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 countryâ€™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 departmentâ€™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 doesnâ€™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 Negaraâ€™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 countryâ€™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