Housed within this Custom Museum in Kuala Klawang, Jelebu are four galleries: namely Introduction to Customs Gallery, Life Cycle Gallery, Intellectual Tradition / Government and Authority Gallery, and lastly, the Adat Perpatih Gallery (customs of Negeri Sembilan).
Displaying some 258 items comprising cultural artefacts relating to the customs of various ethnic groups, these exhibits are categorised according to their functions.
Stepping into the museum, visitors are first made to wash their feet via the light reflected on the floor that looks like a puddle of water. This is the normal practice in a traditional Malay household.
Once inside, they are taken on a journey of various customs and traditions, such as weddings, circumcision, baby’s first hair cut, death, music, the appointment of leaders and government paraphernalia.
Visitors also get to view extensive collections of items based on the individual identities of different ethnicity found in Malaysia.
Other major attractions are the throne of Malaysia’s first Yang di-Pertuan Agong, a replica of legendary stones Batikam and Baling, the Royal Long Keris, Royal Short Keris and royal headgear.
With the objective to conduct research, gather, display and disseminate knowledge related to heritage and traditions of all communities in Malaysia, it took 3.5 years to collect these exhibits for this Federal museum from 2006, and it continues to be a work in progress.
Custom Museum was officially opened to the public on February 2, 2008.
With its iconic blue head dress, Muzium Adat is easy to spot. Expect a minor traffic jam in this area every Sunday until noon because of the morning market.
The idea for this Custom Museum was inspired from the then Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage Malaysia, Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim, whose hometown is Jelebu.
This is a bilingual museum and guided tours can be arranged upon request.
Admission to the museum is free-of-charge.
9am – 5pm daily (closed on the first day of Eid al-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha)
Custom Museum (Muzium Adat)
Add: 196, Jalan Dato’ Umbi, 71600 Kuala Klawang, Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan.
Tel: +606-6136586 / 88
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