There are dozens of Malaysian Museums and I have visited a good many of them over the years and plan to visit many more as I continue to explore this interesting country.
Around 21 museums are managed by the Federal Government's Department of Museums Malaysia and these tend to be the more impressive ones but there are also some excellent museums run by local governments and private bodies.
The quality and size of Malaysian museums vary considerably. Many are free admission and most of those that do have an entrance fee only charge a nominal amount.
Here is a directory of the museums I have visited so far. More will be added in due course.
Click on the Museum's name or image for further details.
The National Museum is one the top museums in Malaysia and provides a good overview of the nation's rich historical and cultural heritage.
Kuala Lumpur's National Planetarium is a collection of so-so exhibits but its excellent dome theatre is well worth the visit. Read the full review here.
Kuala Lumpur's science museum (or National Science Centre) is not an outstanding attraction but is still worth visiting, especially with children.
Petrosains, The Discovery Centre is a great museum in the heart of Kuala Lumpur where kids and adults can experience the worlds of science and petroleum.
The National Textile Museum showcases the origins, development and techniques of local textiles and the role they play in the rich and diverse heritage of Malaysia.
The Tun Abdul Razak Memorial is an interesting museum dedicated to the life and times of Tun Abdul Razak, the second Prime Minister of Malaysia.
The Islamic Arts Museum is one of the best Malaysian museums with over 7000 top quality artefacts from all over the Islamic world. A must-see!
Tour the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre to see how pewter is made. Even try it yourself in their School of Hard Knocks before shopping for exquisite pewterware.
The Royal Malaysian Air Force Museum is a fun place to visit where kids can play in aircraft cockpits while adults learn the history and operations of the RMAF.
The Royal Malaysian Police Museum contains a fascinating collection of artefacts and exhibits detailing the role and history of the RMP from its inception up to the present day.
The Telekom Museum is more interesting than it sounds and it is located in a beautiful old building. Find out what to expect when you visit.
At the Maybank Numismatic Museum you really can see money growing on trees. Find out more here.
At KL's Biomedical Museum you can see grotesque preserved human embryos, snakes in jars and exhibits on diseases. Fascinating material but outdated presentation.
The Museum of Nature is a small museum in Putrajaya containing an exhibition of stuffed endangered Malaysian mammals and exotic insects.
The Petaling Jaya Museum provides background on the origins of PJ, the different communities who live there, and the rubber and tin industries.
High 5 Bread Town is a bread museum in Shah Alam and an enjoyable place for kids to learn about the history of bread and how it is made.
Gopeng Heritage House and the nearby Gopeng Museum are interesting places to visit while in Gopeng. Review and details here.
COMING SOON -MORE REVIEWS OF MALAYSIAN MUSEUMS:
State Museum & Cultural Complex, Seremban
Handicraft Centre, Seremban
Customs Museum, Kuala Klawang
Lukut Fort Museum, Port Dickson
Sri Menanti Palace
State Museum, Kota Bharu
Kelantan Traditional Royal Ceremonies Museum, Kota Bharu
Islamic Museum, Kota Bharu
World War II Memorial, Kota Bharu
Istana Batu, Kota Bharu
Craft Museum & Handicraft Centre, Kota Bharu
Time Tunnel Museum, Cameron Highlands
Boh Tea Factory Tour, Cameron Highlands
Malaysia Youth Museum & Melaka Art Gallery
Museum of Literature
Democratic Government Museum
Melaka Stamps Museum
Malaysia Architectural Museum
The Malay & Islamic World Museum
Malacca Sultanate Palace
Proclamation of Independence Memorial
Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum
St. John's Fort
Darul Ridzuan Museum, Ipoh
Sarawak State Museum, Kuching