Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant city that embraces modern progress without compromising its historical and cultural heritage. These valuable historical facts and cultural heritage is illustrated through many of the magnificent museums around in Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur is definitely the best tourist destination to explore some of Malaysia greatest museums that exhibit not only contemporary and traditional arts, but also the place to find out the origin as well as the religious aspect of the country.
With that being said, the following paragraphs describe some of the greatest museums in Kuala Lumpur to explore. Enjoy!
National Museum (Muzeum Negara)
National Museum or Muzium Negara (Malay for National Museum) is the largest museum in Malaysia that incorporates the elements of the Minangkabau architecture, a structure that is famous for dramatic curved roof with multi-tiered and upswept gables. Displays and exhibits in the museum focus on local history, culture and traditions, arts and crafts, economic activities, local flora and fauna, weapons and currency.
Islamic Arts Museum
The Islamic Arts Museum (Malay: Muzium Kesenian Islam) is one of the largest and most popular museums in Malaysia featuring exhibits from the Muslim world. It’s truly a magnificent monument that incorporates the largest collections of exhibits in South East Asia with over 7000 artifacts. The museum has all sorts of collections which range from Asian arts to exhibits from Persia and the Middle East. The building itself is a masterpiece that features an Inverted Dome Pavilion in one of its exhibition halls.
National History Museum
The National History Museum is the only museum in Malaysia that showcases the unique history of the country from its early age until today. Visitors will be given an exposure on the various artifacts and information pertaining to the country’s history. The attraction of the National History Museum lies in its century-old building. Historical notes and inscriptions revealed that this building was first erected in 1888 to house the headquarters of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China.
National Art Gallery
The National Art Gallery of Malaysia is one fine example of an exhibition center that displays the finest collections of contemporary Malaysian art. Also known as the Balai Seni Lukis Negara in Malay, the National Art Gallery also hosts temporary exhibitions of Asian and international art. Some of the highlights of the exhibitions are the unique arrangement of painting into themes such as Spirituality and Work. Other featured exhibits include Asia most exotic art pieces and modern art work such photography, sculpture and installation art.
Orang Asli Museum
The Orang Asli Museum (Malay for Museum of the Indigenous People of Malaysia) is a unique museum that tells everything about the Orang Asli (Malay for Indigenous People) including history, customs, traditions, origins and cultures. Featured exhibitions at this museum are exotic masks for ritual ceremonies, tree bark clothes and other traditional handicrafts. The Orang Asli Museum is absolutely the best place for researching this unique tribe in Malaysia.