You Have To Visit These 14 Museums In Every State For An Interesting 'Sejarah' Lesson

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Remember those times when you used to go on class trips to museums?

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The matching PJK clothes, the teachers and tour guides shouting for everyone to line up, the unnecessary amount of souvenirs we would buy... good times.

We just don't visit museums as much anymore as we step into adulthood, but it is high time that we do. 

If you're in need of an interesting sejarah lesson, here are museums in every state for you to visit

1. P. Ramlee Memorial, Kuala Lumpur

The P. Ramlee Memorial Museum is located at the former residence of the late Malaysian artist. It was officiated in 1986 and is now under the care of the Malaysian government.

The museum honours the late legend and displays his work and contributions to society. Artifacts and displays include those of his songs, films, awards, biography, and more.

Address: No.22, Jalan Dedap, Taman P Ramlee, Setapak, 53000 Kuala Lumpur

Visiting hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-5pm, Friday: 10am-12pm and 3pm-5pm. Closed on Mondays.

Entrance fee: FREE

2. Orang Asli Museum, Selangor

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The Orang Asli Museum in Gombak, Selangor showcases the history and traditions of the indigenous Orang Asli communities in Malaysia.

It was built with the purpose of becoming a reference point for the history, culture, and artifacts of the different Orang Asli communities of Peninsular Malaysia. The museum also includes a library and a small theater hall. 

Address: KM24, Jalan Pahang Lama Gombak, 53100 Gombak, Selangor

Visiting hours: Saturday-Thursday: 9am-5pm. Closed on Fridays.

Entrance fee: FREE

3. Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, Melaka

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The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is part of the UNESCO Heritage area of Melaka and was once the private home of a wealthy family. It's filled with beautiful furniture and displays.

The written guides are great for learning all about the Peranakan culture, but guided tours are also available for an additional fee of RM4 per pax. There is also an open courtyard in the middle of the house and the building is still very well-preserved to this day.

Address: Nos. 48 & 50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka

Visiting hours: Monday-Thursday: 10am-5pm, Friday-Sunday: 10am-6pm

Entrance fee: RM15 per pax (adults)

4. Army Museum, Negeri Sembilan

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Vehicles and exhibits of the Armed Forces of Malaysia are displayed at the Army Museum in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.

There are huge tanks and plane outdoors that make for great photos and even an underground tunnel. Artillery guns are displayed indoors and there is even a memorial fountain dedicated to soldiers.

Address: Jalan Pantai Si Rusa, 71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

Visiting hours: Daily: 9.30pm-6pm

Entrance fee: FREE

5. Chinese Heritage Museum, Johor

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The Chinese Heritage Museum has displays and exhibitions of the Chinese community that settled in Johor around the 14th century.

The museum collections include photos, old coins, traditional musical instruments, documents, pottery, and more. Informative audio guides are provided. 

Address: 42 Jalan Ibrahim, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

Visiting hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 9am-5pm

Entrance fee: RM5 for adults, RM2 for children and senior citizens 

6. Maritime Museum, Labuan

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The Labuan Maritime Museum was established to provide information on the marine wildlife found in Borneo waters.

The museum has several galleries that showcase almost anything that is related to marine life. It has artifacts from shipwrecks, aquariums with different species of fishes, coral, reptiles and sea plants as well as exhibits of preserved marine creatures.

Address: Kompleks Sukan Air Antarabangsa Labuan, Jalan Tanjung Purun, 87008 Labuan

Visiting hours: Daily: 9am-6pm

Entrance fees: FREE

7. Time Tunnel, Pahang

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The Time Tunnel Local Museum is the first memorabilia museum in Malaysia. Located in Cameron Highlands, it's founded by See Kok Shan, an avid collector of old items and memorabilia.

The museum has old pictures dating back to the 1950s, handwritten notes, old tiffin carriers as well as tins and more. Elderly visitors are able to take a step back in time and relive childhood memories and their children are able to learn more about what it was like back then.

Address: UT/MR/F-255, Jalan Sungai Burong, 39100 Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, Pahang

Visiting hours: Daily: 9am-6pm

Entrance fee: RM5 for adults, RM3 for children

8. Istana Jahar, Kelantan

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Built by Sultan Muhammad II of Kelantan for his grandson in 1855, Istana Jahar currently houses the Museum of Royal Traditions and Customs of Kelantan.

