Malaysian Museums

Welcome to the most comprehensive listing of Malaysian Museums available on the web. There are dozens of Malaysian museums and I have visited most of them over the years.

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 local 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 Malaysian museums I have visited so far. More will be added in due course.

Click on the Malaysian Museum's name or image for further details.

Kuala Lumpur

National Museum

National Museum

The National Museum is one the top museums in Malaysia and provides a good overview of the nation's rich historical and cultural heritage. 




National Planetarium, Kuala Lumpur

National Planetarium 

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. 



Science Museum, Kuala Lumpur

Science Museum

Kuala Lumpur's science museum (or National Science Centre) is not an outstanding attraction but is still worth visiting, especially with children. 




Petrosains, Kuala Lumpur

Petrosains 

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. 



National Textile Museum

National Textile Museum 

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.



Tun Abdul Razak Memorial

Tun Abdul Razak Memorial 

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. 



Islamic Arts Museum

Islamic Arts Museum 

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! 



Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre

Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre 

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. 



Royal Malaysian Air Force Museum

Royal Malaysian Air Force Museum 

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.




Royal Malaysian Police Museum

Royal Malaysian Police Museum 

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.



Telekom Museum

Telekom Museum 

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.




Bank Negara Museum

Bank Negara Museum

Bank Negara Museum and Art Gallery is spacious and modern and well worth a visit. Read here for my review with photos, opening hours and location details.  



Maybank Numismatic Museum

Maybank Numismatic Museum 

At the Maybank Numismatic Museum you really can see money growing on trees. Find out more here. 




Biomedical Museum

Biomedical Museum 

At KL's Biomedical Museum you can see grotesque preserved human embryos, snakes in jars and exhibits on diseases. Fascinating material but outdated presentation. 




Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

This is a great place to obtain some tourist information on KL, join free heritage walking tours and shop for quality souvenirs. 




Galeria Sri Perdana

Galeria Sri Perdana is an interesting museum giving an insight to the day to day life of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and his family during his tenure as the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia.



Art House Gallery Museum of Ethnic Arts

Art House Gallery Museum of Ethnic Arts

If you are into tribal arts from Borneo, this gallery and museum is a must-visit. In addition to the permanent exhibition they have many tasteful artworks which can be purchased.



Kuala Lumpur Craft Museum

Any visitor to the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex should not miss the Craft Museum. It will give you a greater appreciation of the products on sale in the retail galleries outside. 



Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman

Not actually one of the Malaysian Museums but here visitors to KL have a chance to go inside an award winning restoration of a traditional Malay wooden house.



Music Museum KL

Music Museum Kuala Lumpur is a pleasant place to learn about traditional musical instruments in Malaysia and more. See details, location and opening hours here.



P. Ramlee Memorial 

P Ramlee Memorial is a museum in KL commemorating the life and times of Malaysia’s most famous singer, actor and film director. Read details here.



Malay-World Ethnology Museum

This museum has the convenience of being in the same compound as the National Museum and the Orang Asli Craft Museum so visitors can experience three for the price of one.



Orang Asli Craft Museum

Orang Asli Craft Museum is a small but interesting museum in Kuala Lumpur with some excellent carvings and masks.




Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Memorial

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Memorial is a museum in Kuala Lumpur commemorating the life and achievements of the late Tunku who served as the first Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1957 until 1970.




Tun Hussein Onn Memorial

The Tun Hussein Onn Memorial is a museum commemorating the life and achievements of the late Tun Hussein Onn who served as the third Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1976 to 1981. Currently closed for rebuilding work.




Putrajaya

Justice Museum Putrajaya

Justice Museum

At Justice Museum Putrajaya you can learn how Malaysia’s legal system developed, view a mock up of a court room, see wigs, costumes and much more.




Museum of Nature, Putrajaya

Natural History Museum 

The Natural History Museum (also known as Museum of Nature) is a small museum in Putrajaya containing an exhibition of stuffed endangered Malaysian mammals and exotic insects. 




Selangor

Malay Heritage Museum

Muzium Warisan Melayu

Muzium Warisan Melayu is an interesting museum of Malay heritage showcasing traditional architecture, manuscripts, textiles, kris and jewellery. Worth visiting.




Petaling Jaya Museum

Petaling Jaya Museum

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

High 5 Bread Town 

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. 




National Automobile Museum, Sepang

National Automobile Museum, Sepang






Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery, Klang

Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery, Klang

There are a number of royal museums in Malaysia but I think Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery in Klang is the best one. It's also free. See review, location map & details here.



Tin Museum (Gedung Raja Abdullah), Klang - CLOSED?

Gedung Raja Abdullah), Klang

This interesting heritage building used to be the Tin Museum but it closed many years ago and remains vacant. You can find out more about its history, together with location map and details here.



