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10 Museums and Art Galleries for Singaporeans to Check Out in Kuala Lumpur

The bustling capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is one of the most sought-after destinations for Singaporeans. 

Where commerce, diverse culinary wonders, and a thriving art scene meet together, Kuala Lumpur's artistic landscape has blossomed in recent years, boasting numerous museums and art galleries that showcase a rich collection of creative expressions. From contemporary masterpieces to innovative digital art, Kuala Lumpur's art galleries provide a captivating exploration of both Malaysian and international artistic perspectives.

Here’s a curated guide to some must-visit art galleries and museums for an immersive experience of the dynamic world of Malaysian and international art. 


As you step into the National Museum of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, your attention is naturally drawn to the grand main building. This three-story structure houses various galleries that meticulously chronicle the history of Malaysia, spanning from Paleolithic times to the modern era.

Adjacent to Kuala Lumpur's National Museum of Malaysia lies a modest, easily overlooked building housing the Orang Asli Crafts Museum, also known as Muzium Seni Kraf Orang Asli. While its displays may be limited, this unassuming museum provides a fascinating glimpse into the often-neglected Orang Asli community in Malaysia.

Despite its size, the museum is a treasure trove of information. Inside, you'll find a gallery featuring wood carvings and masks from different ethnic groups, offering insights into their origins, traditions, and animist beliefs. The exhibits also highlight traditional musical instruments, hunting tools, and weapons of the Orang Asli.

Address: Orang Asli Crafts Museum, Jabatan Muzium Malaysia, Jalan Damansara, 50566 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (Monday-Sunday)

Ticket Admission: SGD$1.42

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Nestled within The Zhongshan Building, The Back Room is an intimate gallery devoted to showcasing art from emerging and alternative artists. Its strategic location in one of downtown KL’s creative hubs, developed through a Think City urban rejuvenation project, reflects its commitment to fostering artistic energy.

Discover exhibitions that promise to excite, invigorate, inspire, and provoke your senses—the essence of what emerging artists bring to the cultural landscape. The Back Room KL actively seeks new and exciting projects to support creatives, whether you're an artist or a curator. After exploring the gallery, consider touring the Zhongshan building for coffee or browsing through a collection of books and vinyl records. 

Address: 80A, Jalan Rotan, Kampung Attap, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 12:00-18:00 (Wednesday-Sunday)

Ticket Admission: 

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Located in the residential area of Bukit Bintang, this eccentric museum stands out with its collection of privately-owned eclectic artworks. UR-MU, unlike other art museums, encapsulates the essence of the people of Southeast Asia, their culture, aspirations, and quirks.

The museum unfolds these concepts across 10 themed rooms for you to explore. If you have an hour to spare for a creative detour, make sure to add UR-MU to your art museum itinerary!

Address: 3, Jalan Bedara, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30 (Tuesday-Sunday, closed on Mondays)

Ticket Admission: SGD$2.85

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Step into the heart of Malaysia's artistic expression at the National Art Gallery, founded in 1958. Spread across a generous 13,000 square meters, this expansive gallery showcases over 2,500 works, spanning various mediums such as photography, textiles, instruments, paintings, and more.

The dynamic exhibitions change regularly, making it a rewarding visit every month. Nestled amidst our bustling city, it offers a tranquil escape, though some displays may draw larger crowds on weekends.

Address: Lembaga Pembangunan Seni Visual Negara, 2, Jalan Temerloh, off, Jln Tun Razak, 53200 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (Monday-Sunday) 

Ticket Admission: Free 

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TAKSU is an ancient Sanskrit word, dating back from 11th Century AD, used to describe positive energy one possesses when they come across an artistic inspiration that captures the eyes, minds and hearts.

