The National Museum, built in 1962, is a fine blend of both traditional Malay style architecture and modern lines. The museum is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, in close proximity to historical buildings and romantic parkland. Its façade is graced by two colossal murals created from Italian glass mosaic - one side depicting Malaysia’s important historical events, while the other, Malaysia's crafts. The National Museum was officially opened by the Third Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Syed Putra Al-Haj Ibni Al-Marhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail on August 31, 1963.
The building houses four main galleries. Gallery A, on the first floor, showcases stone findings from the Paleolithic Age right up to the Hindu- Buddhist relics in the Bujang Valley. Gallery B outlines the history of the early Malay Kingdoms in the Archipelago, with special reference to the Malay Kingdom of Melaka in the 15th century. Gallery C on the second floor charts the coming of the Portuguese, Dutch, British and Japanese and the subsequent effects on the country’s political, social and economic situation. Gallery D guides the visitors to the struggles of the various races for independence of a new nation and Malaysia’s glorious achievements until today.
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