Sultan Alam Shah State Museum, Shah Alam

Sultan Alam Shah State Museum, Shah Alam

Sultan Alam Shah Museum is one of the better Malaysian museums in Shah Alam, Selangor covering history, geography, culture and natural history. See review here.



Perak

Perak Museum

Perak Museum, Taiping

Perak Museum is the oldest in Malaysia and is housed in a fine heritage building. Read full details, ticket price, opening hours and location here.




Old House Museum, Taiping

Old House Museum, Taiping

Part museum, part antique shop and part junk yard. I would definitely recommend visiting this museum if you are at all interested in Malaysian heritage.



First Galleria, Taiping

First Galleria, Taiping

First Galleria is a professionally presented history museum showcasing Taiping’s many firsts in five impressive permanent galleries.

Update - This museum has since closed down. Shame!



Gopeng Heritage House

Gopeng Heritage House

Gopeng Heritage House and the nearby Gopeng Museum are interesting places to visit while in Gopeng. Review and details here.




Han Chin Pet Soo

Han Chin Pet Soo

Han Chin Pet Soo, which translates as Han Chin Villa, is Ipoh’s latest attraction, a fascinating museum-style exhibition in the beautifully restored Hakka Miners’ Club building. 



Kinta Tin Mining (Gravel Pump) Museum

Kinta Tin Mining Museum is an interesting museum in Kampar, Perak for those interested in the history of tin mining in Malaysia. Read details here.




Negeri Sembilan

Galeri Diraja Tuanku Ja'afar

Galeri Diraja Tuanku Ja'afar

This is a brand new royal museum situated in Seremban’s scenic Lake Gardens. The Galeri contains exhibits relating to Tuanku Ja’afar’s 42 year reign as Sultan of Negeri Sembilan.



Royal Museum Seri Menanti

Royal Museum Seri Menanti

This museum of royal regalia contains displays of costumes, weapons, furniture and other paraphernalia. It is house in a beautiful old wooden palace.



Port Dickson Army Museum

Port Dickson Army Museum

Port Dickson Army Museum is one of Malaysia's best museums and among the top attractions in Negeri Sembilan.




Lukut Museum

Lukut Museum & Fort Lukut

At Lukut you can wander among the hilltop remains of a 19th century fort before visiting the neighbouring Lukut Museum which contains a Lukut Historical Gallery and other interesting artefacts.



Kuala Klawang Customs Museum

Kuala Klawang Customs Museum

This quaint town is home to the Muzium Adat which contains an interesting selection of exhibits relating to Malaysian customs, rituals and traditions.



Teratak Za'aba

This museum is dedicated to the life of the learned Malay writer, Zainal Abidin bin Ahmad, better known by the abbreviation Za’aba.




Kedah

Galeria Perdana

Galeria Perdana is an attractive museum in Langkawi displaying gifts and mementos received by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. 




Kelantan

Muzium Wau Kelantan (Kite Museum)

Muzium Wau Kelantan is a small kite museum showcasing the various types of beautiful kites found in Malaysia. Worth a visit if you are in the area.




Pahang

Time Tunnel Museum

Time Tunnel Cameron Highlands is a fascinating museum in Brinchang in the cool Cameron Highlands containing a vast horde of memorabilia, artefacts and collectables from days gone day.



Sabah

Agnes Keith House Museum in Sandakan, Sabah

Agnes Keith House

One of the best places to visit in Sandakan is the Agnes Keith House museum.  Her autobiography made Sabah famous and here you can see where she lived.



Sarawak

Petroleum Museum 

Muzium Petroleum, Sarawak is a so-so museum with a great view of Miri and is the site of Sarawak’s first oil well. See details, location and opening hours here.



Malaysian Museums - Labuan 

Labuan Museum

Labuan Museum

Labuan Museum (Muzium Labuan) is a good place for any visitor to Labuan to obtain an overview of the territory’s colourful history and learn about the cultures of the various local communities.



Malaysian Museums - Melaka

Why are so many museums in Melaka? I think there are two reasons really. First of all the city (and state) of Melaka, or Malacca, is brimming with history, heritage and culture so they have a lot of great buildings, antiquities and exhibits to show off and display. Secondly Melaka, together with Georgetown Penang, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008. In order to stay on UNESCO's list, Melaka has a duty to preserve and maintain its unique historical and cultural heritage. It is not permitted to demolish or significantly modify the appearance of its many historic buildings so the city has to find a use for these valuable buildings. Converting them into museums is a good way of ensuring the heritage buildings are occupied and looked after.

It does seem to me though that they may be running short of ideas on what to put in these museums as you will see from some of those appearing in my directory below.

I have been to all the museums in Melaka listed here (except where stated) so I am able to give you my personal reviews and opinions on each. There are others which will be added later.

