8 museums in Malaysia for history buffs and the curious

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Museums are often associated with a country's history highlighting important events of the past, allowing the younger generation to learn and understand those precious moments in a more interesting way.

The National Museum in Kuala Lumpur was opened in 1963 by the third Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Almarhum Tuanku Syed Harun Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail, introducing young children and tourists to the country.

Today, many other museums with various themes have emerged, some filled with history and culture while others are just fun to visit.

StarMetro takes a look at eight interesting museums in the Klang Valley.

1. Royal Museum

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It is the former official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong until 2011.

The pale yellow coloured former national palace situated along Jalan Istana was later converted into a museum in 2013 to allow the public to have a glimpse of the magnificent royal home.

During StarMetro's visit, only the Royal Museum Gallery was open while the Throne Hall was closed for renovations. Admission: RM2-RM5 (Malaysians) RM3-RM10 (Foreigners)

2. National Textile Museum

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There are four galleries in this museum along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin in Kuala Lumpur features Malaysian heritage, jewellery, costumes and the evolution of textiles used in traditional clothing.

Everything from tie-dye making, batik painting and the making of beaded shoes are explained in English and Bahasa Malaysia.

The museum is currently showcasing the Headdress Exhibition: Beauty and Power where visitors get a glimpse of the various head gears and pieces used by different cultures and tribes in Malaysia. Admission is free

3. Music Museum

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If you are a music fan, you can learn more about instruments used by the Malay, Chinese, Indian as well as the many communities in Sabah and Sarawak.

A replica of the rebana ubi used during the opening ceremony of the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur sits as a centrepiece of the museum on Jalan Raja. Admission is free.

4. Red Carpet Wax Museum

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Be greeted by Mr Bean as you enter this museum in i-City in Shah Alam or dance alongside Korean superstar Psy to his popular numbers.

Visitors are allowed to touch and even pinch the faces of the figurines besides having their photos taken with them.

The museum is also different from the conventional wax museums as it is interactive.

5. Royal Malaysia Police Museum

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The museum was the idea of PB Gerry Waller, a superintendent with the Police Training Centre back in 1958 to display exhibits with the co-operation of the police force.

The collection grew and so did the museum moving from Jalan Gurney to its current spot in Jalan Perdana, Kuala Lumpur.

The building has three extensive galleries as well as an outdoor exhibition featuring an air plane, old cannons, tankers and also official vehicles of the former Inspector-General of Police.

You can also view the different police uniforms through the years and weapons used during different eras. Admission is free.

6. Telekom Museum

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Visitors are taken on a journey back in time at this museum on Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur where telephones did not exist and what other communication methods were used before Alexander Graham Bell's prized invention made it to Malaysia in 1895.

On the second floor, visitors are able to try out Telekom's high-speed broadband service on a host of computers for public use as well as its WiFi service. Admission fee: RM3-RM6 (Malaysians) RM5-RM11 (Foreigners)

7. Trick Art Museum

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This one-of-a-kind gallery showcases 3D paintings on its walls and floors to let visitors experience optical illusions.

Balance on a wooden plank while crossing a pitch black hole in a cave can be a scary thought but you can definitely trick your friends into believing it at this museum in i-City, Shah Alam.

8. Chocolate Museum

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Nestled in the middle of Kota Damansara's industrial area lies this little known museum. Visiting it on a weekday can be a quiet affair but it leaves you with ample time to browse through the museum on your own.

Although there isn't much you can learn about the origins of chocolate but that should not deter you from making a stop here, to snack and purchase some of your favourite chocolates home. The museum also has a cafe adjacent to it. Admission is free.

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