Inside Istana Satu -  The former royal residence One of the galleries at National Museum of Malaysia Muzium Negara Building

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Timings : 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM every day

Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Entry Fee : Malaysian Citizens - Adult: RM 2
Disabled Person: RM 1
Children under 12 years: Free
Foreigners - Adult: RM 5
Children aged 6 - 12 years: RM 2
Children under 6 years: Free

National Museum of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Overview

The National Museum of Malaysia, popularly referred to as Muzium Negara, is located near the Southern tip of Lake Garden, past the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. It presents a combination of ethnology and natural history, and unveils the culture and history of Malaysia.

The display at Muzium Negara is an amalgamation of crafts, weapons, currency, tradition and culture. The three-story museum comprises of four exhibition galleries, each of which has a different theme. The two murals are renowned for their aesthetic appeal. The design of the National Museum of Malaysia is marked by carvings and aesthetics of traditional Malay Palace.

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Guided Tours of Muzium Negara

Free guided tours are available in all languages at 10:00 AM.

English: Everyday except Sundays and public holidays.
French: Tuesday and Thursday
Japanese: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Malay and Mandarin: Saturday (only during Malaysian school holidays)
No pre-booking is required.

Galleries at the National Museum of Malaysia

The museum comprises of four galleries namely A, B, C and D.

Gallery A 
The gallery traces the gradual development of the Earth's crust and the origination of the primary community in Malaysia. One can also find on display the different types of Neolithic pottery and jewellery items which were used as trade items. The remains of the human skeleton which are displayed are the oldest discovered in Southeast Asia.

Gallery B: Malay Kingdom
The gallery pays attention to the ancient proof of Malay civilization which existed in Malay peninsula and Borneo. The central focus of the gallery is on the Melaka Sultanate which has emerged as a grand and glorious kingdom.

Gallery C: Colonial Era
This gallery of Muzium Negara foreground the history of the Malay states when they were in the hands of a foreign power. The major factors which brought foreign attention to the Malay land were its strategic location and the wealth of natural resources. The gallery also includes the alterations brought by the power in the social, political and economic aspects.

Gallery D: Malaysia Today
The gallery pictures the struggle of the people in gaining independence and the formation of the new nation. It displays the achievement of the country post-independence. One can also find on display the original copy of the appointment letter of His Majesty.

The National Museum compound exhibits illustrations of transportation, both modern and traditional. A cable car and a fire engine are also present. Besides this, one can also find three locomotives; a steam locomotive, a steam tank engine and a class 22 Diesel locomotive.

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Inside one of the galleries (Source)

Istana Satu

Istana Satu is one among the former royal residences and happens to be another attraction at Muzium Negara. It is a timber palace which was built by the Sultan Terengganu. Istana Satu sets forth a layout of Malay craftsmanship.

Istana Satu at Muzium Negara, Kuala Lumpur
Inside regal Istana Satu (Source)

Architecture of National Museum

Muzium Negara showcases the Malay architecture. The building holds up 26 concrete columns, 13 columns in the East and 13 columns in the West. They give consideration to the 13 states that form Malaysia. There are two enormous murals that ornament the building which was modelled by Cheong Lai Tong. The history and craft of Malaysia are depicted by them.

The tiles gifted by the government of Pakistan have been used to adorn the central section floor. The design of the museum provides space for different foreign exhibitions. The ground floor displays the ancient Malay. The exhibition continues to portray different Malaysian states. The second floor puts to light the independence age.

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The National Museum building (Source)

How to Reach Muzium Negara

Bus: Board the Rapid KL bus No.115 at Central KL. Alternatively, use the KL Hop-in Hop -Off bus service.

KTM Commuter: Get off at the KL Sentral Station and walk a distance of 0.5 KM to reach.

MRT: Get off at Muzium Negara Station

Car Parking: Parking is available at RM 3/hour parking rate for cars and RM 1/ hour for two-wheelers.


  • Visitors can take snacks / meals at the cafeteria but food and beverages are not allowed inside the museum.
  • It is allowed to click pictures and record videos inside the museum for private purposes. Permission is to be taken for commercial purposes only.

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