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List of museums in Kuala Lumpur – An insight into the country's history

Wandering along the quiet corridors of museums might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it sure is a great way to learn about the country's history. Here are some museums you must visit.


National Museum of Malaysia

The National Museum of Malaysia was built in 1963 and designed to resemble the features of the Malay Minangkabau Gadang palace. The museum holds the largest collection of historical artefacts depicting the country's rich history, from prehistoric life to historical achievements and events in a timeline setting. Observe the many artefacts here and browse through the numerous cultural artworks, flora and fauna and stunning structures of the country. The National Museum of Malaysia is one of the top tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur and is near many restaurants and hotels such as The Westin Kuala Lumpur. The museum is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 6 pm.


Orang Asli Crafts Museum

Visitors with a keen interest in the country's first inhabitants should check out the Orang Asli Craft Museum, which cleverly showcases the ancient arts and crafts of the tribal people. This museum is located right next to the National Museum of Malaysia, so hop in right after visiting the National Museum. The tribal people were known for their valuable collection of carvings, tools, weapons, and fabrics, each displaying a legend or myth of the tribe. Carefully protected, these masterpieces provide an exclusive insight into the first inhabitants of the country.


National Planetarium

The National Planetarium is great for the stargazing enthusiasts. If you have a love for astronomy, head over here to learn about the science of star gazing and how it has influenced different cultures from China, Malaysia to India. Head over to the observation telescope and see whether you can spot any constellations! Except for Mondays, the planetarium is open every day from 9 am to 4:30 pm. The blue-domed structure is located at the top of Lake Gardens.


National Visual Arts Gallery

Located in Jalan Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur is the centre of theatrical performances in the country, famous for musical theatre, classical concerts, operetta and opera featuring both local and international artists. The gallery displays over 2,500 works of art, from batik and modern paintings to sculptures that portray the artistic talent of the local people. The National Visual Arts Gallery are open from 10 am to 6 pm daily and are the ideal place to visit on a gloomy, rainy day!


Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is set in one of the oldest colonial buildings in the city. Created mostly for tourists, the gallery takes the visitor on an adventure of the city rich history starting from the mining days to the present, bustling city. The onsite souvenir shop is tempting and has a range of gifts and trinkets to take back home as memoirs! The gallery is open every day from 9 am to 6:30 pm. Outside the gallery; you'll find a big "I love KL" sculpture; strike a pose and take a photo!