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One of the ideal ways to see and understand Malaysia when you are visiting is by visiting the museums. These are buildings that house a certain theme, usually historical to give you insights and a one-stop centre to find out about the background of the place and you can add this as one of the major items in your travels.
Malaysia has some of the most unique museums to visit and you will surely be spoilt for choice as to which one to visit. Fortunately, you can almost find a type of museum for every attraction and state you visit. Here are some of the top ones.
Otherwise known as Muzium Negara, it has the very unique architecture design of the Malay Minangkabau Gadang structure. Established in 1963, it is as iconic as any buildings you will find in Malaysia. This is THE place to go if you want to know the history of Malaysia and other historical events. You will be able to see the achievements that the country has enjoyed thus far while venturing into the modern events as well as culture.
Address: Jabatan Muzium Malaysia, Jalan Damansara, Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 3-2267 1111
Opening hours: Daily – 9.00am to 6.00pm
As the official religion of Malaysia, you will find a lot of Islamic arts and culture around the country. One of the places that you must visit to learn more about this faith and it related matters is at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. Located next to the National Mosque in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, it is the largest Islamic arts museum in Southeast Asia. There are resources to learn about here as well as exhibitions on arts too.
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
Address: Muzium Kesenian Islam Malaysia, Perdana Botanical Gardens, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 3-2092 7070
Opening hours: Daily – 10.00am to 6.00pm
The National Textile Museum or Muzium Tekstil Negara is located in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur. The building was designed by Arthur Benison Hubbak and opened its doors in 2010. There are about 3 floors of exhibits here that cover various themes and designs which can be viewed through:
National Textile Museum
Address: 26, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2694 3457
Opening hours: Daily – 10.00am to 6.00pm
This is a truly unique museum which is not as large as the others. The Orang Asli people who are the indigenous and aborigine tribes of the country have very rich culture and traditions and this is where you can learn more about them. You can see the handicrafts, the way of life and their arts.
Orang Asli Crafts Museum
Address: Jabatan Muzium Malaysia, Jalan Damansara, Perdana Botanical Gardens, Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +60 3-2282 6255
The Paddy Museum or Muzium Padi is located in Alor Setar, Kedah. This is because Kedah is known as the ‘Rice Bowl’ state of Malaysia being the highest producer of paddy for the country. The museum opened its doors in 2004 with a 3 floor structure offering visitors the chance to learn more about how paddy is planted and produced. Besides that, the historical background of equipment used and other related items are on show as well.
Address: Gunung Keriang Alor Setar, 05150, Alor Setar, Kedah
Contact: 04-735 1315
Opening hours: Daily – 9.00am to 5.00pm
The Muzium Lukisan Batik Pulau Pinang is a very special museum which was opened in 2013. This is where visitors are welcomed with about 80 batik paintings on show. Being one of the pride of the nation, the batik textile and design is used in all official occasions and even in modern fashion. This museum includes some of the earliest batik works by Chuah Thean Teng, often referred to as the ‘Father of Batik Painting’.
Batik Painting Museum Penang
Address: 19, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-262 4800
The Petroleum Museum Malaysia is located in Miri, Sarawak. It started operations in 2005 on top of Canada Hill in the heart of Miri city. As Miri is often regarded as the ‘Oil Town’ of Malaysia, this is where the first oil exploration artefact can be seen. The Grand Oil Lady drilling rig is enacted at this museum which was used for more than 50 years starting from 1910. This museum is where you can see the history and the equipment used in the petroleum industry of the country.
Petroleum Museum Malaysia
Address: Jabatan Muzium Sarawak, Canada Hill, Jln Oil Well No. 1, 98000 Miri, Sarawak
Contact: 082-244 232
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays – 9.00am to 4.30pm
The GAleri Perdana in Langkawi Island is a great place to visit if you are in the island for a holiday. This is where you will find all the gifts, awards, souvenirs and any other items that were received by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia during his time in office as well as his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah. The items on show are those that were officially accorded by delegates, leaders of governments and countries, guests and friends which have been collected from around the world. Opened in 1995, the exhibits are placed in the 2-storey building totally to more than 9,000 items.
Address: Jalan Ayer Hangat, Mukim Kilim, 07000 Langkawi, Malaysia
Contact: +604-959 1498
Opening hours: Daily – 8.30am to 5.30pm