Every city has a story to tell — about the people, the culture, the economy, and way of life. These stories are often widely documented in national museums and exhibitions, but what lies beneath the surface is often far more intriguing than the regular version of history. Immerse yourself in the past by visiting some of these offbeat museums located conveniently in Kuala Lumpur. Spare some time and read on as this one’s for the history buffs.
National Textile Museum
Many cultures in Malaysia value textiles as a major part of their heritage and these are fittingly displayed in the impressive Sultan Abdul Samad building with its red brick facade and colonial architecture. It comprises two floors of extensive textile displays through history, from the evolution of textiles to stitching and embroidery, as well as batik painting and gilding, with the second-floor housing traditional clothes and accessories from various cultures and a variety of Malay fabrics and patterns.
National Automobile Museum
If you’re into cars, you’d be very pleased with the existence of this quirky museum at the Sepang International Circuit, home to the Malaysian Grand Prix. From vintage cars like the Jaguar D-Type and the Ford Speedster to the more local models from Proton and Perodua, this little two-storey museum has something for everyone.