This museum offers a rich look at Malaysian history, with four galleries covering everything from the formation of the rainforest through to Malaysia today. The best exhibits are Early History, with artefacts from Neolithic and Bronze Age cultures; and the Malay Kingdoms, which highlights the rise of Islamic kingdoms in the Malay Archipelago. Recommended free museum tours are offered at 11am Monday to Saturday and again at 2pm on Thursday. Note that the museum may close for renovations in 2017.

Outside, look for a gorgeous traditional raised house; ancient burial poles from Sarawak; a regularly changing exhibition (extra charge); and two excellent small side galleries, the Orang Asli Craft Museum and Museum of Malay World Ethnology.