Muzium Negara renovation update

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09 August 2007 (New Straits Times) – Earlier this year, the national museum of Malaysia (Muzium Negara) announced that it was going through renovations. The NST posts an update on the renovations, with some completions to be done in time for the Malaysian independence day on August 31.

Muzium Negara aims for ‘class’ upgrade

With Visit Malaysia Year in full swing, one would expect the country’s main attractions to be operating at their best. Muzium Negara, however, is in the midst of renovations. It seems that the renovations are unavoidable as the National Museums Department does not want the museum to be perceived as a “third-class” establishment.

“Muzium Negara is the main museum of the country. This renovation is needed so that it will be on par with other museums in the world as well as be a model museum in Malaysia,” said the department’s deputy director-general Paiman Keromo.

The renovation started in June last year after the department received a RM20 million allocation under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.

External work to the museum, such as building a walkway around the museum, re-organising the external exhibits and building an outdoor stage, began two months ago.

“So far, the renovation is on schedule and it doesn’t interrupt the current exhibitions,” Paiman said.

Since the renovations started, the first floor containing Galleries C and D had been closed, while Galleries A and B on the ground floor are open to the public.

Galleries C and D used to showcase Malaysian flora and fauna.

These artifacts are in Muzium Negara’s repository and can be visited by the public by obtaining permission.

Sixty per cent of the renovations, including the external works, will be completed by Aug 18.

On the same day, Galleries C and D, which will feature events from the Malacca Sultanate until the country’s independence, will be reopened to the public.

“We will reopen the two galleries on Aug 18 as the 50th Merdeka celebrations will be launched the night before in Malacca,” said Paiman.

Read the full story on the Muzium Negara’s renovations.

Museum guidebooks featuring the Muzium Negara:
Museum Treasures of Southeast Asia by B. Campell
Museums Of Southeast Asia by I. Lenzi
Extraordinary Museums of Southeast Asia by K. Kelly

National History Musuem, Malaysia

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In the second part of his visit to Kuala Lumpur, Howsy writes about his visit to the National History Museum (Muzium Sejarah Nasional) – not to be confused with the National Museum (Muzium Negara) which in a stroke of perfect timing is going to be closed for renovations for most part of Visit Malaysia Year 2007. I’ve visited the National History Museum before, and it’s a surprisingly good museum with a narrative that takes you all the way from the prehistoric to modern period. Much of the pre- and proto- historic material is located in the ground floor of the museum, including stone tools, reproductions of monoliths, and the Terengganu Scripted Stone, which is the earliest record of Islamic influence in the country. Howsy’s account is full of pictures of the interior of the museum, but I must say that it’s worth a visit by itself.

Related Books:
Museum Treasures of Southeast Asia by B. Campell
Museums Of Southeast Asia by I. Lenzi
Early History (The Encyclopedia of Malaysia) by Nik Hassan Shuhaimi Nik Abdul Rahman (Ed)