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Kuala Lumpur is, unfortunately, a little short on quality museums, as the state-run institutions are somewhat old and dusty. There are a few worthy candidates though, and Malaysia’s colourful history is told well through their exhibitions.
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
The IAMM is a truly beautiful space, worth visiting to marvel at the architecture alone. There are a number of permanent galleries, showcasing architecture, jewellery, textiles, metalwork and more from around the region. The museum also regularly hosts international touring exhibitions.
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
Run by Arch, the company that produces beautiful carved wood veneer souvenirs, KL City Gallery is located just off Merdeka Square. It’s not a huge place, but thoughtfully planned out, and you’ll be able to read about Kuala Lumpur’s chequered history and look at old photographs and new recreations of city life through the years.
Bank Negara Malaysia Money Museum and Art Gallery
If you’d like to learn about the history of money in Malaysia (a more interesting topic than it sounds), this is the place to be. You’ll be able to see the design progression of currency notes and handle old coins. The art gallery attached to the museum is one of the best in the city, housing the work of some of the most prominent Malaysian artists of our time.