National Museum

The National Museum, a striking building characteristic of traditional Malay architecture stands proud in the heart of Kuala Lumpur as a repository for the country’s rich historical heritage. After its upgrade in 2008, the museum has become a more interesting and interactive venue for visitors, taking them on an exploration of Malaysia’s history beginning from the prehistoric period to modern-day.

The National Museum was the former site of the Selangor Museum, established in 1898. After the country's independence in 1957, the new federal government built a newer, larger museum on the same spot. 

The museum was officially opened by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong III, Tuanku Syed Putra Al-Haj Ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail on August 30, 1963.

Today, the museum houses various exhibits depicting the historical roots of the country. The exhibits are on a rotational basis, so it is best to call the museum ahead to check out current exhibits.

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