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The National Museum is housed in a building which resembles a traditional Malaysian house, but is still a modern one. Here, you will learn about the history of the country for a ridiculously low entry fee. The Museum is divided into four parts: Pre-historics, tribes and ancient kingdoms, colonial times and modern Malaysia. As Dutch history is one of my main fields of interests, the Dutch colonial time was my favourite part. But the others were as well too. Exhibits were presented in a modern atmosphere and easily accessible to the visitors. Only the part showing modern Malaysia reminded me of state propaganda at some points and it was also difficult to remember most of the names of the people who led Malaysia into independence.
The open air exhibition has little structure, but will show some larger items of Malaysian history. This contains a steam engine train as well as the first example of the first Malaysian-made car, the Proton Saga (based on the Mitsubishi Lancer) from 1985.

Address: Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur 50566
Directions: From KL Sentral, get via Jalan Perdana (next to the Mosque) into Lake Gardens. At the southernmost point, you will find a pedestrian bridge. The museum is just on the other side of it, you will see the building from distance.
Phone: +60 3 2282 6255
Website: http://www.muziumnegara.gov.my/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 26, 2011
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