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Textile Museum-1997

Postal Address:
Textile Museum,
Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin,
Kuala Lumpur.
Telephone: 603-291 7136
Opening Hours: 09.00 to 17.00 hrs daily,


The Textile Museum, or Muzium Tekstil, is housed in the building which was originally built for the Federated Malay States Railway. I documented it as part of the walking tour of the heritage sites of Kuala Lumpur for AsiaExplorers. The building was designed by the prolific AB Hubback, who also designed most of the buildings reflective of the Mughal architecture (local writers often incorrectly call it Moorish architecture) which was adopted from Muslim India. The Textile Museum building was completed in 1905.

Fri. 12.15 to 14.4 45 hrs. Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji.

Admision : Free


Collection/display: The museum housed four main galleries - the Batik Gallery which featured a Batik Shoppe, the Embroidery Gallery, Weaving Gallery and Gilding Gallery. Besides the galleries, the museum also housed dioramas illustrating various production techniques like weaving, dyeing and gilding; a boutique, mini theatre and the museum shoppe. It also hosted occasional exhibitions and talks as well as do-it-yourself workshops.

Services: Guided tours by appointment, workshops and research facilities. The museum, however, ius due to be relocated. Please read this article that appeared in the New Straits Time on 20 Jan, 2000.

Location: adjacent to Dayabumi, Natural History Museum and Sultan Abdul Samad Building (the High Courts.)


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