The luxurious woodcarvings that showcase excellent Kelantanese craftsmanship are plastered all around the palace. There are also photographs, artifacts, as well as traditional handicraft of the Kelantanese heritage.

Address: Town Square, Jalan Sultan, Kota Bharu, Kelantan

Visiting hours: Saturday-Wednesday: 8.30am-4.45pm, Thursday: 8.30am-3.30pm. Closed on Fridays.

Entrance fee: RM2 for adults, RM1 for children

9. Hakka Tin Mining Museum, Perak

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The Hakka Tin Mining Museum, also known as Han Chin Villa, is located in Ipoh, Perak. It's a museum-style exhibition that is in an old but beautiful restored Hakka Miners' Club building.

You'd get to have an insight into the tin miners' club where prostitution, gambling, opium smoking as well as triad activities were being carried out behind the extravagant and grand facade of the club. The Club was a place for Hakka miners to hang out at after a long day in the tin mines.

Address: No. 3, Jalan Bijeh Timah (Treacher Street), 30100 Ipoh, Perak

Visiting hours: 4 sessions daily: 9.30am, 11am, 2pm, 3.30pm

Entrance: By appointment only. While there is no fee, donations are recommended.

10. Kota Kayang Museum, Perlis

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Located near the oldest man-made canal in Peninsular Malaysia, Kota Kayang Museum was demolished and rebuilt in 1991, and then converted into a museum.

The museum houses Islamic artifacts, traditionally crafted items from Perlis and Kedah as well as the belongings of the royal family.

Address: Kota Kayang Museum, Al-Marhum Kayang,  02000 Kuala Perlis, Perlis

Visiting hours: Daily: 9am-5pm

Entrance fees: FREE

11. Paddy Museum, Kedah

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The Paddy Museum sits on 12,000 square meters of land and is built to symbolise bushels of harvested rice stalks.

The museum showcases the rice cultivation process, displays different varieties of rice as well as the equipment and tools used. There is also a beautiful and realistic 360-degree mural of Kedah's paddy fields and scenery and it is equipped with cinema seats for visitors. The mural was painted by a team of 60 North Korean artists.

Address: Lot 798 Jalan Gunung Keriang, Mukim Gunung Keriang, 06570 Alor Setar, Kedah

Visiting hours: Daily: 9am-5pm

Entrance fee: RM3 for adults, RM1 for children. Additional RM2 for camera charge.

12. War Museum, Penang

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Known as one of the most haunted museums in Malaysia and one of Southeast Asia's largest war museum, the Penang War Museum, also known as Batu Maung Fort, was a fort built by the British in the 1930s.

The 20-acre museum is home to historical artifacts from WWII. Cannons, underground tunnels, bunkers, gun emplacements, weapon displays and more can be found throughout the museum. 

Address: Lot 1350 Mukim 12, Daerah Barat Daya, Batu Maung, Penang

Visiting hours: Daily: 9am-7pm

Entrance fee: RM15 for adults, RM7.50 for children

13. Kuching Cat Museum, Sarawak

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The Kuching Cat Museum is the world's first cat museum and it is located in Petra Jaya, in the Kuching City North City Hall.

The museum is home to over 4,000 exhibits, photos, and art pieces of felines. Exhibits also include mummified cats from ancient Egypt as well as 'Hello Kitty'. 

Address: Kuching North City Hall, Bukit Siol, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak 

Visiting hours: Daily: 9am-5pm

Entrance fee: FREE. RM3 for camera charge. 

14. Sabah State Museum and Heritage Village, Sabah

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The Sabah State Museum and Heritage Village is sited where the British North Borneo Governor's palace was once located. The museum consists of 5 'buildings', which are the Main Building, Science and Education Centre, Heritage Village, Art Gallery and Museum of Islamic Civilization.

The museum houses ceramics, ethnography and archaeology exhibits, brasswear and more. There is also a zoo and heritage village where you can enter and experience the different types of traditional houses of the indigenous groups of Sabah.

Address: Jalan Kebajikan, 88998 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Visiting hours: Daily: 9am-5pm

Entrance fee: RM2

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