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.
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 different 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 old), RM2, Under six years, free; (MyKad holders) Adults, RM2, Children (under 12 years), free.
Malacca Maritime Museum
Jalan Quayside, Malacca (06 283 0926). The Flor de la Mar was a Portuguese ship that sank off Malacca’s coast in the 16th century. It was loaded with treasures to return to Portugal when disaster struck. Now, a replica stands in the harbour and holds a museum dedicated to the city’s colonial trading past. Although the displays could be significantly improved, kids seem to love exploring the ship and living out their