National Museum
National Museum
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 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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  • Haytham Abu Firas
    Qatar19,311 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit
    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.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Chris B
    Stevenage, United Kingdom187 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • ryanchia972
    Singapore, Singapore20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice architecture and good overview of Malaysian History
    Decent museum that gives any visitor a good overview of Malaysian History. It has four galleries that covers Malaysian history in chronological order. Skip the Early History gallery and go straight to the Malay Kingdoms gallery onwards if you are press for time. The Malay Kingdoms gallery offers are more insightful coverage of the various Malay Kingdoms especially the significance of the rise of Melaka and its lasting influence on Malaysian History. It has many artefacts that gives any visitor a glimpse of the Malay Kingdoms. The remaining galleries are equally fascinating though what was disappointing in all galleries are voices of the people below. Most of the galleries are mostly written by the people from the top and tends to gloss over oral accounts which makes the gallery very stale. Experiences of the people during the Japanese Occupation was largely encapsulate in a single lone exhibit of a common suffering among all races. The last gallery which is the Malaysia Today gallery misses out opportunity to bring in voices of the people and tends to seemingly portray a harmonious society with a diverse group of people living together. Many missing key events (such as the 1969 Race Riots) that shape the country today are also omitted. On a whole, an insightful museum that tells the story of the country from a government narrative.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 December 2023
  • marftrip
    Kernersville, North Carolina339 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Intro To Malaysian History!
    This is a great introduction to Malaysian history, from the prehistoric period right up till today. It’s a medium sized museum, but the collection is excellent and well presented! Some fantastic artifacts and I was particularly impressed at 1) how many parents had brought their children for a visit and 2) how attentive both the kids and their parents were to the displays. I’m a historian (really enjoyed your museum!), so took about 3 to 3 1/2 hours as I read everything. Others would likely need less time, but it’s so worth a visit. But to some of my fellow tourists, please control your children - they should NOT be climbing on, or physically jerking, the displays. (I’m obviously having to write that… because I witnessed it!) Definitely worth your time, don’t miss the other smaller museums and displays scattered around the grounds.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 December 2023
  • Mac
    Chicago, Illinois9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great intro to Malaysian history
    This museum gave me a good understanding of Malaysian history, its industries, its diverse population and its path to independence. It was eveeything I expected from a 3 hour visit. Well laid out and easy to navigate thru its 4 parts.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 January 2024
  • genibre69
    London, United Kingdom5,265 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spent a couple of hours here and recommend
    For a measly 5RM for foreigners, this is a great place to visit. All the placards and labels are translated into English, for one. I learned a great bit on the ancient, premodern and modern history of Malaysia and it was very cool to see so many young people inside a museum! I spent a little over an hour here. There are also two cultural galleries outside the main national museum entrance, with a combined 5 RM for each, so also went to those. Those are much smaller and easier to speed through but I enjoyed seeing traditional woodcarving, handicrafts and weapons, whilst also learning about Malaysian tribes. I definitely recommend.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 February 2024
  • Alan L
    3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Accessible entry hard to find
    Better signage for the wheelchair ♿ entry would be a good start. It took us 20 minutes to find the way in which detracted from our enjoyment of the visit. In case you're looking for it, you go to the EXIT door at the REAR of the building and the attendant will let you in. Malaysia hasn't really come to terms with accessibility yet!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2024
  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia8,396 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Malayan History
    We had enjoyed a rather rushed visit to this museum while on shore excursion and it was our first attraction to visit on this trip. Four galleries to explore and featuring Malayan history and cultural diversity, Pre-historic era, Malay kingdoms and Colonial period. Exhibits are very well curated and provide a brief but fascinating insight of the country. The building is attractive, I'm told built in the style of Rumah Gadang with curved roof structures and multi-tiered, upswept gables and comprising elements of traditional Malay and modern features. External exhibits include a pink & white mini bus and small steam locomotive.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2024
  • Julie W
    Denmark, Australia187 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent exhibits
    Well worth a visit with excellent exhibits including a gallery about the archeological digs in Malaysia. Be warned though if you have just walked all morning, there are no seats in the cool to await more enthusiastic friends. Not so good for the elderly though some wheelchairs were seen.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 April 2024
  • Nathan F
    Lisburn, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Flawless museum layout
    Most museums give you information overload, often skipping between one event and another. I felt this museum’s layout was very clear, had a good amount of information but not too much. It is helpful to read up a little bit on Malaysian history prior to coming, I think this can help you appreciate things slightly more. My only criticism is I would’ve liked slightly more information on the Malayan Emergency!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 April 2024
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Bhanuka J
Kadawata, Sri Lanka125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The National Museum of Malaysia is located closer to the KL Central. You can directly get off from the KL Express train on your arrival day and visit the museum because it's just a few minutes walk from the station.
There are four sections of the museum. You can start from the pre-historic era and continue your observations. Everything was explained clearly. It's just a matter of spend a few hours there.
There is no restrictions to take photographs and also to video the location.
Written 2 January 2020
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Tyme-Traveller-2020
London, UK112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A very well managed museum. Very neat and clean. Cheap entrance. Very good presentation.History of Malaysia, from start to end, is explained in detail. The museum is divided in to four different wings which clearly explains all different eras of Malaysian history.
Written 10 January 2020
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Connie C
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
Two days ago I revisited National Museum. My first and last visit was in 1979. Ms Ong Li Ling was our Museum Guide for a small group of 5 of us. I must praise her for her in-depth knowledge of the history of Malaysia. She has almost had all the answers to our questions. The other important mention is, even though the Aircond in the Museum wasn’t working properly yet she was ever so patient in explaining to us and even reward us with mini Kit Kat Chocolates when we answered her questions correctly. This is really showing her passions in letting us know all knowledge possible. Thank you Li Ling.
Written 10 January 2022
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genibre69
London, UK5,265 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
For a measly 5RM for foreigners, this is a great place to visit. All the placards and labels are translated into English, for one. I learned a great bit on the ancient, premodern and modern history of Malaysia and it was very cool to see so many young people inside a museum! I spent a little over an hour here.

