GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

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GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

I have a day to spare while in Kuala Lumpur.  In an attempt to discover more of Malaysia, I decided to visit the repository of Malaysia’s rich cultural and historical heritage – the Muzium Negara or the National Museum of Malaysia.

This will be my first to enter a national museum without any companion.  With nothing to expect, I paid the 5 MYR (approximately PhP55.00) admission fee, and proceed to the varied galleries.
GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA
ENTRANCE TO THE MUSEUM
Surrounding the national museum building at its grounds, guests take photos of themselves with the number of outdoor displays of public transportation in Malaysia, both past and present.  An interesting display which caught my attention is the Steam Locomotive made by Kitson & Co., England which was put into service in 1921 until it ceased operation in 1969.  There are also motorized vehicles like civic and private vehicles, rickshaws and carts including an early 1.3 litre Proton saga.

GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARAGETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

The National Museum houses four main galleries with main subjects on ethnology and natural history.  Displays range from the ordinary wares to art masterpieces.  And it comes on varied occasions and eras of the Malaysian history, even traditional weddings through time are depicted.





I was reminded of the Ho Chi Minh Museum when I entered the Central Hall of the National Museum of Malaysia, where a grand staircase leads to the second floor of the building and the carved panels on the ceilings are intricate and meticulously patterned.  Ho Chi Minh and Kuala Lumpur museums have similar layout.


 AT THE GRAND STAIRCASE OF HCMC NATIONAL MUSEUM
GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA
THE MOSAIC TILES AND GRAND STAIRCASE OF MALAYSIA NATIONAL MUSEUM
The geometric design mosaic tiles of the Central Hall and a few benches on the middle makes the hall spacious.  On both sides are galleries showcasing the geographic and natural history of the Malay Peninsula starting with the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age, Hindu-Buddhist Kingdoms to Muslim Sultanate of Malacca.


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GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

There are quite a number of traditional costumes, weapons, musical instruments, arts and crafts, ceramics, flora and fauna.  I find the diorama interesting as well that I stayed for minutes watching the same.


GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA



Curious children asked their parents about ceramics and its history.  The museum was flocked by Korean and Japanese nationals that day.  I stood alone and transfer from one gallery to another with the thought that it would be more fun if I am with someone who I can change opinions and observations.  And there were local children on a field trip guided by their teacher, all lined up for every gallery they enter into.


GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

The second floor of the museum has a different concept.  The galleries are dedicated to the colonial history paving the way to Independence.  The royal headgears of the Malay rulers are the main attractions on this side of the National Museum.

I noticed also Malaysian costumes displayed worn by their nationals at different parts of the world.  Currently, it is evident that Malaysia is aggressive on uniting the Asian nations.  If there are museums mostly themed on war and some on arts and crafts, Muzium Negara is centered more on how they reach out to all nations and how it can be the perfect hub for the Asian integration.


GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARAGETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

National Museum of Malaysia
Muzium Negara
Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia

How I went there:  From KL Sentral Station, they say it’s a walking distance to the museum.  But why should I walk when there’s a free bus.  The GO KL City Bus (red line) is available at KL Sentral Station and two stops from the latter is the Muzium Negara.

GETTING TO KNOW MALAYSIA THRU MUZIUM NEGARA

GO KL City Bus Operating Hours: 6:00AM to 11:00PM daily and 7:00am to 11:00PM on weekends and holidays.  For peak hours on weekdays (7AM to 10AM and 4PM to 8PM), frequency is every five minutes while others every 10 minutes. 

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