History of National Museum

National Museum’s original collection of artworks was razed during a World War II bombing but the museum still has an extensive ethnographic and archaeological exhibit on display. Its impressive collection starts out on the ground floor with life-sized dioramas of ritual weddings, traditional Malaysian life (fishing, farming, weaving etc.) taking place in kampung settings and even one of a Malay circumcision ceremony. There is even a life-size, traditional Malacca Baba house with beautiful mahogany furniture, elaborate carpets and brass, silver and gold ornaments on the first floor. Additionally, the museum adds a hint of the prosaic to the mix with a section dedicated to the Malay art of wayang kulit – “a kind of shadow wooden puppet theater”.