6 of the best museums in Kuala Lumpur

Now that the country is phasing into to a Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), museums locations are slowly opening their doors again to the public.

Art galleries and museums offer a valuable insight into our heritage and culture that may be lesser known to the locals. So why not bring a date or the family, and check out one of these galleries and museums in Kuala Lumpur that can offer culture, arts and aesthetics all under one roof.

It also should be mentioned that the following museums are still open to the public unless noted otherwise under said “operating hours”. Visitors are still strongly advised to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP) guidelines set by museum authorities.


1) National Art Gallery

Located between the National Theatre and the National Library, the National Art Gallery also known as “Balai Seni Visual Negara” has a collection of over 2,500 local and foreign art pieces that includes photography work as well. Spreading out over three floors, seven galleries, an outdoor exhibition and café, it serves as the official venue for various art workshops for both adults and kids to try their hand at creating their own art pieces.

Address: No. 2, Jalan Temerloh, Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: 10am – 4pm daily, closed on Mondays.

2) The Royal Museum (Old Istana Negara)

Formerly called the home for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) and the Queen, the old Istana Negara was a RM150,000, 13 acre (50,000 m²) bungalow built in 1928 by Chan Wing, a millionaire from China. It was used by a Japanese Governor until the time of their surrender in 1945. The palace has since been renovated and converted into a museum and showcases 22 of the interior palace spaces.

Address: Jalan Istana, Istana Negara, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: 9am -5pm daily

3) Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) 

Opened in 1998, IAMM is located near the National Mosque and has about 12 galleries highlighting architecture, the Quran and manuscripts older than any other book you’ve read. Other than that, it tracks the spread of Islamic culture and Art throughout India, China and other parts of the world. The museum building itself features the very aesthetically pleasing designs that one would turn their eye towards in a mosque and also has multiple domes donning various designs as seen in mosques around the world. Did we mention that it also has a dining area filled with vibrant Islamic décor and silverware for visitors to dine in?

Address: Perdana, Jalan Lembah, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: 9:30am – 6pm daily

4) National Textile Museum

A Mughal-Islamic inspired building located along Jalan Sultan Hishammuddin, the National Textile Museum features the diversity in Malaysian culture through different clothing and fabrics. Other than that, the museum also shows the development of textiles from the pre-historic times and guided tours in Bahasa Malaysia.

Address: 26, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: 9am – 6pm daily

5) Royal Malaysian Police Museum

Previously an archive of criminal evidence for police trainees’ references, the museum showcases changes that the Malaysian police forces went through from the days of Federated and Unfederated Malay States. Three galleries in a small but highly informative museum takes you back in time with its different areas and focuses; its definitely a worthy visit for anyone who finds fascination in history.

Address: 5, Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: 10am – 6pm from Saturday to Thursday.

10am -12:30pm and 2:30pm – 6pm on Fridays. Closed on Mondays.

6) Bank Negara Museum and Art Gallery

Highlighting economics, financial planning, Islamic banking and many more in eight galleries, the four story structure is a good visit for any even if you’re not a coin enthusiasts or collector. Who isn’t interested in money anyway?

Address: Sasana Kijang, 2, Jalan Dato Onn, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

BNM Museum and Art Gallery (BNM MAG) will still be temporarily closed until further notice as of August 1st 2020. Stay tuned to any announcements on its social media channels about reopening of Museum. Meanwhile, the museum remains accessible through its social media channels.

Which museum would you plan to visit? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

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