Al Khawarizmi Astronomy Complex

Al Khawarizmi Astronomy Complex

Al Khawarizmi Astronomy Complex is an astronomy museum with 3D movies and an observatory located at Tanjung Bidara in Melaka. Quite interesting.




Malaysia Youth Museum & Melaka Art Gallery

Malaysia Youth Museum & Melaka Art Gallery

The Youth Museum is a strange collection of mainly sports trophies and photos. The Art Gallery upstairs is better and from the balcony you can get a great view of the Stadthuys. 



The Stadthuys

The Stadthuys

This famous Dutch-built construction contains ceramics salvaged from wrecks, ethnic costumes, dioramas of Malay houses and rice fields, musical instruments and more. 



Museum of Literature

Museum of Literature

Nice old building but the contents are of limited interest to the casual tourist. Concentrates on the life and works of Malacca-born Munshi Abdullah who has been referred to as the father of modern Malay literature. 



Democratic Government Museum

Democratic Government Museum

I have to admit I did not enter this museum which is housed in a modern building near St. Paul's Church. The name of the museum did not arouse much interest and I would have had to take my shoes off again. Maybe next time. 



Governor's House

Governor's House

This grand building served as the Governor's Residence through the Dutch and British colonial period and after independence until 1996. Quite interesting inside. 



Malaysia Architectural Museum

Malaysia Architectural Museum

Contains scale models and information on various architectural styles and famous buildings in Malaysia. Good for a short visit. 




Islamic Museum

Islamic Museum

Islamic Museum Melaka has a few interesting exhibits and you can learn how Islam was spread to Malaysia. The building itself is very attractive and worth a visit.



Department of Museums Building

Department of Museums Building is not open to the public but you can admire this well-preserved 15th century Dutch VOC house from the outside.




UMNO Museum

UMNO Museum is more likely to appeal to the followers of Malaysian politics than to the general public or tourists.




People's Museum Complex

Peoples Museum Melaka is made up of a number of mini-museums under one roof. Rather a random assortment of exhibits but interesting in parts.




Melaka Stamps Museum

Melaka Stamps Museum

One of the oldest buildings in Melaka with an interesting past and a colourful ghost story. For that reason alone it is worth visiting even if stamps are not your thing.



The Malay & Islamic World Museum

The Malay & Islamic World Museum

This 1940s building was called Bastion House and originally belonged to the Dunlop rubber company. The Museum contains a mixed bag of exhibits, some more interesting than others.



Malacca Sultanate Palace

Malacca Sultanate Palace

This is a replica of the 15th century Sultan of Malacca's palace. Great looking building with interesting contents and a beautiful garden. One of the best Malaysian Museums. Must visit. 



Proclamation of Independence Memorial

Proclamation of Independence Memorial

Once the Malacca Club, this building is where Malaysia's (actually Malaya's) independence was proclaimed. 




Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum

This riverside museum's highlight is a replica of Flor De La Mar, a treasure-laden Portuguese galleon which sank off the coast of Melaka. One of the most popular museums in Melaka. 



St. Paul's Hill

St. Paul's Hill

There has been a church on this historical site for nearly 500 years. Portuguese, Dutch and British colonists left their mark here. A statue of St. Francis Xavier is located here. 



Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum

Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum

Features the history and lifestyle of the Baba-Nyonas, a unique blending of Chinese and Malay races over the centuries to create a distinct culture. 




Macau Gallery Melaka

Macau Gallery Melaka (also spelt Macao Gallery Melaka) is a showcase for promoting Macau as a tourist destination. Read review, location and details here.




Melaka Gallery

Melaka Gallery

Melaka Gallery is one of Melaka’s least known museums. It contains historical photos and records. Read review, location and details here.




Melaka Chief Ministers Gallery

Melaka Chief Ministers Gallery

Melaka Chief Ministers Gallery was once the official residence of the Chief Minister and is now a museum. Read review, location and details here.



Melaka Submarine Museum

Submarine Museum

The Melaka Submarine Museum gives you the rare chance to go inside a real submarine on dry land. It is the only one of its kind in Malaysia.




Jasin Agricultural Museum

Jasin Agricultural Museum is a small museum in Jasin Town. While you are there have a look around the picturesque town centre. 




Coming Soon - More Reviews of Malaysian Museums

NEGERI SEMBILAN

State Museum & Cultural Complex, Seremban

Handicraft Centre, Seremban

KELANTAN

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

PAHANG

Boh Tea Factory Tour, Cameron Highlands

PERAK

Darul Ridzuan Museum, Ipoh

PENANG

Penang State Museum & Art Gallery

Toy Museum

Penang War Museum

SABAH

Sabah Museum

SARAWAK

Sarawak State Museum, Kuching


Enjoy exploring your Malaysian Museums.

P.S. For more information on Malaysian Museums you can visit the Department of Museums' official website.

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