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The Best Museums in Kuala Lumpur: 5 must-see museums in Malaysia's capital

The Best Museums in Kuala Lumpur: 5 must-see museums in Malaysia's capital

While visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s vibrant capital city, don’t miss these top five museums! Some, like the Islamic Arts Museum and the National Museum of Malaysia are well-known and popular parts of any itinerary. Others, such as the Malaysian Royal Police Museum are hidden gems, and not to be missed.

Visiting museums is a wonderful way to learn more about a country and its history and culture, and these five will help you to experience beautiful Malaysia.

The National Museum of Malaysia

the National Museum of Malaysia

the National Museum of Malaysia

Malaysia’s National Museum is full of the country’s history, and costs only 5 MYR to visit! Here, you’ll learn about the region’s pre-history, the pre-colonial kingdoms and sultanates that ruled the peninsula, Malaysia’s colonial period, and the modern history of the nation.

a ticket to the National Museum of Malaysia costs just 5 ringgit

a ticket to the National Museum of Malaysia costs just 5 ringgit

The museum has hundreds of amazing historical artifacts on display, and is the best place to start your visit to Malaysia. You will learn all about the country’s history, and get a feel for how it came to be the country that it is today. Don’t miss the royal throne that once belonged to a historical peninsular sultan!

throne of a Malay sultan at the KL National Museum

throne of a Malay sultan at the KL National Museum

The museum also has exhibits about Malaysia’s art and culture, from traditional Malay shadow puppets to the historical spread of Islam through the peninsula.

malaysian shadow puppets
  • You can easily reach the museum on foot from KL Sentral Station. The station connects by underground walkway to Muzim Negara Station, which has an exit in front of the museu,.

  • The Malaysian National Museum is open daily from 9:00-18:00

  • A ticket to the Malaysian National Museum (Muzim Negara) costs 5 MYR

The Islamic Arts Museum

ceiling dome at the Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ceiling dome at the Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Islamic Arts Museum is perhaps the best museum in Kuala Lumpur, especially if you are interested in art and art history. It’s certainly the best laid-out and beautiful museum in the city; even the building itself is a work of art, with incredible intricate domes and water features.

an exhibition on calligraphy at the Islamic Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

an exhibition on calligraphy at the Islamic Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia is an officially Muslim country, and Islam plays a vitally important role in the country’s art and history. At this museum, you’ll see not only Malaysian art, but art from across the Islamic world. When I visited, I got to see an incredible exhibit about Qajar Dynasty ceramics from Persia.

a beautiful Quran on display at the Islamic Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

a beautiful Quran on display at the Islamic Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

National Planetarium of Malaysia (Planetarium Negara)

the National Planetarium of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur

the National Planetarium of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur

Near the Islamic Arts Museum is the Malaysian National Planetarium. Don’t pass it by if you are at all interested in space or astronomy! The planetarium is also home to the Malaysian Space Agency, and is surrounded by a lovely park.

Malaysian Space Agency

Malaysian Space Agency

A trail runs through the park, winding past information signs teaching walkers about the planets of the solar system. There’s even a “mini Stonehenge” that you can find while exploring the grounds.

Mini Stonehenge at the National Planetarium of Malaysia

Mini Stonehenge at the National Planetarium of Malaysia

National Textiles Museum

National Textile Museum of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur

National Textile Museum of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur

It may not sound like the most interesting museum in Kuala Lumpur, but don’t miss the National Textiles Museum. It’s a real hidden gem! Not only is the museum air-conditioned and free to visit, it’s also fascinating! Textiles are an important part of Malaysian culture, and at this museum you can learn about how the textiles were traditionally woven, the various patterns and meanings of the textiles, and the way that traditional textile-making techniques are being preserved. There’s also a very nice cafe inside the museum if you are tired and craving a delicious iced Malaysian coffee.

traditional outfits on display at Malaysia’s National Textile Museum

traditional outfits on display at Malaysia’s National Textile Museum

  • The National Textile Museum is located in the center of KL at Merdeka Square

Royal Malaysian Police Museum

the Malaysian Royal Police Museum in Kuala Lumpur

the Malaysian Royal Police Museum in Kuala Lumpur

Another hidden gem in Kuala Lumpur, the National Police Museum is actually one of the best in the city! It’s never very crowded, and when I visited, the policemen on duty at the front desk of the museum were very excited to talk to me, and asked me all about where I was from. They were helpful and very friendly.

historical motorbike for the Malaysian Police

historical motorbike for the Malaysian Police

The Malaysian Royal Police Museum teaches visitors all about the history of the police force in Malaysia, from ancient times to the Dutch and British colonial periods, and through the modern day. The coolest part for me was the armory, which displayed weapons and tools from the Malaysian police force throughout the decades, and the collection of vehicles that you’ll find outside of the museum building.

historical uniforms of the Malaysian Royal Police

historical uniforms of the Malaysian Royal Police

  • The Malaysian Royal Police Museum is also located near the National Planetarium and Museum of Islamic Arts. It’s convenient to visit all of these museums on the same day.

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