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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   (10,772)
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    Dennis Lim

    a week ago

    Ticket is RM2 for Malaysian, and RM5 for non-Malaysian.

    There's even a guided tour on selected day.

    The museum is really comfortable, modernized and up-to-date with even a QR code viewable online back story on historical stuffs.

    Definitely worth a visit for any first timers!

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    yusuf mohideen

    a week ago

    I made the mistake of coming just 45 minutes before the closing time. The museum is divided into 4 sections (A, B, C, D) and it takes approximately 30 minutes to go through each section thoroughly (if you’re a history geek like me). There’s a lot of displays of Malay art, malacca’s history and showcasing of the diversity of cultural integration such as Malay, Chinese, Tamil and indigenous tribes. It was also interesting to read about the nyonyas (peranakans) and jawi Malays (Arab Malays)

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    Philippe Lefevre

    2 months ago

    First time visiting the National Museum of Malaysia. It really is similar to the National Museum of Indonesia in Jakarta, while the latter is really much bigger.
    The National Museum of Malaysia is however interesting with displays explaining the history of the country starting from the prehistoric period up to the independence of the country. Many artifacts are displayed with explanations in both Malay and English. Recommended

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    Bipindas Kalathiparambil

    3 months ago

    The National Museum of Malaysia, located in Kuala Lumpur, is a treasure trove of history and culture that offers a fascinating glimpse into the rich heritage of Malaysia. Spanning across two floors and multiple galleries, this museum is a must-visit for history enthusiasts and anyone interested in Malaysia's diverse past.

    One of the highlights of the National Museum is its extensive collection of artifacts, ranging from prehistoric times to the present day. The museum houses an impressive array of artifacts, including ancient weapons, traditional costumes, musical instruments, ceramics, and archaeological finds that provide insights into the country's history and cultural heritage.

    The National Museum also features a dedicated gallery that showcases Malaysia's indigenous cultures, including the customs, traditions, and beliefs of its diverse ethnic groups. This section provides a unique opportunity to learn about the indigenous communities that make up Malaysia's cultural mosaic, and their contributions to the nation's heritage.

    Overall, the National Museum of Malaysia is a captivating destination that offers a comprehensive insight into the country's history, culture, and heritage. Its rich collections, informative exhibits, and unique architecture make it a must-visit for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of Malaysia's past and present. It's a cultural gem that deserves a place on every traveler's itinerary when visiting Kuala Lumpur.

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    6 months ago

    I thought it was a worthwhile visit. The admission fee is only RM2 for locals (free for children, RM1 for high school students in uniform) and RM5 for foreigners. It wasn't crowded when we visited on a weekday morning. A couple of tour groups, a school outing and a few small groups were also visiting. There are four permanent indoor galleries in the main building and other temporary exhibits in the satellite buildings. If you keep your expectations low in view of very affordable entrance fee, the visit should not disappoint. The loo is located outside the main building.

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