crafts. Life-sized dioramas feature artisans at work, the tools they use to hone their skills, their workplace and their masterpieces.

 

Entrance: RM3 (Adults), RM1 (Children 7 - 12 years).

Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.30pm

Tel: 03-2162 7533

 

Getting There:

Take the Putra LRT to the KLCC Station or KL Monorail to the Raja Chulan Station. From here, taxis are the most convenient mode of transport to the museum.

 
 
 

ASIAN ARTS MUSEUM

University Of Malaya

 

Situated within the University of Malaya campus, this museum showcases the creations of Asian artists. Displays include fine examples of local and Asian art pieces such as sculptures, ceramics and textiles. Students and researchers will be pleased to find materials on Asian art films, slides and pictures.

 

Entrance: Free

Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tel: 03-7967 3805

 

Getting There:

Take the Putra LRT to the Universiti Station. From here, Putraline feeder buses ply the campus grounds at regular intervals.

 
 
 

PUCUK REBUNG MUSEUM GALLERY

3rd Floor, Suria KLCC (Ampang Mall Wing) Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)

 

This gallery museum houses a splendid collection of artefacts from the ancient Malay world, dating to the 12th century. On display are fine pieces of antique fabrics, metalwork, jewellery, porcelain and pottery, crystal and contemporary art. For some unique souvenir items, choose from the various gifts and collectibles on sale.

 

Entrance: Free

Opening hours: 10.00am - 10.00pm daily.

Tel: 03-2382 1109

 

Getting There:

Take the Putra LRT to the KLCC Station and follow the signages to get to Suria KLCC.

 
 
 

BANK NEGARA MONEY MUSEUM & ART CENTRE

Jalan Dato' Onn

 

This museum located within Bank Negara or the Central Bank of Malaysia traces the evolution of money and provides an insight into how people traded in ancient times before money was invented. The collection includes coins from the Malay Sultanate, colonial money, private tokens, commemorative issues and world currencies. Highlights are the cockerel-shaped barter currency used in 1710 in Kedah and brass items used in Borneo until the 20th century. Its Art Centre houses a collection of works by local artists.

 

Entrance: Free

Opening hours: 9.00am - 4.30pm (Mondays to Fridays).

Tel: 03-2698 8044 ext. 7648

 

Getting There:

Take the KTM Komuter train to the Bank Negara Station or the STAR LRT to the Bandaraya Station. The bank is a short walk away.

 
 
 

MAYBANK NUMISMATIC MUSEUM

1st Floor, Maybank Tower, Jalan Tun Perak

 

This museum houses an impressive collection of coins and notes from the early days of Malaya until the present time. It also serves as a centre of research into Malaysia?s numismatic history.

 

Entrance: Free

Opening hours: 10.00am - 4.30pm (Mondays to Fridays). Closed on weekends and public holidays.

Tel: 03-2074 7418

 

Getting There:

Take the STAR LRT to the Plaza Rakyat Station. The museum is a 5-minute walk away.

 
 
 

NATIONAL COMMUNICATION MUSEUM (TELEKOMUZIUM)

Junction of Jalan Raja Chulan and Jalan Gereja

 

This museum showcases 120 years of telecommunications development, from the early days of the Morse Code telegraph to the digital networks of today.

 

Entrance: Free

Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm. Closed on Mondays.

Tel: 03-2031 9966

 

Getting There:

Take the Putra or STAR LRT to the Masjid Jamek Station and walk along Jalan Tun Perak towards the Maybank Tower. Turn left into Jalan Raja Chulan. The museum is a stone?s throw away.

 
 
 
 
PLACES OF INTEREST : Museums
KUALA LUMPUR (KL) - MALAYSIA CAPITAL