Walk down the corridors of Malaysia’s former royal palace and get a sneak peek into the lives of Malaysian royalty at Muzium Diraja.
Muzium Diraja, Jalan Istana
50460 Kuala Lumpur
The Royal Museum, or Muzium Diraja, located at the site of the former National Palace, was the official residence of His Majesty, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, or King of Malaysia, and Her Majesty, the Raja Permaisuri Agong, for 54 years from 1957 to 2011.
Initially a mansion built in 1928 by Singaporean architecture firm Swan and MacLaren for local Chinese millionaire Chan Wing, the building exchanged hands a few times, being occupied by the Japanese and British administration during and after World War II, before being purchased by the government and converted into a palace.
After the National Palace moved in 2011, the old palace was re-opened as a museum and gallery and has been welcoming visitors since 2013. The aim of the Muzium Diraja is to disseminate information on the role of the constitutional monarchy in Malaysia and the functions of the stately home itself.
The grand and opulent building, which is an example of Palladian architecture, is today divided into two blocks.
The first block is called the National Palace Gallery, where the official and personal spaces of His Majesty and Her Majesty, each of which has a specific name, function, design and protocol, is displayed.
The second block is called the Balairong Seri, which was built in the 1980s and was used for official ceremonies, such as the Installation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Ceremony, Oath of Installation and Acclamation Ceremony, Investiture Ceremony for Federal Awards and Honours and the Royal Dining Banquet.
Display highlights include the throne hall gallery featuring a royal throne made from Cengal wood without the use of nails, and the royal dining area where monogrammed cutlery, each bearing the seal of the Royal Coat of Arms, were used.
The entrance arch, which is manned by ceremonial cavalry guards in full uniform, leads to the swimming pool as well as beautiful parks and gardens that surround the property.
|Child (6-12 y.o.)||RM2.00|
|Child (Below 5 y.o.)||Free|
|Students with uniform||RM2.00|
|Students without uniform (13-17y.o.)||RM3.00|
|Senior citizens and disabled||RM3.00|
|Child (6-12 y.o.)||RM5.00|
|Child (Below 5 y.o.)||Free|
Open from 9.00am to 5.00pm daily. Closed on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidiladha.
How to get to Muzium Diraja (Royal Museum)
The Royal Museum is located on Bukit Petaling (Petaling Hill) overlooking the Klang River. It can be reached via routes heading along Jalan Istana to Jalan Bukit Petaling. Visitors are best advised to drive or take a taxi here.
KL Sentral station is about 2km from the Royal Museum.
The KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus, will get you to KL Sentral, which is about 2km from the Royal Museum.