40 Museums in Malaysia that you should visit - With photos & details

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40 Museums to explore in Malaysia

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A FamosaJalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka, Malaysia

Former Portuguese fortress, among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Southeast Asia. The Porta de Santiago, a small gatehouse, is the only part of the fortress that still remains today.

Agnes Keith House296, Jalan Utara, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

The museum is named after Agnes Newton Keith, an American author known for her three autobiographical accounts of life in British North Borneo. The house provides insights into life during the administration of British North Borneo and is furnished with a reproduction of colonial furniture and antiques. A gallery on the first floor tells the story of Agnes, her books and her family.

Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum48-50, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

The Baba & Nyonya House Museum, also known as the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, is a museum in Melaka City, Melaka, Malaysia. It showcases the local history of ethnic Chinese-Malays called Baba-Nyonya or Peranakan in Melaka.

Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum08400 Merbok, Kedah, Malaysia

The Bujang Valley is a sprawling historical complex and has an area of approximately 224 square kilometres situated near Merbok, Kedah, between Gunung Jerai in the north and Muda River in the south. It is the richest archaeological area in Malaysia. These archaeological remains show that there was a Hindu-Buddhist polity here.

Skull Hill (Bukit Tengkorak) is eight kilometers from the center of Semporna and houses a small interesting archaeological museum at its base.

Cat museumJalan DBKU, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

The World’s first Cat Museum, devoted to all things feline, is in Petra Jaya in the Kuching City North City Hall. Cat lovers will find a range of exhibits, photos, feline art and cat souvenirs; over 4,000 of them.

Chinese History MuseumChinese History Museum, Jalan Bazar, Sarawak, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

The museum is about the history of the Chinese people in Sarawak. The museum displays various artifacts related to the Chinese affairs of Sarawak during the White Rajahs era, such as musical instruments, jade, ceramics, photos, etc.

Han Chin Pet Soo3, Jalan Bijeh Timah, 30100 Ipoh, Negeri Perak, Malaysia

Han Chin Pet Soo is Malaysia's first Hakka tin mining museum managed by Ipoh World Sdn. Bhd. Located on the edge of Ipoh's Old Town. This unique museum encompasses approximately 5000 square feet over three floors. On display are artifacts, collectibles, ephemeral and also photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Islamic Heritage MuseumJalan P. Ramlee, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

The museum exhibits the history and culture of the Muslim community in Sarawak and Malay archipelago, such as the development of Islam.

Istana Batu Royal MuseumJalan Istana, Bandar Kota Bharu, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia

A Royal museum in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia, which was constructed in 1939 during the reign of Sultan Ismail ibn Sultan Muhammad IV as a wedding gift for his nephew Yahya Petra. The museum displays various belongings of the Sultan of Kelantan, such as photographs, costumes, artifacts, furniture, etc. It opens every day except Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum42, Jalan Ibrahim, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

The Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum is a museum in Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia. The museum is about the history of the Chinese community in Johor Bahru. Collections in the museum include documents, music instruments, old money, photos, porcelain etc. It showcases the early days of the Chinese settlement in Johor Bahru, their history, culture, traditions, and occupations.

Kedah Paddy MuseumGunung Keriang, 05150 Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

The Paddy Museum is a museum in Alor Setar, Kota Setar, Kedah, Malaysia. The museum is a 3-story building with a total area of 12,000 m2. It resembles bushels of harvested rice stalks decorated with rice motifs. The murals on the museum wall was done by 60 artists from North Korea.

Kelantan State Museum, Kota Bharu, Kelantan.Darul Naim, Jalan Hospital, Bandar Kota Bharu, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia

The Kelantan Museum is a museum in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia. The museum was established in the former building of the Kota Bharu Municipal Council. In 1988  which showcases the history, culture, and art of Kelantan. The museum regularly holds various events, such as book launches, etc.

Kota Johor LamaLot 1468, Jalan Kota Lama, Kampung Johor Lama, 81900 Ayer Tawar, Johor, Malaysia

This was the best defense built along Johor during the time of Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah II (1528-1564). It was built to fight the external invading forces. The fort was in its peak power during the year of 1,511 when Johor became the ruling center and the fort was used to counter-attack the Portuguese position in Malacca.

Malacca Submarine MuseumMalacca, Malaysia

The Submarine Museum is a museum about a submarine in Klebang, Melaka, Malaysia. The museum features a decommissioned France-made Agosta class 70 submarine, which was used by the Royal Malaysian Navy for submarine training for a short period of time. The submarine is measured 67.5 meters in length, 11.7 in height and 6.5 meters in width. It weighs 1,300 tonnes.

Malaysia Prison MuseumJalan Parameswara, Kampung Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

The Malaysia Prison Museum is a museum in Melaka City, Melaka, Malaysia. The museum building used to be a prison built in Malaysia. The building was originally constructed in 1860 by Governor Colonel Cavenagh as HM Prison Jail. It is now one of the famous tourist attractions in Malacca which opens every day except Monday from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Mari Mari Cultural VillageInanam, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

The village operates as a museum that preserves Borneo's ethnic culture. It aims to share the knowledge, history, culture, and tradition of Borneo. The village features 5 different ethnic tribes - the rice farmer Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunters and fisherman Lundayeh, the cowboy and sea gypsey Bajau, and the famously feared headhunting tribe Murut.

Maritime Museum MelakaJalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

The main attraction is a full-sized replica of Flor De La Mar, a treasure-laden 16th-century Portuguese galleon that sank during a storm in 1511 somewhere in the Straits of Malacca. The museum consists of three parts.

Melaka Sultanate Palace MuseumJalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

A modern reconstruction of the palace of the Melaka Sultanate showcasing the history of the region.

Museum of Royal Malaysian Marine. Muzium TLDMMuzium Tldm, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

The Royal Malaysian Navy Museum is a museum about the Royal Malaysian Navy in Melaka City, Melaka, Malaysia. The museums exhibit photos of admirals, medals of honor, various ranks in the naval command, evolution of naval uniforms, naval weapons, communication equipment, navigation symbols, training programs, etc.