.National History Museum Kuala Lumpur was opened on 4th April 1996. Once a former commercial bank way back in 1910, the museum is currently administered to by the Department of Museum and Antiquities.
Do you know that the establishment of the National History Museum took nearly five years to achieve? It was planned in the 6th Malaysia Plan Development Program and allocated an estimated cost of RM3.44 million.
The National History Museum carries out continuous research activities by collecting the nation’s treasures and recording inception dates and related publications. To date, there are close to 1,000 in collection that the museum has managed to preserve and categorize in priority of importance to the nation’s history. Categories of such heritage items include weaponary, manuscripts, maps, coins, royal seals and many others.
The museum practices its ‘edutainment’ concept by encouraging you to discover the wealth of Malaysia’s historical heritage through its exhibitions. Among the important exhibits that you can find in the National History Museum is the table on which the 1874 Pangkor Treaty was signed on, and the First Federation of Malaya flag that was raised after the Malay states were declared independent from Britain’s stronghold on 31 st August 1957.
Showcasing the unique history of Malaysia from its early age until today, you are also exposed to the various artifacts and related displays. This enable you to relate to Malaysia’s local cultures and at the same time remind Malaysians of their roots and stimulate their sense of belonging.
The National History Museum also holds in its possession an amazing 520 million-year-old metamorphic sandstone, a homo sapien skull believed to be 40,000-years of age, and a rather uncommon octagonal gold coin that was assessed to be from the 15th century.
The museum’s building, bearing Mughal features and Islamic motifs, the National History Museum sits well amidst other outstanding Mogul buildings at Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur. You can visit the museum daily, from 9am to 6pm.