National Museum at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Are you a fan of culture and heritage? If yes, then the Malaysia National Museum will certainly fulfill your search for knowledge on the Malay culture, traditions, and history. From the exterior of the building to its displays, there is a touch of the Malaysian culture. In fact, the whole structure is inspired by the design of the traditional Malay houses called “Rumah Gadang.” The National Museum is located at the Jalan Damansara in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, and was first opened to the public in 1963.
While the National Museum looks extremely traditional from the outside, a tour inside will actually showcase different takes on architecture, so there’s a beautiful mixture of traditional and contemporary designs spanning all around this three-story museum. Upon entering the entrance hall, visitors will be readily greeted by an enormous mosaic art, which depicts the colorful culture and history of Malaysia. Apart from this, the National Museum highlights four major galleries focusing on historical stories, religious statues, vessels, ancient weapons, costumes, musical instruments, and even the flora and fauna that surrounds the country.
Today, Malaysia is well-known for having one of the most organized and connected transportation line in Southeast Asia. However, there is one outdoor section in the National Museum that actually showcases the transition of Malaysian transportation, starting from the Melaka Bullock Cart, up until the first car was released in the country.
Given this rich information that the National Museum offers to its visitors, the management has ensured to have competent and knowledgeable tour guides of the place. As a matter of fact, due to the huge success of the Museum, and the large number of tourists that it attracts year after year, the Museum Volunteer Malaysia was created. This is a group that is duly recognized by the Department of National Museums, and it is comprised of volunteers of different nationalities that offer guided tour of the museum, with the primary intent of retelling and preserving the beautiful story of Malaysian history and culture. So, when you visit the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur, make sure to tap one of the volunteer tour guides from the Museum Volunteer Malaysia.
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