As one of KL's well-established art exhibition spaces, Taksu Gallery extends its influence not only in Malaysia but also in Bali, Indonesia, and Singapore. Focused on fostering intercultural dialogue, Taksu Gallery is dedicated to promoting Southeast Asian artists. The gallery, situated in KL, offers an intimate setting with contemporary exhibits featuring captivating sculptures, carpets, furniture, and paintings.

Address: 17, Jalan Pawang, Kampung Datuk Keramat, 54000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Monday-Saturday, closed on Sundays)

Ticket Admission: Free 

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While Temu House operates as a privately run event space, it deserves a spot on our list as a burgeoning arts hub for creative millennials and Gen Zs. The venue has hosted numerous art-related activities, including curated exhibitions, poetry recitals, and live music performances.

Temu House, with its comfortable and minimalist interiors, complete with a pet-friendly backyard, fosters an intimate and engaging creative ecosystem. Its name, 'temu,' meaning 'meet' or 'come together' in Malay, perfectly encapsulates the space's mission to bring artists and art enthusiasts together to enjoy the craft.

Address: 49, Jalan 16/9e, Seksyen 16, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening Hours: 12:00-17:00 (Friday), 10:00-17:00 (Weekends, closed on Monday-Thursday)

Ticket Admission: Free

Founded in 2002 by Lim Wei-Ling and Yohan Rajan, the gallery, formerly known as the Townhouse Gallery, has undergone a remarkable transformation since relocating to Brickfields. 

Now a prominent player in the local art scene, Wei-Ling Gallery is committed to championing local contemporary art and features renowned artists like Ivan Lam. With sister galleries expanding across the city, including Wei-Ling Contemporary in The Gardens Mall and Penang, it has become an iconic institution in Malaysia's artistic landscape. 

Address: 8 Jalan Scott, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Tuesday-Friday), 10:00-17:00 (Saturday, closed on Sunday and Monday)

Ticket Admission: Free 

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Museum of Illusions in Kuala Lumpur invites you to step into a world of enchanting illusions! Nothing is as it seems here, so get ready to be amazed, puzzled, and simply blown away. Strike a pose with 36 meticulously crafted paintings featuring diverse themes or engage with virtual animals in the AR movie studio for a one-of-a-kind experience.

The Museum of Illusions in Kuala Lumpur is truly unique. Its blend of educational and entertaining content ensures a delightful experience for both kids and adults. Spend a fun-filled day at the museum with your friends or family, exploring numerous gigantic 3D art installations on the walls and floors.

Address: Level 1, Ansa Hotel, Wilayah Persekutuan Malaysia, 101, Jln Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Monday-Sunday)

Ticket Admission: SGD$15.67

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As you approach Ilham Tower, prepare to be welcomed by Ai Wei Wei's captivating public sculpture, the Divina Proportione (2015). This artwork marks Ai Wei Wei's first permanent public sculptural installation in Southeast Asia.

Situated within the 58-storey Ilham Tower, Ilham Gallery offers diverse exhibits that cater to a wide audience, spanning from historical to modern themes. Don't forget to check out the carefully curated gift shop, featuring unique items from artisans and designers across the country. 

Address: Levels 3 and 5, Ilham Tower, 8, Lrg Binjai, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Tuesday-Saturday) 11:00-17:00 (Sundays, closed on Monday)

Ticket Admission: Free 

10. Bank Negara Malaysia Museum & Art Gallery 


Curious about the evolution of money? Discover the fascinating journey at the Bank Negara Malaysia Museum & Art Gallery. The six permanent galleries delve into Malaysia's economic history, financial landscape, and the pivotal role of Bank Negara from pre-independence to the present.

Engage with interactive exhibits and ensure the little ones have a blast in the Children's Gallery, where they can even create their own banknotes! Don't miss out on OOTD opportunities for the older crowd, with highlights like the RM1 million tunnel and the captivating Nautilus staircase. 

Address: Sasana Kijang, 2, Jalan Dato Onn, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Tuesday-Sunday, closed on Monday)

Ticket Admission: Free

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