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National Museum of History

Postal Address:
Muzium Sejarah Nasional,
Jalan Temerloh,
29 Jalan Raja,
50566 Kuala Lumpur.
Telephone: 603-26944590 / 603-26944591 / 603-26944592
Fax: 603-26944640
web site:
Opening Hours: 9.00am - 6.00pm
Every day including Saturday and Sunday


In the Malay language National History Museum is known as “Muzium Sejarah Nasional”. This repository cradles opposite to the Dataran Mardeka. The construction tells the story of its own. This building is over a hundred years old. The tale of National History Museum consists of notes and inscriptions of the archaic period. The treasures of this construction dates back to the 8th and 9th century. The Kohinoor of this place is 8-armed statue of Buddha which belongs to the year of 1936.

This bronze statue is an Anglo Oriental creation. The original building had passed through several man made and natural catastrophes. This construction was re-built incorporating the Moorish and Islamic architecture. A.C. Norman crafted this piece of art. This residence house of the past waits for the tourists to bask in the sun of appreciation and recognition. There are numerous modern historical events that remains concealed under the aegis of this gallery. During the phase of Japanese occupation, this particular human construction was used as telecommunication department.

This building was later utilized by the Malaysian government for several purposes. The gallery of National History Museum of KL possesses paintings and sculptures like- “A Sculpture of Hang Tuah” which stands in the lobby, pre-historic weapons and armaments, replica of Buddhagupta stone, British Army during the Japanese Occupation, Japanese army and bicycle, Tin Animal Money, Malay Keris, Miniature Candi of Kedah’s Bujang Valley will entice the innermost wishes of your heart.

History of Building:
What is unique about this History Museum is its building and its architectural design. This building was previously an old building of 100 years old which had a history of its own. Originally, the building was a small structure built with wood and bricks.

Historical notes and inscriptions revealed that this building was first erected in 1888 to house the headquarters of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, which was the first commercial bank operating in Kuala Lumpur. The bank is now known as the Standard Chartered Bank of Malaysia. However, the original old building structure was torn down and it was rebuilt using a combination of the characteristics typical of the Moorish and Islamic architecture.

The person responsible for designing the new building was A.C Norman, who was at that time the Public Works Department?s Acting Superintendent-cum-State Architect. The architecture of the museum was also harmonized with the buildings surrounding it, which were at one time the nerve of the country?s administration. During the Japanese Occupation, this building was used by the Japanese Telecommunication Department. Once the war was over, the function of the building as the main commercial bank was revived and lasted in 1965.

The building was later occupied by the Kuala Lumpur District and Land Office which is now known as the Federal Territory Department of Land and Mines before it was taken over by the Federal Territory Religious Affairs Office or now better known as the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JAWI). On the 24th October 1991 this building was officially handed over to the Department of Museum and Antiquities to be turned into the National History Museum.

Close on the first day of the Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji holidays

Admision: Free

Facilities in the Museum:
* Information Counter
* Library
* Souvenir shop and book sale corner
* Photo Collection
* Wheelchair is provided during tour if needed (limited)
* Cafeterias and restaurants are available nearby the museum (Plaza Putera and Dayabumi)
* Ticket parking area is available at Plaza Putera.
* Guided Tour (available if request or application is made in advance).

Collection/display: Houses a permanent collection and display of artefacts and dioramas depicting Malaysian natural history, the pre-historic ages, megalithic civilization, coming of Islam, Johor-Riau Empire, Malacca sultanate, colonial era, right up to modern day Malaysia.

Other attraction:
For those who have the time to visit this museum, there are several interesting places nearby which you can visit. Among them;

* Sultan Abdul Samad Building
* Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka or Independence square)
* Pasar Seni (Central Market)
* Pustaka Peringatan Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur Memorial park)
* Masjid Jamek (Jamek Mosque)
* Spot where two rivers (Gombak and Kelang rivers) meet
* Padang Kelab Selangor (Selangor Club Field)
* Taman Tasik Perdana (Perdana Lake Garden)
* Dayabumi Complex
* Train (KTMB) station
* Tunku Abdul Rahman Memorial
* Parliament
* National Monument

Location: Jalan Raja, Opposite Dataran Merdeka The locations related to Mecca are represented by the path the bullet takes from the muzzle of the gun to the target and may not be nearest by road. For example, Mecca is located 1.1 kilometre from Makkah. Mecca is located 54.8 kilometre from Jiddah. Mecca is located 64.1 kilometre from at-Taif (Makkah). Mecca is located 69.4 kilometre from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: Jeddah International Mecca is located 73.3 kilometre from Jiddah (Makkah).

How to Reach there:
Intrakota bus no. 33, 35, 2, 27, 28 and 110 from Chow Kit and other buses plying the Pasar Seni (Central Market).
10 minutes? walk from Putra LRT station (Pasar Seni) and Star LRT station as well as Putra LRT station (Masjid Jamek)
Taxi service is easily available around the museum area.


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Near By:

KL Apartment : Blok A (0.36 km)
KL Bank : Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi (Malaysia) Bhd (0.31 km)
KL Bar : The Reggae Bar (0.44 km)
KL Building : Pentas Dataran Merdeka (0.08 km)
KL Embassy : High Commission for Pakistan (1.84 km)
KL Goverments : Land & Mines Department (0.05 km)
KL Hotel : Winsin Hotel (0.35 km)
KL Mosque : Jamek Mosque (0.31 km)
KL Monorail : Monorail Maharajalela Station (1.1 km)
KL Cinema : Coliseum Theatre (0.77 km)
KL Restaurant : Lai Foong Restaurant (0.4 km)
KL Shopping : Kota Raya Complex (0.51 km)
KL Spa : Impiana KLCC Hotel & Spa (2.1 km)