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Discover Malaysia Through its Museums and Gallery.

When travelling, going to a museum is a must activity. By doing this you will understand the shape of Modern Malaysia. In this country we have hundreds of museums spread all over and the notable ones are located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. For some people, they learnt about a country culture, history, issues through arts; as what you may see in Musee du Lourve Paris, The Metropolitan Museum New York or British Museum in London. These are prestigious museums which they keep their national treasures for public viewing, appreciation and research purposes.


“Museums are magical places. They are treasure troves of interesting stuff that make us think and see the world and our place within it differently. They have the power to make us stop and wonder and be curious, to challenge our views, and ask new questions. I have also found them to be filled with magical people who are smart and excited by the work, and the many stories and possibilities that museums hold and can share.

Miriam Bader, Education director, Tenement Museum, New York

National Museum is the driver of museum activities in Malaysia and has been instrumental in the restoration and preservations of the nation’s heritage. Its construction, which represents the national identity, was the climax in the history of the establishment of the earlier museums such as the Taiping Museum, Perak (1883), Sarawak Museum (1888), and Selangor Museum (1889). The present National Museum building was built on the site of the former Selangor Museum, which was opened in 1906.. The National Museum has four permanent display galleries. The first gallery is known as Gallery ‘A’, which exhibits local cultural artifacts, while the second gallery known as Gallery ‘B’ displays historical artifacts, archaeological findings, traditional handicrafts, the numismatic collection, as well as Malay and Orang Asli weapons. The Central Hall is used to house temporary exhibitions.

National Museum Kuala Lumpur

National Visual Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur is the home of Malaysian national treasures. It stores 2,500 of fine art artefacts such as paintings, sculptures, installations, printmaking’s and many more; dated as early as 1900s. Located in at a prime area of Kuala Lumpur, No.2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak, next to Istana Budaya and easy to reached by hop in and hop off bus. The museum was established on 28th August 1958, a year after Malaysia has achieved its independence from British colony.  The current building was a permanent building after it was relocated from Jalan Ampang in 1998. This is the place where you would like to begin your Malaysian Arts 101.


National Visual Art Gallery


Bank Negara Malaysia and Art Gallery complex


Bank Negara Malaysia and Art Gallery
, is a museum fully owned by Central Bank of Malaysia. Located in Jalan Dato Onn in a state of the art building complex. They have 6 museums under one roof; ranging from art gallery, numismatics gallery, Islamic finance gallery, Bank Negara Malaysia Gallery, Economics gallery and even children gallery. This year they were chosen as the Travellers’ Choice by Tripadvisor and received Certificate of Excellence in 2017 and 2018.

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Date of Input: 08/10/2018 | Updated: 08/10/2018 | azlida_jamil


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