Museums in Kuala Lumpur

Top Museums in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Museums in Kuala Lumpur

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  • nyalpi
    Hong Kong, China217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It doesn't appear to be a big museum at first glance, but it has so many beautiful things to see in each gallery. It's impossible to appreciate everything in just one visit of 2-3 hours! Items from from all around the world in both the permanent and temprary exhibits. Plus there was one special exhibition of local artists. Very informative explanations throughout. So much to learn!

    The building itself is beautifully designed, full of natural light in the atrium, and some exquisite ceilings.

    A very inexpensive museum considering the large amount to see and the very pleasant atmosphere - MYR 20.

    Not crowded despite a public holiday.

    Good restaurant, though pricier than average.
    Large gift shop.
    Toilets clean and with toilet paper.

    Main downside is that it's not easy to get to via public transport and walking (similar to many other places in Kuala Lumpur). The air conditioning inside the museum is reward for walking the long distance to get there!

    Arguably one of the best attractions of Kuala Lumpur!
    Written 24 May 2024
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  • Daydream08447346141
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting place to visit, almost all landmark from malaysia is here and they provide with some fun fact about malaysia
    Written 25 May 2024
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  • Meshydo
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot of exhibits and opportunity for children to play and explore. 3D cinema movie was so cute
    Energy capsule was a gd ride as well.
    Written 12 December 2023
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  • Simon C
    Ashtead, UK768 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Located just the other side of Central, the national museum was opened over 50 years ago, almost as a mark of independence and over four main galleries, explains the origins of Malaysia over time with the fourth gallery covering Malaysia’s independence leading up to the modern day.

    This was an interesting visit but I do get irritated at the discriminatory prices whereby international visitors are charged twice the rate as Malaysians, regardless of where they are from.
    Written 7 May 2024
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  • wireless_in_CA
    United States7,429 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Located in Merdaka Square, the main draw seems to be the I Love KL sign out in front. However, there was a much better sign located on the second floor but not in red.

    On the first floor was a small diorama of KL, a room cataloguing history of KL as well as a busy cafe and gift shop.

    The second floor was much quieter so don’t miss it. Here was a much larger 3D model of the greater KL city in one large room, a wall with details about the tall buildings in KL, an angel wings wall (for IGs), a cool floating model of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
    Written 19 October 2023
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  • Michael Wright
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good contemporary art in a lovely building. Interesting art. Gives a more modern perspective worth a visit for sure
    Written 4 May 2024
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  • Prinsenhof
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg221 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very nice museum (unfortunately the gallery was closed for repairs or so) but the remaining floors offered a good insight into the development of the Malaysian central bank, it’s role and responsibilities, etc. Also a good overview of the development of coins and noted throughout the last few hundred years. All in all, interesting exhibition with everything displayed in BM and English so good for tourists as well. Some nice interactive areas and activities so also younger kids would be entertained for a while. Parking is RM 5 but the museum itself is free (you need to put a deposit of RM 10 for putting any bags you have in a locker).
    Written 15 August 2023
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  • nyalpi
    Hong Kong, China217 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    MYR 5 entry - a lot to see for the small fee!
    Not a very big museum, but plenty to admire and learn. 4 galleries.
    Nicely set out. Building itself is pretty.

    Unfortunately air conditioning was not working in 1 of the galleries on day I visited, so was hot and stuffy (no windows).

    Gift shop and cafe not functional. "Resource room" was at end of several corridors and up some stairs, so did not visit.

    Overall, a very good place to spend maybe 1 hour or more to learn about one aspect of Malaysian culture, and be in air conditioning!
    Written 24 May 2024
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  • Dot H
    Ipswich, UK211 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We came across this little museum on the way to somewhere else and decided to pop in. It was a very interesting museum, lots of information and many exhibits well displayed. An impressive display of weaponry. Well worth a visit
    Written 31 March 2023
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  • Tien
    Singapore, Singapore26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was expecting it to have a larger collection and there was not that much to see. The main collection (called NUSA if I'm not wrong) is well curated, the narrative has strong research foundations, and the selection of artists is wide and diverse. The environment is cozy and comfortable. I learned a lot more about local artists and narratives in the nation-building process of Malaysia. I find the interactive board at the entrance which shows all the paintings in the main collection quite interesting and fun.
    Written 20 July 2023
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland7,088 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The national oil company had an art gallery already in 1992 before the famous towers were built. These abstract paintings show that expressionism arrived to Malaysia late, only in the 1950's and has held a strong position in the local art world. One of the pictures in the enclosed portrait exhibition stands out as exceptional, the Heart surgery by Hoessin Enas from 1980 as the author is obviously the patient. Pop into the gallery on the third floor while shopping, the space is open from 10-20, Mondays closed.
    Written 9 March 2020
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  • ALM
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderfully curated art gallery and a great source of inspiration. Its located on the hidden rooftop of The Gardens Mall and is a worthy must visit with such friendly service. Also free admission.
    Written 8 February 2019
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland7,088 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reading about this exhibition I was wondering where the gallery might be until realizing it was in the black cube which I was looking at while swimming next door. As the Galeri Petronas has closed this was a good opportunity to have a look at local art. Their shop was full of nice things though nobody paid any attention to me.
    Written 25 January 2023
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  • Michael
    Woking, UK255 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Planetarium was a great educational, free attraction. We went on a weekend during the day and it was almost deserted! They had enough exhibitions to keep you entertained for a couple of hours, and there were several paid for exhibitions available, however we did not visit these. We walked to the Planetarium following a visit to the Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Park as they are all in the same area. It was very informative whilst also being interesting for kids so that both adults and children can enjoy it. If you don't have something to do in KL then I definitely suggest visiting the Planetarium.
    Written 13 January 2020
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  • lxglobetrotter
    Cambridge, UK15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I feel obliged to publish this review in order to give potential visitors a more balanced view of the centre.

    We visited on a weekday with young children, and they had a fun morning exploring all the interactive exhibits. The entrance fee is low (free for kids 6 and under!). There were a few visiting kindergartens and primary schools but it was still large enough that the crowds moved through quickly enough for everyone to have a go.

    There are some exhibits with set timings, so it's worth finding out what those are at the entrance to better plan your trip. Overall a good way to spend a few hours learning in a fun way with your kids.
    Written 30 October 2023
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