National Museum
National Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • KL Sentral • 5 min walk
  • Tun Sambanthan • 10 min walk
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  • AngiePBB
    Vancouver, Canada148 contributions
    Disappointing visit at the National Museum
    Very disappointing for a National Museum as it lacked of contents. Its exhibits are at a bare minimum, and no seats in the exhibition halls for you to sit down and enjoy. There was no headphone to provide tours etc. Only had four exhibition halls, nothing much about the Malaysian history. Need to increase content and exhibits. Someone told me that it was almost same since they visited 35-40 years ago
    Visited February 2023
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland6,405 contributions
    Compact history lesson
    Prehistory and the Malay connection to other cultures in the area are well explained in the two rooms downstairs. The British and Portuguese colonnial domination takes up one room upstairs, the story line concentrating on the technical advantages introduced while shipping away the local riches, tin and rubber. 20th century life in Malaysia, still today a country divided in Malay, Indian, Chinese and aboriginal Orang Asli cultures is portrayed in the last room. Muzium Negara subway station is by the entrance, walking from KL Sentral by several corridors and escalators you have to pay 0,80 ringgit to pass through it.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 9 March 2023
  • chasingtheskies
    Palmdale, California78 contributions
    Decent for those appreciating a crash course in Malaysian history
    Visiting national museums has become a sort of habit of mine whenever I'm in a capital and while it may not have expansive exhibits beyond the four halls and could definitely use more content, I found it worthwhile to stop by for an hour or two. I appreciated the glimpses into the local timeline from paleolithic to the modern day along with content on the various ethnic groups that call Malaysia home. The market area around the exit definitely has seen better days but has a handful of souvenir/snack stalls for those who want to refill after checking out the museum. The convenience of having its own station on the Kajang/KG MRT line definitely is an incentive to stop by and aside from the preface, the museum otherwise may be something that wouldn't be on the top of one's itinerary unless museums/history/culture is one of their priorities while visiting KL.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 27 March 2023
  • billie
    Malaysia1 contribution
    Interesting
    It is an interesting and fun place. The price is also cheap as much as rm2. The materials on display are very symbolic of Malaysia's history. The use of statues is interesting and realistic compared to the museums I have been to. Facilities are also provided such as prayer rooms and restaurants. There is also a music museum which is an exposure about music in Malaysia.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Chris B
    Stevenage, United Kingdom133 contributions
    Good overview well presented but lacking detail in some places
    Tremain building contains four galleries covering prehistoric, malay kingdoms, colonial era and modern Malaysia. In addition there are a number of outside exhibits. Similarly to many museums today there is a focus on exhibits with less attention being given to putting them in context. Dates were often scarce although the range of exhibits was good. The museum was not crowded and is reasonably well maintained. Whilst giving good coverage the information lacked depth in some places.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 October 2023
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Chris B
Stevenage, UK133 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Tremain building contains four galleries covering prehistoric, malay kingdoms, colonial era and modern Malaysia. In addition there are a number of outside exhibits. Similarly to many museums today there is a focus on exhibits with less attention being given to putting them in context. Dates were often scarce although the range of exhibits was good. The museum was not crowded and is reasonably well maintained. Whilst giving good coverage the information lacked depth in some places.
Written 1 November 2023
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Haytham Abu Firas
Qatar14,377 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
If you visit any country, keep in your plan to visit the national museum of that place. It reflects culture, history, religion and everything.
We visited KL National Museum. Entrance fee is RM5, the cheapest in Malaysia so far.
Nice to see traditional dressed of people, wars and cannons used, coins, big chairs, different ethnic tribes etc.
Written 23 September 2023
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MD Kaiser Hossain
Dhaka City, Bangladesh11 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
Muzium Negara in Malay provides a comprehensive overview of the country's rich history, culture, and heritage. It's a valuable destination for those interested in learning about Malaysia's past and understanding its diverse cultural mosaic.
Written 23 August 2023
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MelbourneLeapy
Melbourne, Australia119 contributions
Jun 2023
The national museum offers a history of the Malay people over four different galleries. the museum is easily accessed via the subway system, or it is also a stop on the HOHO bus. They offer tours in English as well as other languages which are free. I found it really interesting and well worth the two hours I spent there looking at all the exhibits and reading about the history of the local people. All the exhibits are tagged in Malay with English translations offered.
Written 28 June 2023
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billie
Malaysia1 contribution
May 2023 • Friends
It is an interesting and fun place. The price is also cheap as much as rm2. The materials on display are very symbolic of Malaysia's history. The use of statues is interesting and realistic compared to the museums I have been to. Facilities are also provided such as prayer rooms and restaurants. There is also a music museum which is an exposure about music in Malaysia.
Written 6 June 2023
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J D
United States164 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
Malaysia's wonderful National Museum spans both its history and pre-history. Multiple fascinating exhibits include homo erectus and homo sapien skulls, stone age and bronze age creations, historic exhibits of influencing races/religions (Chinese/Buddhism, South Asian/Hinduism and Arab/Islam), colonizers and occupiers Portugal, Holland, Great Britain and Japan, and of course, post-independence and modern day Malaysia.
Written 23 May 2023
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Melanie_Yeoh
Semenyih, Malaysia1,030 contributions
Feb 2023 • Solo
Ticket was very affordable, RM2 for Malaysian adult, children below 12 free entry. I recommend following a guided tour by volunteers, check on the language & what day in the week they are available, go on the day & time they listed online. There were 5 permanent galleries & 1 temporary gallery, you may enter all with just that 1 ticket, no extra hidden charges. You can easily spend 3 hours there, the AC wasn't working well when I was there, it can be a little warm. Worth visiting if you love history & want to know more about Malaysia. The display of artifacts were well arranged & were well labelled too.
Written 19 April 2023
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Phil G
Albuquerque, NM542 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Stayed across the street at the st Regis. Went early one morning. Very interesting and great introduction to the area. We spent about 1.5 hours.
Written 28 March 2023
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chasingtheskies
Palmdale, CA78 contributions
Mar 2023
Visiting national museums has become a sort of habit of mine whenever I'm in a capital and while it may not have expansive exhibits beyond the four halls and could definitely use more content, I found it worthwhile to stop by for an hour or two.

I appreciated the glimpses into the local timeline from paleolithic to the modern day along with content on the various ethnic groups that call Malaysia home. The market area around the exit definitely has seen better days but has a handful of souvenir/snack stalls for those who want to refill after checking out the museum.

The convenience of having its own station on the Kajang/KG MRT line definitely is an incentive to stop by and aside from the preface, the museum otherwise may be something that wouldn't be on the top of one's itinerary unless museums/history/culture is one of their priorities while visiting KL.
Written 28 March 2023
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland6,405 contributions
Feb 2023
Prehistory and the Malay connection to other cultures in the area are well explained in the two rooms downstairs. The British and Portuguese colonnial domination takes up one room upstairs, the story line concentrating on the technical advantages introduced while shipping away the local riches, tin and rubber. 20th century life in Malaysia, still today a country divided in Malay, Indian, Chinese and aboriginal Orang Asli cultures is portrayed in the last room. Muzium Negara subway station is by the entrance, walking from KL Sentral by several corridors and escalators you have to pay 0,80 ringgit to pass through it.
Written 10 March 2023
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