Royal Malaysia Police Museum

Royal Malaysia Police Museum

Royal Malaysia Police Museum
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BobsWorth1
London, UK433 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
Quiet, lots of exhibits, lots of information, lots to learn, or in other words, a proper museum!

I dropped by this afternoon and I think I was the only visitor there -which is a shame as it deserves far more exposure. Although only a ten minute walk from Kuala Lumpur station, it is though slightly tucked away.

To get there from KL station, exit via platform 1, turn right outside and use the pedestrian underpass. Walk behind the KTM building and turn left as you see the national mosque. Follow Jalan Perdana Road and take the first left up the short hill. Walk past the security box, and cross the road into the carpark. The entrance is then on the far side.

There's numerous vehicles, cannon, etc, in the grounds but it only takes around 15 minutes to walk round. The museum looks small from the outside and I thought I might have had a wasted trip - I was wrong thankfully. There's hundreds of exhibits inside, motorbikes, uniforms, photos, weapons of every description, etc and all the attached information labels are in English.

There's three gallery's in all with excellent and detailed information boards charting the history of the Malayan police.

If you have an interest in history, the military, or the police, then you will definitely enjoy this museum.

Entry is free and it's open 10:00 - 18.00 hours Tuesday to Sunday (10:00 - 12:30 & 14:30 - 18:00 hours Friday) and closed on Mondays. Entry is free.

The only negative is that you can't take photos inside the galleries. If you could I imagine they would get a lot more visitors once people started to see them posted here on TA.
Written October 27, 2015
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AndrewF729
London, UK187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
We were heading towards KL bird park and saw this place on the way. Free entry and virtually empty except for a group of very young cadets from Malaysia. The museum attendant must have been bored as he decided to give us a guided tour himself, while the cadets were simply interested in us as English tourists. Fascinating museum and very well laid out, obviously a lot of money invested in the place but sadly few visitors as I could see from the visitors book! Really friendly staff and a nice place to spend an hour before heading off to KL bird park and Lake Gardens.
Written August 23, 2014
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TDKToronto
Toronto, Canada96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The museum is filled with lots of items and there is so much information too. To fully appreciate the museum you need at least over an hour. The different rooms have items from the early days and follows a timeline to modern day. We found it fascinating. Staff are very helpful and there is no charge for the visit.
Written October 31, 2019
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Scott R
Vancouver Island, Canada294 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
i went to the museum as part of a day trip to the Park and was glad that I did.

The best aspect of the museum isn't the exhibits. It is the narrative that accompanies them. If you don't take time to read the information presented, the museum trip would be relatively short, as you can only look at uniforms or collections of weapons for so long. However, the museum folk have done a very good job of laying out the history of policing over the past ~500 years with the flow of the exhibits taking you through the years as you move through the exhibits, with a stronger emphasis on the past 100 years and especially through the period of the "emergency" . As I knew nothing prior to my visit, the time I spent in the museum went a long way to help fill in the gaps & I thought it was very well done.

One of the most interesting aspects to me was that the exhibits were put together in a way that showed that the force takes great pride in its achievements over the years. In all a visit I'm glad I made.

I found my way there on foot from the nearest LRT station (Pasar Seni). Its about a 10 minute walk which isn't well sign posted for travellers on foot until you get to the road that leads to the museum. The problem is finding your way from the LRT to the entry to the Lake Gardens Park (there were lots of lost tourists at the station as I was doing this). The trick is to exit the LRT station by taking the exit that joins the platform that enters the old train station - you take stairs down from the LRT station and get onto the platform that exits the old station. From there you exit through the old terminal building and take the underground pedestrian tunnel to cross the road. At that point, you are at the entry to the park and its only a few minutes up the hill (past the National Mosque). Count on a day in the park as the Islamic Arts museum is excellent as are the bird and butterfly park.
Written December 11, 2014
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_most_discerning2
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Excellent displays and information.
The only negative comment is that the lighting could be greatly improved which would definitely enhance the displays.
Needs to be more widely advertised.
Written January 22, 2021
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Mark J
Melbourne, Australia35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We visited here a few years ago and decided to do a return visit with our friends. Forget it is a police museum just go to see the history. Amazing what you can learn. The staff were great and we showed a photo a one of the staff members from our last trip. The staff recognised her and whilst touring the museum they located her and she turned up and spent time talking to us. The history is good and also includes some of Singapore from the early days. Well worth the visit and then also look at the bird sanctuary and planetarium close by.
Written March 22, 2020
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James & Michael
St. John's, Canada52 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We were seeking at museums, and national sites to visit in KL when we decided to visit the police museum. It is certainly a niche museum, but it is well done and interesting for those who enjoy history, crime, law enforcement, and revolutions. You do not need much time at this museum as there are only 3 exhibits (A, B, C) and the best part is that it is 100% FREE!
Written August 9, 2019
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EdwardLSL
Singapore, Singapore182 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
First, entrance is free, no frills. The air-con can be stuffy in certain galleries, and sadly it was stuffy in what I felt was the best exhibition, which displayed the equipment and weapons used by the police. Coming in from the hot sun, the stuffiness was really a killer. It's a bit out of the way, so do plan your trips around the area well.
Written March 13, 2019
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wayne t
Sydney, Australia37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
We did the museum while on the hop on hop off bus and found it to be a good look at the history of the police force. Very enjoyable
Written July 2, 2018
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Kiron R
Liverpool, UK131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
I've read many of the reviews here and agree with them. I recommend the police museum for people interested in history or policing. And it is a useful place to get out of the humidity or heat for a while. It is in a low looking building set in grounds a short walk up a steep hill behind the Museum of Islamic Art. The museum has some outdoor exhibits (armoured cars and field pieces), starts with historical galleries of the old history of Malaysia, displays on each of the Colonial periods (Portuguese, Dutch, British) and then into the modern decades of policing. There is most detail about the Twentieth Century, and especially post independence. So you can look at the old history or you can look at displays of knives and guns (a whole room of each), or police equipment or even police bands.

The museum is much bigger than you think, so I recommend taking a walk through all of it to see what you are interested in first. Then walk back and look at those parts. A quick look would take under an hour but you could spend two or three hours here if very interested in particular aspects. Every thing from a SWAT team life size figures to clumpy old radios and printing machines. The museum does not engage in any critical evaluation or commentary but you can form your own views. As an example of how friendly Kuala Lumpur is I was pleased when sat outside that a local man, visiting with his children, stopped me to chat so I was able to learn more about the city from a local. And he’d studied at Coventry in the UK ten years earlier and I could tell him a little about what the UK was like now. An unexpected pleasant side effect.
Written August 11, 2017
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