Museums are a place that can take visitors back in time, and give them a glimpse of a place's history and culture.

Below are five museums in Malaysia you must visit at least once in your lifetime:

1) National Textile Museum, Kuala Lumpur

Originally built for the railway department, this museum on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin is undeniably one of the best museums in Malaysia. It covers the history of textiles such as songket, batik and other Malaysian fabrics, where visitors can get to witness the traditional processes and the machinery used in making the exotic fabrics

2) National Museum, Kuala Lumpur

This is a must-visit for everyone born in the country, and beyond. The museum details the country's history, right from the prehistoric area to present day. Among the items displayed include a replica of the 11,000-year-old Perak Man, as well as recreations of royal beds, temple walls, and olden time ceremonial garb.

3) Royal Malaysian Police Museum, Kuala Lumpur

This museum contains exhibits and artefacts that reflect the history of our men in blue. Split into three galleries, the first gallery tells how policing was done during the Malay Sultanate era, while the remaining two galleries explains policing during the Straits settlement and the communist insurgency, respectively.

4) Indian Heritage Museum, Penang

Run by the state's Hindu Endowment Board and curated by a husband and wife couple, this museum in George Town is a living homage to the country's Indian community - displaying its culture and traditions.

More than 2,000 items, including old water boilers, old tiffin carriers, a tea stall, and a complete set of tools from an old barbershop are on display here.

Also preserved are belongings of Indian merchants who came from South India, and tools used by rubber estate workers.

5) Wonderfood museum, Penang

This is a museum that recreate Penang's and Malaysia's beloved street food. Although you can't eat the items on display as they are merely convincing replicas, looking the exhibits are enough to make your stomach grumble and get you to head to the nearest hawker centre for a chow down.

There are many other museums that are worth visiting, such as the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Islamic Arts Museum, Perak Museum, and the Port Dickson Army Museum, among others, the five listed above are Astro Ulagam's personal pick.

Happy exploring!

Source:,,, Malay Mail
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