If you read my previous post about us having breakfast at Lake Garden, now it's time for a Muzium Negara (National Museum) post. After strolling at Lake Garden, we went to The National Museum which is located next to it.
We walked through the gate to get to the other side where the museum is located. A short tunnel, which was a good thing because the tunnel was rather dark and not properly maintained. Lots of graffiti (nothing obscene though) on the walls of the tunnel.
Passing by the auditorium at the Museum we saw an iconic public transport that served many KLites including myself way back when. The pink BMW (Bas Mini Wilayah) that can take you anywhere you want in KL for a mere 60sen per ride. I remembered hanging on for dear life on the stairs while the bus zipped along the KL road. The buses were almost always packed and yet I prefer to use them because the drivers drove like mad men and can really get you to your destination fast. They were called a menace to other road users but I was always thankful for the service these BMW provided all those years. These pink buses stopped serving the city folks in 1998.
The murals at the National Museum. One mural highlight the country's history and another highlights the nation's cultural diversity.
When we got there, the Museum wasn't open yet so we strolled around the compound. There was a group of secondary school students from a nearby school coming for a school trip. Students in uniform are exempt from entrance fee as do children under the age of twelve.
Some photos we took outside the museum before going to the Coffin Exhibition:
A hop-on hop-off bus for tourists' convenience, making a stop right at the Museum. Pretty convenient way to sightsee places in KL.
A Sekoci boat, used by fisherman in Terengganu. Love the vibrant colour and details.
An old Keretapi Tanah Melayu train.
There were other exhibits that one can see around the museum compound and we stopped to look at a few, but when there were tour groups arriving, we made our retreat and waited for the exhibition hall to open instead. I'm sorry but sometimes I find tour groups and their loud guides annoying especially when I was trying to appreciate the place slowly and quietly.
Both the museum with permanent exhibition and the coffin exhibition (there was an ASEAN exhibition on too, by the way) opens at 9.00am.
Photos of the coffins next.