I have to start by admitting that it took me four years to go to the Muzium Negara. I was under the impression that it is host to stuffy old photos and pieces of arrows. Well, it does have the arrows but otherwise I couldn’t have been more wrong!

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Apparently the museum went through extensive renovations a few years back and it is airy and modern. There are four halls: Prehistory, Malay Kingdoms, Colonial Era and Malaysia Today. Outside there are old vehicles and trains (but you can’t get into these), as well as a of an old royal house from Terangganu.

muzium negara royal house

There were enough life-like displays to keep the kids interested. The skeletons of the Perak man and others appealed to the six-year old, while the four-year old was mesmerised by the royal attire on display.

muzium negara portuguese ship

Any visitor would benefit from the crash course on the history of Malaysia, although I thought it would have been interesting to see more on certain eras. There are no disturbing elements so it’s a perfect for exposing young ones to history. I am noticing that my first grader is like a sponge and loves stories about history of the countries he knows. The exhibits provide opportunities to tell them stories they can relate to.

muzium negara japanese bicycle

When we visited there was a special exhibition on tea, and we enjoyed smelling different tea leaves inside a giant tea pot. We’ll definitely come back for the Poisonous and Venomous exhibition in August.

muzium negara tea pot

An added bonus is the Gloria Jeans outlet just outside the main entrance. The Orang Asli Crafts and Malay World Ethnological Museum next door requires a separate ticket, that can be bought at the main ticket counter.

muzium negara HGKL

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