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Address: Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur 50566, Malaysia
Phone Number: +60 3-2282 6255
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Muzium Negara was officially opened on 31 August 1963, on the site of the...

Muzium Negara was officially opened on 31 August 1963, on the site of the Selangor Museum, which was accidentally bombed during the Second World War.The main museum building houses four exhibition galleries featuring Malaysia’s history and rich cultural diversity. The Prehistory Gallery showcases the formation of the Malay Archipelago with findings of numerous important prehistoric archaeological sites in Malaysia. There's no need to book ahead, just be at the museum front desk about 10 mins before.Tours are in English - but tours in Malay, Mandarin, French, Japanese and other languages are also available. For the latest schedule, please check the museum website.

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Don't use the washrooms-

I don't mind paying to use a washroom, except when it is a National museum and the attendant leaned on a podium with his cellphone and the washrooms were disgusting. He and his... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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London, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I don't mind paying to use a washroom, except when it is a National museum and the attendant leaned on a podium with his cellphone and the washrooms were disgusting. He and his supervisor should be held accountable for laziness. Even our tour guide had recommended to use washrooms before stopping there, so it was not a one off experience,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on our last day in the city, glad we did. Starting from prehistory, there is info and relics leading up to Malay kingdoms and then onto colonial Malaysia and ultimately their push for independance and modern Malaysia. Can spend around 1-2 hours here and very cheap (5 ringgit per adult). Highly recommended

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's a very informative museum, but it's very text heavy. It's not on par with contemporary museums. Nevertheless, it's got some nice displays.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I went to the museum on a Saturday and the crowd is just okay. Not too crowded. It is very accessible through public transport. It is very informative with interesting displays. I am really satisfied with the shadow puppet exhibition. The displays are great with projector screening a real shadow puppet performance and pictures that we could use as a... More 

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Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A complete museum. From pre-historic to present. Not a large area. Most of the things are statues and replicas. Original historic items are rare. This place is fine for a scholar who wants to know the evolution of Malaysian kingdom and its culture and traditions from colonial to present era. It will take only 2 hours to cover the entire... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a must-to-see place. One hour visit is sufficient to give you an idea about old and modern history of the country.

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Puerto Princesa, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Simple to follow, organised flow, museum negara houses malaysia's historical overview from its local ancestry to its colonial past and up to its formation into nationhood to recent history. What I like is the fact that the gallery follows a structured path with plenty of evidence. Very good to start with for anyone who's got knacks for history.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum shows primarily the recent history of the country. It leaves you wondering what you have missed. Anyway, it has some interesting things to see and have detailed descriptions.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent only an hour here during a city tour but still found it time well spent. You get to see Malaysian culture, history and some manufacturing. Displays are well presented and with good explanations.

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We just did the main building three floors history of Malaya from pre history to now. No wow exhibits but an interesting story to fill an hour or two.

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