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National Museum

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Address: Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur 50566, Malaysia
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+60 3-2282 6255
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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A focus on the history of Malaysia

Very cheap entry and an interesting canter through the history of the country from prehistoric times to independence. Nicely laid out and takes about a hour. We missed the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Muscat, Oman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I took the 10 am tour in English at the National Museum given by a delightful English lady whose name I've forgotten. She was fabulous and made the history of Malaysia come alive. It was a fascinating 90 minutes and a great introduction to Malaysia. The tour is free and definitely worth the effort in getting to the museum at... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The islands of Borneo, Sumatra and Java used to be part of the same continent with the Malay Peninsula some 20.000 years ago named the Sunda Platform enabling humans, animals and traditions as well as plant seeds to travel freely around. The sea rose to the present level 10.000 years ago, which seems to be enough time for new subspieces... More 

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London, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very cheap entry and an interesting canter through the history of the country from prehistoric times to independence. Nicely laid out and takes about a hour. We missed the guided tour. Struck us that the place needed more investment and a little more imagination to really bring the history and culture of the country to life.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the ancient exhibitions made me want to see and visit more of the country than Kuala Lumpur and was interesting to read so much about the polite, correct, peaceful nature of this nation (such a contrast with the museums of Vietnam). The only group that the museum wrote about with a negative tone was the "Communist terrorists" who... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Sorry to say that despite my love of Malaysia, but don't expect anything... i went there during my ride of hop on hop off bus ... tickets are very cheap but useless... nothing attractive there .. some photos from outside and go , just coins , old clothes and some rocks Poor poor

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There are many different museums nearby in different good-looking unique architectural buildings. They are Muzum Negara, Museum Orange Asli and Museum Entological Seni CRAZ Dunia (Malay Museum) etc. It is closer to the railway Sentral station and it is in front of ‘St. Regis’ and you can do walk Muzum nagara. The museums are managed by the department of Museums... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really near to KL Sentral & Perdana Lake Park. Can go with hop on & off bus. The ticket price very cheap. As long as you want to know when & how Malaysia coming from, can come visit here. All about history. There also have a nice souvenirs shop & clean toilet.

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San Antonio TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a must see. The galleries take you from historic Malaysia where you encounter the various countries who have been involved in the country since ancient times, to present day and the Sultans. The museum reminds me of a local, small town museum and certainly does not have the polish of say the Smithsonian or the London Museum, but it... More 

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

Visited for the first time and was not disappointed. The museum really portrays the journey of Malaysia through history, and at the time we visited, they had a shadow puppet exhibit as well which was really nice. You need a good few hours to appreciate the place but it's worth it.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's an average museum. If you don't know anything about the history of Malaysia, you might learn a thing or two. Unfortunately, the displays and explanations are fragmented and incomprehensive. The museum's potrayal of Malaysian history falls flat and is disappointing. Certain narratives tend to steer towards legends and the mystics instead of actual facts. Would like to see better... More 

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