Do you know these nifty boutique museums in Selangor? Tourism Selangor has put this list of museums together. With Malaysia Day coming up, why not head here with the family and discover more about Malaysian culture and history!
1) Jugra Insitu Museum
This building used to be a district police station, which was built in 1878 by a British officer, Captain Harry Charles Syers. It was a centre of government and administration of the Selangor Sultanate. Now, it serves as a museum with three exhibition halls containing historical exhibitions. There is no charge to enter this museum. Taking pictures is not allowed.
You can visit the museum from 9.30am to 5.30pm (Saturday to Thursday) and on Fridays from 9.30am – 12 noon and 2.45 pm to 5.30pm.
2) Royal Gallery Sultan Abdul Aziz
Located in Klang, Selangor, this Royal Gallery is all about the former Sultan of Selangor Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah. It was built in 1909 as the Bangunan Sultan Sulaiman. The British government used the building for the Land Office and Administration Office of British Malaya. In addition, the building was also used as the headquarters of the Japanese army during the Japanese occupation of Malaya. In 1957 after the independence of Malaya, the building was used as the Klang District Office. It was officially opened and established as a Memorial Museum on 19 October 2007 by Sultan Sharafuddin.
The gallery is open Tuesdays until Sundays and is open from 10am to 5pm. On Mondays and public holidays it is closed. Admission is free.
For more information, dial 03-3373 6500 or view their FB page here.
3) Kuala Selangor Museum
Kuala Selangor Museum (Muzium Sejarah Daerah Kuala Selangor) is home to Selangor’s historical artefacts such as tombstones, weapons, spears and cannons. They were used during the war at the beginning of the Sultanate of Selangor by Sultan Salehuddin (Raja Lumu) in 1766. There were local battles in Selangor (Civil War) and also battles fought with the Dutch and the British. The civil war involved Sultan Abdul Samad, Raja Mahmud, Raja Abdullah from Kuala Lumpur, Raja Sulaiman (ruler of Klang), Tengku Kudin, and Raja Mahadi. It was then a battle for power and a political game between those in power. This museum is close to Altingsburd Lighthouse. You can visit this after going to Kuala Selangor Museum. The museum is open every day from 9.30am to 5.30 pm.
4) Kajang Heritage Centre
The establishment of Kajang city is the result of tin mining and rubber cultivation. In the 1850s, Hulu Langat District was the first place for tin mining in Rekoh and Sultan Abdul Samad offered Towkay Chin Ah Chan to open a tin mine in Bukit Arang in 1868. Mandailing immigrants from Sumatra were pioneers in opening up forest land in Kajang. The museum offers various collections related to Kajang city and Hulu Langat District. Visitors can visit the Kajang Heritage Center on weekends only, from 10am to 5pm.
For more information, email the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out their FB page here.
5) Sultan Alam Shah Museum
This museum is the main embodiment of cultural heritage and development in the State of Selangor with architecture and design from the Minangkabau, Sumatra, in Indonesia. The museum was established in 1974 and was named after Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah, the seventh sultan of Selangor. The museum features prehistoric artefacts of early human settlements and drum fragments from the Bronze Age (Dong Son) since 600 BC. This museum also tells the history of Selangor from the time of the Portuguese, Bugis, Dutch, Melaka and Johor Sultanate until Independence Day. The museum can be visited for free and is open from Tuesday to Sunday only, from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
About Tourism Selangor
Tourism Selangor was established to increase the number of local and international tourists to Selangor, by enhancing and developing the known as well as the undiscovered beauty of the State. For more information, visit Tourism Selangor’s official website here.
This article is written by Mr. Muhammad Nabel Asyhar, Corporate Communications Department at Tourism Selangor.