This Teratak Perpatih building was officially declared as the State Museum by then Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar, YAB Dato’ Mohd. Isa bin Hj. Samad on July 8, 1986.
It was previously built to stage the National Al-Quran Recitation Competition in 1981, subsequently renovated and restored as a remembrance to celebrate its Minangkabau characteristics as an emblem of the architecture and culture of the state. Although the museum is architecturally impressive, I find the collections exhibited lacking, and according to my friend who visited it several years ago, nothing has changed over these past few years.
There is a separate Stamps and Philately Gallery where quite a number of exhibits are shown, although I fail to see their connection with either craft or culture.
This modest museum only utilises the ground floor of the building but the first floor is open to special exhibitions regularly. From September 11 onwards, the museum is hosting an exhibition titled “Pameran Keganasan Komunis – Sejarah Yang Tidak Dapat Dilupakan”.
Within the grounds is the Ampang Tinggi Palace. This palace was built by the fifth Yang Dipertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Yamtuan Ulin who ruled from 1861 until 1869. It was a gift to his daughter Tunku Chindai when she married Tunku Muda Chik, the son of the fourth Yamtuan Radin.
Ampang Tinggi Palace contains an unusual number of finely crafted panels and a pair of heavy sliding doors which cannot be found anywhere else in Peninsular Malaysia, it is said.
Initially, with the royal blessings of the 8th Yamtuan, Tuanku Abdul Rahman, it was moved to the Lake Gardens along Jalan Dato’ Hamzah to be utilised as a State Museum. However, the location was found to be inappropriate and hence, relocated to its current location at the Craft & Cultural Complex in Jalan Sungai Ujong.
While the exhibits in the State Museum are nothing to shout about, Ampang Tinggi Palace and the model of a Negeri Sembilan house are definitely well-worth a visit here.
Mon – Sun: 10am – 6pm
Fri: 10am – 12.15pm & 2.45pm – 6pm
State Museum Crafts & Cultural Park (Muzium Negeri Taman Seni Budaya)
Add: Jalan Sungai Ujong, 70200 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.
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