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National Museum of Malaysia    

  Jabatan Muzium Malaysia, Jalan Damansara, Tasik Perdana, 50566, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur | Visit Website |   03-2267 1000
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Located in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur, the National Museum (Muzium Negara) built in the style of a Malay palace is the guardian of the nation’s history. The recently upgraded galleries present an exciting and innovative approach to exploring the history of Malaysia from prehistoric times to the present.

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What to Expect?

Muzium Negara is a repository of Malaysia's rich cultural and historical heritage. The three storied structure is 109.7 meters long, 15.1 meters wide and 37.6 meters at the central point.

The museum features exhibition galleries featuring Malaysia's history and rich cultural diversity. Muzium Negara endeavours through its collections, exhibitions, research, publications, educational and public programmes, to inspire a broader understanding of our nation and her multiracial people.

The museum building, apart from being stimulative from the point of tradition also presents a panoramic view of the development of Malaysia, as depicted by the two large murals of Italian glass mosaic, which extend across the museum facade.

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.

Prehistory Gallery
The Prehistory Gallery on the first floor showcases the formation of the Malay Archipelago to the findings of numerous important prehistoric archaeological sites in Malaysia.

Malay Kingdoms Gallery
The Early Malay Kingdom Gallery features the existence of the Malay States and highlights the zenith of the Malaccan Empire during the 15th century as centre for the spice trade and the proliferation of Islam.

Colonial Era Gallery
The fall of Malaccan Empire in 1511 to the Portuguese was the start of 446 years of foreign influence, from the Dutch, British and then Japanese.

Malaysia Today
The Malaysia Today Gallery brings visitors to the sights and sounds of the Road Towards Independence.

Guided Tours
Free one hour guided tours led by volunteer docents. Reservation needed for groups and school groups, please contact 03-2267 1000 ext. 321 / 317 (Mondays-Fridays, 8.00am-5.30pm) or email at

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 Address:   Jabatan Muzium Malaysia, Jalan Damansara, Tasik Perdana, 50566, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur

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03-2267 1000

  Reviews 4.3   (8,998)
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    Kit Teguh

    a week ago

    Why would anyone go to a museum? Because it's awesome that's why :) And I'm embarrassed to say that after living more than two years in Malaysia, I've only visited it now. It's good to know a little something about Malaysian history, which is super complex you need to be Stephen Hawking to figure out who's who.

    But I think the museum is a good reflection of Malaysian history (depending on how you interpret history) and a collection of cool artefacts. I especially love the weapons collection. It is a comfortable place to be, and very well structured into separate chambers which represent different parts of Malaysian history.

    The entrance fee is also cheap compared to other attractions around town, setting me back RM5 as a foreigner and RM2 if you're local.

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    Edrie Boomz

    3 weeks ago

    Probably one of the worst “national museum” I’ve been to.

    There was no a/c.

    A lot of the writings are tampered over, making me doubt the credibility of this museum. Some translation aren’t accurate.

    Some exhibition had holes and gaps, not surprised as it is not well maintained.

    There were only 4 different exhibition in the main building. Felt like it was a very quick summary of Malaysian history, nothing enriching. I’m pretty sure Malaysia’s history is richer that this.

    Quite disappointing. Do not recommend to go, especially if you’re a foreigner. Go watch a documentary or read a book to learn more about Malaysia’s history!

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    Siva Kumar

    2 months ago

    as the National Museum, its an absolute disappointment. AC not working on first floor. no interactive displays... looks like museum is stuck in the 60s... nothing to engage the kids or younger generation. no use of latest technology. wouldn't recommend anyone to visit

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    Ika Madli

    in the last week

    Overall good. Some of the artifacts not available for maintenance but its okay. Bring the kids there and spend about 3 hours in total with lunch. The restaurant food are okay and price is not that expensive it's affordable of course. Except the fact the plates and glasses was not properly clean. Luckil I brought wet wipes with me. Only paid RM 2 for 1 local adult.

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    Wildan Nabeh

    a year ago

    When I was there, unfortunately the aircon was undermaintenance

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