Art galleries & museums
KL & Surrounds
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.