While many people associate Port Dickson with its beautiful beaches, as the one and only army museum in Malaysia, Muzium Tentera Darat is a major attraction for locals and tourists alike. It is particularly packed on weekends.
On a regular weekday, it is usually filled with school children who are here on school trips.
Army Museum was officially launched by His Royal Highness Tuanku Syed Sirajudin Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail, the 12th King of Malaysia, on June 28, 2005.
Known as one of the most modern museums in the country, it won the Merit Award in the category of ‘Best Tourist Attraction on National Identity (Heritage) 2005/2006’ by Tourism Malaysia.
The main building of this museum was erected in 1935 but it was only converted into a museum in the early 2000s. Therefore, the building itself carries its own history.
There are two blocks of buildings housing four galleries each, taking visitors from era to era, from the Malacca Sultanate Era to the British Era, formation of the Malay Regiment, Early Independence Era, et cetera.
Visitors to the museum are also taken back in time with the collections of artefacts such as cannons, TUDM A4 Skyhawk, DHC Caribou and “Alloutte” helicopter.
For those seeking an adventure, there is also a replica of the underground tunnel in Betong, Thailand, used by members of the Malayan Communist Party (1968), although this one is a lot shorter at 142m in length only.
Admission to this Army Museum is free-of-charge but donations of any amount from visitors are always welcome, to upkeep the museum and its facilities.
A souvenir shop carrying army-themed merchandise such as camouflage apparel is in the pipeline, which should keep visitors returning regularly.
For now, visitors can indulge in a specially concocted 16-in-1 combat coffee by Mak Okid, that is said to be a good de-stressing beverage, perfect for highly strung soldiers.
Interestingly, Mak Okid is a retired army private who had ventured into business with just a capital of RM250.
Photography in Army Museum is allowed, at no cost, but the use of flash is prohibited.
Guided tours have to be prearranged for group visits, either in Bahasa Malaysia or English.
If you do find yourself in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, drop by this Army Museum, even if you may not be particularly interested in the country’s military history. It is simply a treasure trove and well worth your time.
Army Museum (Muzium Tentera Darat)
Add: Kem Sirusa, 71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.
Tel: +606-6409481 / 82 / 86 / 88
Fax: +606-6462359 / 6464263
Visiting hours: Wed – Sun: 10am – 5pm (closed on Mon & Tues)
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