Venture into the past at the National Museum, an ideal introduction for the young ones to local history. Extensively refurbished more than ten years ago, the sleek double story complex houses four permanent galleries – Prehistory, Malay Kingdoms, Colonial Era and Malaysia Today.
You’ll find each gallery to be very modern, exhibiting a clever use of light and space. Exhibitions are aesthetically appealing, well-organized and not overwhelming for little minds. Kids are sure to be fascinated with a replica of the 11,000-year-old skeletal Perak Man in the prehistory section. As well as recreations of temple walls, royal beds, and centuries-old ceremonial garb.
The interactive diorama of the Malay Kingdom’s early spice trade is perfect for the kiddos who have a little more energy. Parents are bound to find some of the museum’s prized possessions intriguing, including artifacts of Hindu-Buddhist heritage and a collection of Chinese ceramics from a sunken ship. Be sure to venture outdoors to spot a traditional house, ancient burial poles from Sarawak, old vehicles, and trains. The National Museum also hosts several temporary exhibitions year-round. Free guided tours are available in English, French, Japanese and Mandarin – check the museum’s website for more details.
The National Museum is a great space to get up-close with Malaysian history through a great deal of visual and hands-on exhibits. A perfect rainy-day activity!
For families who have an appetite for learning.
Check out two other excellent galleries next door – the Orang Asli Crafts and Malay World Ethnological Museums; both of which require separate tickets.
Jalan Damansara, Tasik Perdana, 50566 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,
+603 2267 1111