There are many historic museums which commemorate the heroes who fought for the Malay land from the colonial power of Great Britain. Historic visits to Malaysia have never been disappointing in offering meaningful and significant memories. It is very important to cultivate the spirit of love for the country, and strengthen the unity among the people.
Therefore, below is a list of museums in Selangor which can be visited:
1) JUGRA INSITU MUSEUM
It is a building of ancient ruins of a district Police Station which was built in 1878 by a British officer, Captain Harry Charles Syers (1853 – 1897), and then used as a centre of Government and administration of the Selangor Sultanate.
Now, it serves as a museum with 3 exhibition halls comprising historic views. There is no charge to enter this museum. Photography is prohibited. Visitors can visit the museum from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (Saturday to Thursday) and 9.30 am – 12 noon and continue at 2.45 pm to 5.30 (Friday).
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2) ROYAL GALLERY SULTAN ABDUL AZIZ
Located in Klang, Selangor, this Royal Gallery is about the former Sultan of Selangor Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah. The museum building was built in 1909 as the Bangunan Sultan Suleiman in which the then British Government used as the Land Office & Administration Office of British Malaya.
In addition, the building was also used as the headquarters of the Japanese during the Japanese occupation in Malaya. In 1957 after the independence of Malaya, the building was utilised as the Klang District Office, and officially opened as a Memorial Museum on 19th October, 2007 by Sultan Sharafuddin. The gallery is open from Tuesday until Sunday (10am to 5pm). Closed on Mondays and public holidays. Admission is free.
For more information, dial: 03-3373 6500
3) KUALA SELANGOR MUSEUM
This Kuala Selangor Museum is home to Selangor’s historical artefacts such as tombstones, weapons, spears, cannons and other items which were used during the war from the beginning of the Sultanate of Selangor by Sultan Salehuddin (Raja Lumu) in 1766.
There were local battles in Selangor (civil war) and also the battles fought with the Dutch and the British. The civil war involved Sultan Abdul Samad, Raja Mahmud, Raja Abdullah from Kuala Lumpur, Raja Sulaiman (ruler of Klang), Tengku Kudin and Raja Mahadi. It was then a battle for power and a political game between those in authority.
After visiting the Kuala Selangor Museum, visitors can go over to the Altingsburd Lighthouse which is located nearby. The museum is open daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
For more information, email to: www.padat.gov.my
4) KAJANG HERITAGE CENTRE
The establishment of Kajang city is the result of tin mining and rubber cultivation. In the 1850s, Hulu Langat District was the first place for tin mining in Rekoh.
Sultan Abdul Samad offered to open a tin mine in Bukit Arang to Towkay Chin Ah Chan in 1868. Mandailing immigrants from Sumatra were pioneers in clearing forest land in Kajang. Visitors are able to spend time at this Kajang Heritage Centre on weekends from 10am to 5pm. On display are various collections related to Kajang City and Hulu Langat District.
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5) SULTAN ALAM SHAH MUSEUM
This museum is the main embodiment of cultural heritage and development in the State of Selangor with Minangkabau architecture and design.
The museum was established in 1974 and was named after Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah, the 7th sultan of Selangor. It features prehistoric artefacts of early human settlements and drum fragments from the Bronze Age (Dong Son) since 600 BC. In fact, this museum also tells the history of Selangor from the time of the Portuguese, Bugis, Dutch, Melaka and Johor Sultanate until Independence Day. Now, the museum can be visited for free and is open from Tuesday to Sunday only from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.
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Finally, we need to appreciate the impact brought forth by historical events so that previous incidents are always remembered and lessons learned. As Malaysians, we must be proud and cultivate good values in ourselves so that history does not fade from our memory. As a reminder, make sure to always emphasise on social and physical distancing in compliance with the standard operating procedure (SOP) to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
For more information, visit Tourism Selangor’s official website at Selangor.travel.