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Royal Museum Kuala Lumpur    

  Jln Istana, Istana Negara, 50460, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur | Visit Website |   03-2272 1896
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The Royal Museum opened its doors in 2013 and is located in the old National Palace which was the official residence of the King and Queen of Malaysia. The old National Palace has now been converted to a museum and is open to the public.

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What to Expect?

The Royal Museum, or Muzium Diraja, located at the site of the former National Palace, was the official residence of His Majesty, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, or King of Malaysia, and Her Majesty, the Raja Permaisuri Agong, for 54 years from 1957 to 2011.

Initially a mansion built in 1928 by Singaporean architecture firm Swan and MacLaren for local Chinese millionaire Chan Wing, the building exchanged hands a few times, being occupied by the Japanese and British administration during and after World War II, before being purchased by the government and converted into a palace.

After the National Palace moved in 2011, the old palace was re-opened as a museum and gallery and has been welcoming visitors since 2013.


The grand and opulent building, which is an example of Palladian architecture, is today divided into two blocks.

The first block is called the National Palace Gallery, where the official and personal spaces of His Majesty and Her Majesty, each of which has a specific name, function, design and protocol, is displayed.

The second block is called the Balairong Seri, which was built in the 1980s and was used for official ceremonies, such as the Installation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Ceremony, Oath of Installation and Acclamation Ceremony, Investiture Ceremony for Federal Awards and Honours and the Royal Dining Banquet.

Display highlights include the throne hall gallery featuring a royal throne made from Cengal wood without the use of nails, and the royal dining area where monogrammed cutlery, each bearing the seal of the Royal Coat of Arms, were used.

The entrance arch, which is manned by ceremonial cavalry guards in full uniform, leads to the swimming pool as well as beautiful parks and gardens that surround the property.


Photography is prohibited within the museum grounds and visitors can opt to roam the premises on their own, or with a guide. The museum guides are previous palace staff and possess extensive knowledge of the royal residence and the institution that is the Malaysian monarchy.

Inside this 2-storey building, you’ll get to see the 22 interior palace spaces comprising the Balairung Seri (a room where the King meets his subjects), the sleeping chamber, the royal office, the dining hall and resting lounge of the nation’s King.

The Royal Palace used to be closely guarded by cavalry guards and was not open to public. However, now that it’s a Royal Museum, you are allowed into the palace where you’ll be accompanied and given a full guided tour by a former palace guard.

You’ll also be taken to the sleeping chamber of the King and Queen – a place where no one could ever enter, not even for people who have worked here for many years.

You can also rent a traditional Malay costume to dress up as one of the services they provide.

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 Address:   Jln Istana, Istana Negara, 50460, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur

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03-2272 1896

Everyday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  Reviews 4.3   (1,599)
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    Ike Agustina

    10 months ago

    I came here and without knowing that the museum is closing and will re-open in 2024. The management of museum should consider to inform about this closing on their google map so no one would experience like I did.

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    12 months ago

    Nice place to visit.

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    Robert Ruenitz

    5 months ago

    Not much to see as museum is preparing for renovations. Even the gardens are off limits. On the other hand, now is the time to visit as once renovation starts, probably everything will be closed for three years. I enjoyed the simulated village movie projector.

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    Noor Najwa San Sudin

    5 months ago

    Visitied this museum few years a go and it was amazing. To see for yourself the most amazing interior of a palace. And I came back to visit this museum on Jan2022. Free entrance as the main palace is closed for renovation. They only open the Balairung Seri for exhibition. Hopefully the renovation will complete fast as i want to visit the third time.

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    Zuraime Zakaria

    5 months ago

    Renovation at main palace building. Cant allow to go inside. Only Balairong Seri are open and enterance fee is free for this time maybe for next 3 year maintanance.

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