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Is­lamic Arts Mu­seum of Malaysia

Jalan Lem­bah Per­dana, KL (03 2274 2020/ 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.

Na­tional Mu­seum

Jalan Da­mansara, KL (03 2282 6255/www. muz­i­um­ne­ 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

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