There are also two cultural galleries outside the main national museum entrance, with a combined 5 RM for each, so also went to those. Those are much smaller and easier to speed through but I enjoyed seeing traditional woodcarving, handicrafts and weapons, whilst also learning about Malaysian tribes.

I definitely recommend.
Written 14 February 2024
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Vin
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
The museum went through extensive renovations and it is airy and modern. There are 4 halls : Pre-History, Malay Kingdoms, Colonial Era and Malaysia Today. Outside there are old vehicles and trains, as well as an old royal house.

Any visitor would benefit from the crash course on the history of Malaysia on display at the Muzium Negara.

Thank you for the free guided tour conducted by volunteer guide - Ms. Ong Li Ling whom passionate to share the rich cultural heritage of this country. Kudos !
Written 7 January 2022
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NanohanA
Malaysia268 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
My last visit to this museum was about 8 years ago. It was still the same when I visited today. The 4 galleries still exhibit the same things - the history of Malaysia, Malaysia today, its cultures and the prehistoric era. The ambience looks gloomy, sad and a bit run down.

It has two new extensions, next the the main building, on the Malay World Etnology and Aboriginal, which are interesting. Staff are knowledgeable when asked to explain about the exhibitions - well done.
Written 10 October 2020
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland7,309 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Shannon
Suva, Fiji1,138 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
There's a small gallery section here but that's about it. The main building has been taken up by a filming studio. Entry was free on our visit but it's just out of the way and a waste of time unless your doing the botanical gardens or live around sentral come visit.
Written 26 June 2022
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MelbourneLeapy
Melbourne, Australia190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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B T
London, UK1,174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The museum was very good, they had information in 4 halls, one on prehistoric malaysia, one on the various early kingdoms in the area, one on colonial malaysia and one on modern independent malaysia. It was well laid out and very interesting. Conveniently located right next to the metro station of the same name.
Written 14 August 2022
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