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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
09:00 - 18:00
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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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I am not a huge museum fan but always try and pay them a visit to learn more about the history of a country. This place certainly had a lot of information. The layout was good... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am not a huge museum fan but always try and pay them a visit to learn more about the history of a country. This place certainly had a lot of information. The layout was good and it flowed fairly well, but I found it to be a bit much. My husband thoroughly enjoyed it, but then he likes museums... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth a visit. Old and new great display. Easy to get round. If you want to go to the toilet you better take toilet paper they do not supply. Has a few food places. Check them out if hungry.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have to prioritize, this isn't a must. It's nice to learn more about the formation of the country and its culture, but the museum itself is not so nice. In terms of good expositions, go to the Islam Museum.

Thank Camila U
Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited as part of an afternoon city tour. We only had about 30 mins here and do wish we could have had longer. Haing said that it is not huge but an hour would have been good.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The small entrance fee is fine, but the story of Malaysia is told in a rather piecemeal and dated fashion. Even the attempts at realism in the exhibits (plaster replicas of caves for Stone Age; walls of Melaka fort for example) are looking a bit tired. I found the whole thing interesting but a little flat and hard to get... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There's too much info here. It's highly informative and they've certainly made a very valiant effort at explaining Malaysia's complicated history, but especially in the descriptions pertaining to the period of Dutch/British rule it became rather confusing to follow. It's the kind of museum that I would have lost interest in halfway as a child. Still, I think it's better... More 

2 Thank Jeongah S
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Unimpressive amount of artifacts collection. There are things can be forgiven but essential artifacts presented as replica? I cannot accept this. The Islamic Malay kingdoms are disproportionately presented in one of the wing leave very minimal room for the ancient Malay kingdom presentation. A lot of genuine artifacts or specimen presented with lack of information, so you simply looking at... More 

3 Thank Darick L
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

There are four galleries. The first tells of the early history. The highlight of this gallery is the skeleton of the Perak Man about 11,000 years old. The second gallery is the history of the early Malay Kingdom in the 15th century. The third gallery is the Colonial Era, which I found very interesting. My favorite gallery was the 4th,... More 

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Reviewed 15 March 2017

This museum is a must for art travels to Malaysia as you get very good immpression of the country and how it works. Good gaaleries with dood information boards.

Thank donnison44
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

I normally don't like museums but this one was pretty interesting to me. There are 4 sections that highlight Malaysia's past and present. Lots of cool visuals!

Thank Shauna G

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