National History Museum
- Opened: 4th April 1996
Address and Contact
- Address: Muzium Sejarah Nasional
- 29, Jalan Raja, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: 603-26944590 / 26944591
- Fax: 603-26944640
- Official Website http://www.nationalhistorymuseum.gov.my
- Daily 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.
- Close on the first day of the Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji holidays
- Entrance: Free
- This museum shows Malaysia's history from the very early ages to the present day.
- The National History Museum aims to carry out research on ancient artifacts and materials that could be of interest or related to the nation's history.
- To carry out museum-related activities such as conducting research, gathering, recording and discovering historical heritage properties of the nation.
- To exhibit and display the nation's historical artifacts at the gallery with the aim of distributing knowledge to visitors and members of the public about the history of the country.
- To create additional destination or attraction for the nation's tourism industry.
Mission and Vision of the National History Museum
- Attractive, creating awareness and providing accurate information as well as promoting true historical understanding by the society at large about the history of their own country.
- The National History Museum aims to encourage as well as educate more members of the young generation to get interested and love the history of their own country in a move to create a society of high caliber.
- To strive for gathering as many materials as possible as proves to history as well as collecting the country's historical artifacts to be perpetuated and exhibited for public's view.
- To strive for making this museum an important centre for reference of the country's history.
- To strive for making this museum as an interesting and informative centre for learning and visit.
History of the National History Building
- Architect: Arthur Charles Alfred Norman
- Built in 1888 to house the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, which is now the Standard
- Chartered Bank. The building served as a bank until 1965. It was also used for different government
- departments before being turned into the National History Museum in 1991.
- It was also used as a telecommunications office during the Japanese occupation.
- It is now under the purview of the Department of Museum and Antiquities.
How to Go to the National History Museum
Use Intrakota bus nos. 33, 35, 2, 27, 28 and 110 from Pasar Seni or Central Market
If you use the Putra Line, stop at the Pasar Seni or Masjid Jamek station.
If you use the Ampang Line, stop at the Masjid Jamek station.
It is a 10 minutes walk heading toward the Dataran Merdeka.
Will cost you roughly RM10 from anywhere within the city.
- Information Counter
- Souvenir shop
- Photo Collection
- Wheelchair - limited number available
- Guided Tour - advanced notice is required.
- Pre-historic period from the Paleolithic Ages, Mesolithic or Hoabinhian Ages and Neolithic Ages
- Proto historical period showing that primitive civilization existed as early as the fourth century in this land
- Megalithic culture or "Live Stone" is also seen to exist here in the Malay peninsula
- The history and arrival of Islam to Malaysia. You can see replica of the Batu Bersurat or Stone Inscription found in Trengganu.
- Collection of rocks formed millions of years ago.
- The collection of rocks became the main characteristic of the history of Malaysia's nature. This gallery
- exhibits part of the rock materials, which had been formed millions of years ago.
First Floor Sections
- Melaka Sultanate era from the 1400s right up to the European colonization in the early 1500s.
- The Portuguese, The Dutch and The British in Malaya from the 1500s until independence.
- The Malay States
- British Power in Sabah & Sarawak and the White Rajah
- Nationalism section display the struggle for independence from the British.
- Japanese Occupation - here you'll see interesting exhibits about the Japanese occupation right until their surrender to the British Malaya Administration.
- The communist insurgency.
- Events leading to the proclamation of independence
- The Past and Present Kings of Malaysia and the Prime Ministers section.
- The Formation of Malaysia Section attempts tell you why and how the federation was formed in 1963 and the cessation of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965.
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