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Museums in Kuala Lumpur

Experience the Culture and Heritage of Malaysia

Most people would say that museums are boring. However, if you disagree and think that museums are absolutely delightful, here are a few to check out when in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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The National Museum

Without a doubt, this is one of the most important museums in the country. The National Museum in Kuala Lumpur is located close to the southern tip of the Lake Gardens near the Sentral Station. So, it’s quite easy to get to as most of the hotels like the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral is situated in this area. Check the hotel map if you’re in doubt.
Built in 1963, the National Museum provides an excellent insight into the history, culture, economy, arts, crafts, and economy of Malaysia. Designed with a traditional Minangkabau-style roof and a grand entrance featuring large murals of Italian glass mosaic on either side; the museum consists of three floors. The first features dioramas in life size depicting traditional Malaysian life (farming, weaving fishing, etc.) and ritual weddings. The second floor consists of a large zoological segment with many stuffed animals as well as an impressive collection of weapons. The third floor is dedicated to displaying the arts and crafts of the country as well as music.

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Royal Malaysia Police Museum

One of the oldest museums in the country, the Royal Malaysia Police Museum provides a police perspective of fifteenth century Kuala Lumpur through a number of videos, images and other artefacts. There are some quite impressive displays of rifles and guns along with thorough information on the history.

The Royal Malaysia Police Museum is located near the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park right opposite the National Planetarium. A total of three pavilions can be found at the museum and these contain curiosities the likes of a Cessna plane, a variety of armoured personnel tanks, a boat, and an array of cars that were once used by previous ISPs of Malaysia.

Entrance to the Royal Malaysia Police Museum is completely free.

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Orang Asli Craft Museum

Located within the grounds of the National Museum, the Orang Asli Craft Museum is a great place to visit if you want to know what to look for when buying souvenirs. The museum is dedicated to showcasing the handicrafts and arts of the Orang Asli people, who are famous for their handicrafts.
Within the museum, you will find an eclectic collection of artefacts such as masks and statues. In addition to these, the Orang Asli Craft Museum also features Sepili figures that are used in the traditional medicine methods of the Jah Hut, ornate bamboo containers for containing blowpipe darts, hunting and fishing traps, musical instruments, containers and pouches made from screw pine; also available are native clothing, trays and rattan baskets, spiritual decorations and palm leaf ornaments. You can even find coffins made out of bamboo here.

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National Planetarium

Situated in the Lake Gardens, the National Planetarium has quite a few attractions that will be of interest to peoples of all ages. One of the biggest highlights of the planetarium is the sleeping arrangement and toilet mock up of the international space station! You will also get to see the original spacesuit of the very first Malaysian astronaut as well as the nasi lemak ( a popular rice dish) packs that he carried with himself to space!

The National Planetarium is the perfect place to take your kids to as they will not only find it interesting but educational as well. If you pay a small fee you will be able to see the films here. You can also view Kuala Lumpur City through a telescope.

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