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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 Malacca Mar­itime Mu­seum

Jalan Quay­side (06 284 7090). 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 pi­rate fan­tasies. Who can blame them? Keep in mind that your ticket can also be used to en­ter the Mar­itime Mu­seum Phase II and the Royal Malaysian Navy Mu­seum, both of which are be­side the Flor de la Mar. Mon-Fri, 9am-5.30pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-9pm. Adults, RM6, Chil­dren (7-12 years old), RM2; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM3, Chil­dren (7-12 years old), RM1.

Sub­ma­rine Mu­seum

Dataran 1Malaysia, Kle­bang (06 282 6526/06 281 1289). The de­com­mis­sioned SMD Oues­sant was sent to Malaysia from France in 2011 and now serves as a dusty (and rusty) mu­seum. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to get the kids in­side a real sub­ma­rine, where they can check out all the but­tons and di­als and get a sense of what it’s like to live and work un­der the sea. The sub­ma­rine is air con­di­tioned in­side but cramped, so if you are prone to claus­tro­pho­bia, give it a miss. Daily, 9am-5pm. Adults, RM3; Chil­dren (un­der 12 years), RM1.


Hin Bus De­pot Art Cen­tre

31A Jalan Gur­d­wara, Ge­orge Town (www. face­­bus­de­pot). Once an aban­doned bus de­pot, Hin has evolved into an un­likely art space, cour­tesy of Lithua­nian artist Ernest Zachare­vic’s first solo ex­hi­bi­tion. Wall mu­rals from his ex­hi­bi­tion still re­main in­tact and to­day, Hin is adding artis­tic touches of its own, promis­ing more ex­hi­bi­tions from home-grown artists. It’s a reg­u­lar venue for work­shops, art jams and other events, many of which are fam­ily friendly so keep an eye on their Face­book page for up­dates. Daily, 12noon-7pm.


Hat Chin Pet Soo

3 Jalan Bi­jeh Timah (Treacher Street), Ipoh (05 241 4541/www.ipo­ The Hat Chin Pet Soo was once the base for the Hakka Tin Min­ers’ Club, a venue where mem­bers could re­lax, chat, gam­ble and ap­par­ently even en­ter­tain girls or smoke opium. Now un­der the care of Ipoh World, it has been turned into a mu­seum ded­i­cated to the story of the min­ers. You must make an ap­point­ment to tour the es­tab­lish­ment. These are free but dona­tions are en­cour­aged and go to­wards the up­keep of the mu­seum. Tours are in­for­ma­tive and en­joy­able for both adults and chil­dren. Tours are free by ap­point­ment: Tue-Fri, 9.30am, 11.30am & 2.30pm; Sat-Sun and Pub­lic Hol­i­days (ex­cept Mon­days), 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm.

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