The Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre is a must visit place in Kuala Lumpur! Here, you can learn more that the art of pewter making. The Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor centre has loads of interesting stuff to do!
You can learn about Yong Koon, the founder of Royal Selangor, get a glimpse of the pewter crafting process and learn the intricate handiwork of crafting fine jewellery by Selberan, a Royal Selangor company. And, you can enroll in the School of Hard Knocks and learn to create your own pewter!
The Games Port
There is also a dome with computer games in it. They called it the Game Port. The best game would be “The Lathe” where you get to design your own pewter piece on the computer! The other games are the Trivia, the Tangram and the Mix and Match.
The world’s largest tankard is at the Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre!
Weighing in at a hefty 1557 kg (3432 lbs) and standing 1987 mm (6′ 6?) tall and having a girth of 1693 mm (5′ 6?), this monumental feat was created to celebrate it’s centenary year in 1985.
Six of Royal Selangor’s most skilled craftsmen were assigned to create this super tankard. They took three months and worked over 2000 hours to complete the job. In 1987, it was cited in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the World’s Largest Pewter Tankard.
The tankard now stands majestically within the grounds of Royal Selangor’s premises in Kuala Lumpur. The giant tankard has travelled round the world to places such as Canada, Australia, Singapore and China!
The Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre building is made of glass and steel with an avant-garde design. As you step into the place, a giant pewter tankard at its entrance simply takes the breath away.
The Royal Selangor Visitor Centre comprises three main sections – The Gallery, Factory Tour and Retail Store.
Your pewter journey begins with the Gallery section where you’ll learn the history about Royal Selangor Pewter. You can also see some interesting exhibits showcasing the Royal Selangor’s road to success since 1885. Along the way, you’ll learn more about Yong Koon, the founder of Royal Selangor.
After that, the fun begins! There are some interesting interactive displays such as Chamber of Chimes, Hall of Finishes and Giant Weighing Scale. Don’t hesitate to touch and feel whatever you see as the place has been designed to tease your sense of touch, smell and hearing.
Fun Interactive Displays
The Chamber of Chimes allows you to strike different types of materials such as wood, plastic and bamboo. Then compare the distinct variety of sounds to the tones of pewter. It’s really fascinating!
Touch it! Feel it! The Hall of Finishes lets you touch and feel different pewter textures thus highlighting its versatility and beauty. You can can have a matt sheen, sport an antique patina or be shiny and glossy. It can feel smooth, be lightly dimpled, softly grooved or even scrunched rigid.
Huge! The Giant Weighing Scale allows you to compare the densities of metals such as gold, steel, silver and aluminium compare with that of pewter.
The Pewter Museum is also fascinating! You can see some of the oldest assortment of tools used in pewter making as well as some collection of antique pewter dating from late 1800 to the 1960s. There are about 100 exhibits in the museum.
Twin Tower Replicas
Keep your eyes open to the the replica of the world’s tallest twin towers. It was made up of 7,062 Royal Selangor Selangor tankards, which stands two-storey high at a majestic height of 9.1m!
Oh yes! There is also the wonderful Wall of Hands!! The handprints on the wall belongs to the Royal Selangor designers and craftmans who painstakingly use their hands to ensure that every piece of pewter is perfect.
Then, you will delighted to learn the art of pewter making such as casting, filing, polishing, soldering, hammering and engraving.
Fascinating stuff! Enroll yourself in the School of Hard Knocks! For a nominal fee and in less than one hour, you will learn how to create a pewter dish just as it was done by those over a hundred years ago.
Your pewter tour ends at the Retail Store where you can see a wide selection of Royal Selangor pewter, sterling silver by Comyns and precious jewellery by Selberan. They’re definitely perfect Kuala Lumpur souvenirs to take home!
How to get to Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre
The Royal Selangor Visitor Centre is just a 20 minute drive from Kuala Lumpur’s city centre.
There are ample free parking space for car, and up to 15 parking bays for coach buses.
Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre
No 4, Jalan Usahawan 6
Setapak Jaya, Kuala Lumpur
Weekdays: 9 am – 5 pm
Weekends & Public Holidays: 9 am – 5 pm
The Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre is not just for tourists. It’s for all!!
Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Center Map