Looking for an educational or cultural day out with the whole family? Look no further than our top picks of child-friendly museums KL has to offer!
Housing an impressive collection of over seven thousand Islamic artifacts and relics, this is by far the largest museum in the whole of South East Asia. There are several galleries to explore - an architecture gallery, a Quaran and manuscript gallery, an Indian gallery, a China gallery and Malay gallery, where you’ll find stunning tapestries, beautiful artwork, traditional firearms and a whole load of more unusual items. There are also some top activities specifically for the kiddos including storytelling sessions and art and craft workshops, which take place every Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 4pm for kids aged between 4 and 12 years.
Islamic Arts Museum Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Lembah Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, 50480, Malaysia, +603 2092 7070, www.iamm.org.my
This little gem situated in the Petronas Tower will keep kids of all ages entertained for hours. A melting pot of educational, hands-on interactive exhibits and exciting science shows will ensure that little ones have a thoroughly fantastic day out. Keep an eye on the Petrosains website and Facebook page to find out about special themes and temporary exhibitions. You can also sign up for various workshops and enter a range of competitions they host. Note that the museum is closed every Monday, but is otherwise open from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Tuesdays to Fridays, and from 9.30am to 6.30pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Petrosains, The Discovery Centre, Petronas Twin Towers, Level 4, Suria KLCC, 50088, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2331 8181, www.petrosains.com.my
Pusat Sains Negara, also known as the National Science Centre, is where we'll always recommend! This modern futuristic science hub will educate and entertain as kids make their way through the various cosmic sections to discover the answers to millions of questions about our world. There’s loads more than science here though - bask in the underwater delights of Malaysia’s first overhead aquarium, burn some energy in the indoor play area and have fun exploring and climbing on the equipment in the various playgrounds scattered across the center’s grounds. The museum is currently undergoing a complete facelift and is set to open any day now – we literally can’t wait! Watch this space.
Pusat Sains Negara, Persiaran Bukit Kiara, Bukit Damansara, 50490, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2089 3400, www.psn.gov.my/en
Braving the city center traffic is totally worth it to discover this fab trick art museum. There are three halls all containing a variety of fun art that provides a 3D illusion when you photograph the kids against the numerous backdrops. Each piece is unique and narrates a specific scene synonymous with Malaysia or provides an insight into global pop culture. Follow the visual guides next to each work of art, know where the details are and how you need to pose to get the perspective right in order to make the most out of the illusion. Stickers on the floor show where the photographer needs to stand too.
Take a step back in time to find out all about the varied and unique history of this diverse and beautiful country. Home to some stunning artifacts and treasures, the National History Museum also provides visitors with information and galleries dedicated to preserving and celebrating the country’s rich history including documents, maps and geological items. Originally built as a commercial bank in 1910, it was later chosen to become a museum due to its convenient location and surroundings. Best of all, it’s only RM1 for entry!
National History Museum, 29 Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2694 4590, www.jmm.gov.my/en/museum/natural-history-museum