Location: Jalan Damansara
Established in: 1963
Highlights: Vintage cars, Conventional weapons & instruments
How To Reach: One can easily reach Muzium Negara by hiring
taxis, or by boarding trains, buses from the city.
The National Museum or Muzium Negara is a significant museum of
Malaysia. Located on the fringes of KL Lake Gardens along Jalan
Damansara, the museum was originally established as Selangor Museum in
1888. But during the World War II, the museum got completely destroyed
by bombs. Consequently plans were made to establish a central museum for
Malaysia. And that's how the National Museum cropped up and was made
open in 1963.
In the 1990s, it was extended to include a library, an auditorium and
an additional exhibition hall for theme-based exhibitions. At present,
the National Museum possesses a striking palatial-styled structure with
hints of old Malay architecture. Its imposing facade is made even
grander through the colossal murals, depicting the culture and history
of Malaysia. And the visitors' pleasing experience at the museum begins
outside, where some old means of transportation like old trains and
vintage cars are put on show.
The museum features a large central main entrance hall, which is
sandwiched between two exhibition wings. These wings include a
Historical Gallery, Metalwork and Musical Instruments Gallery, a
Cultural Gallery, a National Sports Gallery, and a Natural History
Gallery. While the Historical Gallery outlines the different periods in
the history of Peninsular Malaysia, the various elements of the
Malaysian culture are presented in the Cultural Gallery.
The Metalwork and Musical Instruments Gallery has several objects and
utensils from kitchenware, traditional ornaments, weapons,
conventional instruments of Malaysian music. The museum's ethnographic
and archaeological exhibitions comprise of life-size dioramas
illustrating various facets of earlier Malaysian life. Besides the
permanent exhibits, the museum also organizes regular thematic
exhibitions at times. Some of the notable exhibitions are Treasures from
the Graves, Enduring Beauty, and World of Ghosts.
Since the museum has got a fine collection of historical artefacts and
thousands of rare items, it serves as a storehouse and an educational
institution of Malaysia's rich cultural heritage. To put in succinct
terms, Muzium Negara is a nice place to visit and to get a quick insight
of the Malaysian civilization.