As its name says, there are many regalia art works here. Large solid gold ceremonial shields, bejeweled crowns and jewel encrusted swords, gold lions, and other coronation objects d'art are displayed with multiple language signs. You must check your bags, phones, and cameras. Really wish I could have taken photos as the creativity, skills, mastery of precious metal work, ceramics, porcelains, stone, basket, textile, and furniture crafting are extraordinary. The Thai porcelain alone was worth my visit.
Seeing what different countries gifted the Sultan is interesting. Laos gave fabric dolls representing their hill tribes, while Japan gave exquisite red crane porcelain works of art. There are many gold and silver works. A unique furniture setting had real tiger fur as the coverings. My husband and I felt sad at least two tigers were killed for those pieces. Two huge elephant tusks held up within beautifully carved and painted wood structures were incredible. Many oil paintings of the Sultan and oils and mixed media of a variety of subjects hang on the walls. One large room uniquely displayed "troops" during the coronation parade along with life-sized color photos around the perimeter of the room of the actual people and children there at this parade. Many of the people are grown up with children of their own now and, certainly, many have died. What a remarkable legacy for these families. This museum has much to see, especially if you appreciate various art forms. Critics may say "such a waste!" but this is etiquette for heads of states to present rulers with lavish and expensive gifts. At least the public can enjoy these art works.
Two small tables had tops of inlaid stones, malachite, and marble to represent tigers and mountains...quite amazing. Those of us who appreciate calligraphy and stylized calligraphic art will admire gifts from China. We spent more than an hour going from room to room. There are toilets and comfortable chairs all over for breaks or if a travel companion wants to relax. Warning: do not touch even the glass.
There are pictographs and signs in multiple languages yet we saw people from mainland China touching items, stroking wooden animal heads and furniture, even attempting to open elaborately carved chests, and I reported them. Perhaps with more travelers from China, signs require Mandarin warnings, though their tour guide should explain the rules.