Muzium Negara

The National Museum’s priceless collection of exhibits include weaponry, coins, national costumes, nobility’s headwear, artwork, musical instruments, jewelry, Shadow Theatre puppets (Wayang Kulit), samples of Malayan flora and fauna and more.

The National Museum used to be the site of the old Selangor Museum, whose right wing was destroyed during World War II.


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National Museum, Jalan Damansara 50566, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Muzium Negara is situated in downtown Kuala Lumpur, next to the Perdana Botanical Garden and National Planetarium.

As Malaysia’s National Museum, and the country’s most important treasury of historical and cultural artifacts, it goes without saying that history buffs will find themselves quite at home here.

The museum building is based on traditional Minangkabau design and architecture. One is introduced to Malay history and traditions the moment they approach the museum. Two magnificent mosaics adorn its facade, which when observed, tell a captivating story of the country’s progress.

Inside, the museum is divided into several main areas located on two levels. The ground floor showcases the national history of the Malay Peninsula, the emergence of early Malayan settlements and kingdoms, civilization during the Malacca Sultanate as well as the peninsula’s development into an important trade center.

The main exhibits here include unique archaeological findings such as Paleolithic stone tools, Neolithic earthenware, a thousand-year old Bodhisattva statue and the skeleton of a man who is believed to have resided in what is now Malaysia, about 10 or 11 thousand years ago.

The second floor is reserved for the colonial history of Malaya, from the Portuguese rule starting in 1511 up to its independence in 1957. Yet another section tells the story of the country’s modern history, the development of the national movement, the long and persistent fight for independence as well as the country’s latest achievements in various sectors.

The beautiful centre hall with its magnificent blue geometric mosaic tiles originating from Pakistan and carved ceiling panels serves as a temporary exhibition area.

An outdoor exhibition area contains displays highlighting the different modes of transport used in Malaysia during different eras, from traditional fishing boats, trishaws, and bullock carts to locomotives as well as the first national car manufactured locally in 1985.

For many visitors, the most interesting exhibition here is the Istana Satu, a life-sized timber palace built in 1884 by Sultan Zainal Abidin II of Terengganu state. The building is made of Cengal, a wood known to last 1,000 years. Perched above ground on 12 stilts for air flow and protection during floods, the structure is an excellent showcase of traditional Malay craftsmanship.

Price/entrance fees

Types of Visitor
Adult Malaysian
RM 2.00
Children under 12
Secondary school student with uniform
Secondary school student without uniform
RM 2.00
Adult International
RM 5.00
Children aged 6-12 y.o.
RM 2.00
Children below 6 y.o.
Elderly and Disabled Person
RM 1.00
International Council of Museums (ICOM) Members

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Muzium Negara Parking Rate

  • RM 3.00 per hour or part thereof
  • RM 10.00 per entry (bus, van & taxi)
    *The above rates are exlusive of 6% SST

Opening hours

Open daily from 9.00am to 6.00pm. Closed during the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidiladha.


How to get to Muzium Negara

Muzium Negara is located along Jalan Damansara in central Kuala Lumpur.

By Train
Catch the MRT and get off at Muzium Negara station, or board the KTM or LRT and alight at KL Sentral Station for the short walk to the museum.

By Bus
The KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus brings you directly to the National Museum.

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