Moms Trip – Day 1 – Visiting the National History Museum – Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Also known as Muzium Sejarah Nasional.

I wonder how many KL-ites know this exists? (Not THAT many I’d guess)

I also wonder how many KL-ites have been there (A handful perhaps)

I discovered this by accident aswell, not really well publicised I’d say, school kids should go there, Malaysia Tourism should promote it, it’s a good guide to the history of the country since prehistoric times. Admission is free!

More info here and here.

National Museum Malaysia

It’s a nice looking place, quite small and packed full of interesting objects and descriptions.

Nasional Muzium Malaysia

It’s spread over 3 floors, with a different part of the history of Malaysia on each floor, the ground floor starting with some really early megolithic data. There are some great maps too from the olden days, you can see the travellers were quite advanced even though it was a few hundred years ago, their maps were pretty accurate.

Hang Tuah

Mr Hang Tuah of course 😉 More info here.

The museum itself is VERY clean and nicely laid out, it wasn’t that busy either, probably due to lack of advertisments and lack of awareness.

National History Museum

This is a Bunga Mas or Golden Flowers.

Bunga Mas

This object was sent every 3 years to the Siamese government in Bangkok as a sign of friendship by the Malay rulers of the northern states of Peninsular Malaysia. This was around the 14th century.

Ship Art

There was also information about each of the colonial periods, with items from those periods, a history of the currency in Malaysia with a collection of notes and various other objects showing the complete history of Malaysia.

It’s very much worth a visit if you live in KL or if you have someone visiting from outside.

Do check it out, perhaps if more people go there will be more awareness.




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15 Responses to Moms Trip – Day 1 – Visiting the National History Museum – Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

  1. spiller February 16, 2006 at 3:32 pm #

    do they show how they circumcise?

  2. farah February 16, 2006 at 4:58 pm #

    maybe you should take your mum and go watch Puteri Gunung Ledang the Musical? tht stephen rahman hughes he’s your fellow brit who sings in malay! and i heard tht its really really good, some said tht for something like tht rm50 is too cheap, some people cried etc etc.
    im thinking tht it would be a good way for your mum to learn about the culture, what with all the royalty/silat/magical princess. its legendary!
    i wish i could go, but my bf is not into musicals. typical 😛
    i thought of tht when i saw ur hang tuah pic.

  3. __earth February 16, 2006 at 5:11 pm #

    I’ve been there! And I didn’t expect the batu bersurat to be there when I first saw it in the museum =)

  4. howsy February 16, 2006 at 5:13 pm #

    I should shoot myself for asking this: What is the difference between the National Museum (Muzium Negara) near KL Sentral and this museum? The contents are almost the same right?

  5. Arth Akal February 16, 2006 at 5:34 pm #

    well…..I lived in KL a few years back and i’m happy to admit that i’ve been there. Well, only on outside,actually…..that counts??

  6. __earth February 16, 2006 at 5:43 pm #

    howsy, this museum is mainly historical stuff. the national museum is more general (culture, history, whatever). So, the difference is specialization.

  7. Emily February 16, 2006 at 8:29 pm #

    This building looks very familiar, is it located near Dataran Merdeka?

  8. Invisibleghost February 16, 2006 at 11:29 pm #

    gosh, din even knw they exist

  9. Najmi February 17, 2006 at 1:47 am #

    You made me feel ashamed of myself. I live in KL for 25 year yet I have never been to National History Museum. Really, I don’t know there is such place.

  10. Rudy February 17, 2006 at 12:19 pm #

    hey, they actually allowed a camera inside? as far as i know, most museums (in this part of the world at least) don’t allow shooting inside for some reason. or did you sneak your camera in?

  11. ShaolinTiger February 17, 2006 at 1:45 pm #

    spiller: Hahaha not that I saw no

    farah: She’s already gone back, she was here during CNY, I didn’t really have time to post whilst she was here.

    Arth Akal: I’m afraid not really, you must go in!

    Emily: Yes it’s just to the side of Dataran Merdeka..

    Najmi: Over the next week or so hopefully I’ll be able to show you some cool new places to visit 🙂

    Rudy: Yah I just ignore most no camera signs, some places you have to pay a buck to take pictures, this place seemed cool about the camera. No problems.

  12. Ted February 19, 2006 at 7:43 am #

    Nice to know that I’m not the only son that takes his Mum on trips – at least you don’t get teased about it. [LOL]

    In addition to bringing her up to Ontario and over to Newfoundland multiple times, I brought her down to the Middle East for three weeks when I was living over there.

    Spent one week touring the holy sites around Israel (she’s a recovering Catholic), one week in a hotel on the Med and then a week up in the camp in Syria. Prior to that, she’d never been outside of the Maritime provinces.

    Hope you’re both enjoying yourselves!



  13. ShaolinTiger February 19, 2006 at 11:27 pm #

    Ted: Yah man, about the 3rd time I’ve taken her around, look out for the next part coming soon, we recently visited Angkor Wat in Cambodia, it was truly fantastic. Sounds like you and your Mom have had some great times too!

  14. bdsgfdyh February 19, 2007 at 7:02 pm #

    you should put some directions on this web to show people how to get there.O.K!!
    now do it right now.
    i,m counting for 20 seconds and……………

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