Art gal­leries & mu­se­ums

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Is­lamic Arts Mu­seum of Malaysia

Jalan Lem­bah Per­dana, KL (03 2274 2020/ www.iamm.org.my). Pe­ruse more than 7,000 Is­lamic arte­facts at one of KL’s most beau­ti­ful mu­se­ums. A work of art in it­self, the Is­lamic Arts Mu­seum is an ar­chi­tec­tural marvel show­cas­ing in­verted domes, elab­o­rate tiling and an an­gu­lar foun­tain. A par­tic­u­larly in­trigu­ing per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion in the Is­lamic Ar­chi­tec­ture Gallery dis­plays minia­ture repli­cas of renowned mosques around the world. Ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes for kids are held ev­ery week­end in the chil­dren’s li­brary. Daily, 10am-6pm. Adults, RM14; Chil­dren, RM7.

myBatik

Yayasan Seni, 333 Per­siaran Ritchie off Jalan Ritchie, KL (03 4251 5154/www. mybatik.com). Housed in the heart of bustling KL City, myBatik is an un­ex­pected haven for peace and quiet when you’ve had enough of traf­fic jams and dusty streets. Spread out in a spa­cious green com­pound, the batik cen­tre con­sists of a batik-mak­ing ate­lier, a store car­ry­ing myr­iad batik prod­ucts and the Green Tomato Café. En­rol your child in a batik-mak­ing work­shop or join one your­self. Daily, 8am-5pm.

Na­tional Mu­seum

Jalan Da­mansara, KL (03 2282 6255/www. muz­i­um­ne­gara.gov.my). In­stru­men­tal to the preser­va­tion of Malaysian cul­ture, the Na­tional Mu­seum opened its doors in Au­gust 1963, six years fol­low­ing Malaysia’s in­de­pen­dence. Free guided tours are con­ducted in myr­iad lan­guages at 10am daily. Stu­dents wear­ing their school uni­forms gain free ad­mis­sion, even on the week­ends! Daily, 9am-6pm ex­cept on cer­tain public hol­i­days. Adults, RM5, Chil­dren 6-12 years, RM2, Un­der six, Free; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM2, Chil­dren un­der 12, Free.

Pet­ro­sains, The Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre

Level 4, Suria KLCC, KL (03 2331 8181/ www.pet­ro­sains.com.my). A pet project of Petronas, Pet­ro­sains is a com­mend­able at­trac­tion for learn­ing about science and petroleum’s role in Malaysia’s econ­omy. Visit the age of the dinosaurs in the Geo­time Dio­rama, hop aboard an amuse­ment ride tak­ing you through a rain­for­est, visit a re­al­is­tic replica of an oil plat­form and catch a 3D movie in the mini theatre. If the kids get hun­gry or thirsty, quell their grouchy spells by mak­ing a quick stop for snacks and drinks at Mol­e­cule Café. Tue-Fri, 9:30am-5.30pm (last ad­mis­sion 4pm); Sat-Sun, 9.30am-6.30pm (last ad­mis­sion 5pm). Adults, RM26.50, Youth 13-17 years RM21.20, Chil­dren 3-12 years RM15.90, Chil­dren two and be­low, Free; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM15.90, Youth 13-17 years, RM10.60, Chil­dren 3-12 years, RM5.30, Chil­dren two and be­low, Free. Spe­cial fam­ily packages avail­able.

Pe­nang

Made In Pe­nang In­ter­ac­tive Mu­seum

3 Pengkalan Weld, Ge­orge Town (04 262 6119/www.madein­penang.my). This new kid on the block just opened in 2013, but is al­ready one of Pe­nang’s most vis­ited mu­se­ums. Three-di­men­sional mu­rals are the mu­seum’s main draw, so come equipped with a cam­era to take ad­van­tage of photo ops! Strate­gic pos­ing will re­sult in hi­lar­i­ous ef­fects. Daily, 9am-6pm. Adults, RM15; Chil­dren, RM10; Kids shorter than tick­et­ing counter en­ter for free.

Toy Mu­seum Her­itage Gar­den

1370, MK2, Teluk Ba­hang (012 460 2096/ www.penang­toy­mu­seum.com). Pre­vi­ously the Pe­nang Toy Musuem in Tan­jung Bun­gah, this at­trac­tion was com­pletely re­vamped af­ter re­lo­cat­ing to Teluk Ba­hang. This wacky mu­seum right next to SJK (C) Eok Hua sells it­self as four at­trac­tions (Wax Mu­seum, Toy Mu­seum, Mu­seum of Bags and Col­lectibles and the Her­itage Gar­den) for one price. Daily, 9am-6pm (last ad­mis­sion 5.30pm). Adults, RM15; Chil­dren, RM10.

Sabah

Teck Guan Co­coa Mu­seum

Mile 2, Tan­jung Batu Laut, Teck Guan Fac­tory, Tawau (08 977 9955/www. face­book.com/Teck­GuanCo­coaMu­seum). This unas­sum­ing mu­seum sur­rounded by co­coa trees is worth pok­ing around. Dis­cover co­coa’s his­tory and ob­serve the choco­late man­u­fac­tur­ing process. If your kids aren’t taken with the ed­u­ca­tional as­pect of the mu­seum, they’ll at least be thrilled to take home some choco­latey snacks sold on the premises. Mon-Sat, 9am-4pm. RM20 per pax.

Sarawak

Cat Mu­seum

Kuching North City Hall, Bukit Siol, Jalan Se­mar­i­ang, Petra Jaya, Kuching (08 244 6688). It only seems fit­ting that Kuching, which is Malay for ‘cat,’ houses one of the few cat mu­se­ums in the world. This wacky at­trac­tion presents the role of cats in dif­fer­ent cul­tures, tips on car­ing for cats as well as some tacky me­mora­bilia. While the mu­seum feels more like a de­pos­i­tory for cat-themed junk, hard­core fans of the furry fe­lines are likely to deem it the cat’s meow. Daily, 9am-5pm ex­cept for public hol­i­days. Free en­trance.

Pet­ro­sains

Cat Mu­seum

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