Malaysia Textile Museum


Malaysia Textile Museum is located beside Sultan Abdul Samad Building and opposite Merdeka Square in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. This museum is housed in a Moghul-Islamic architecture historical building and was opened to the public on 9th January 2010.

Malaysia Textile Museum




The entrance to Malaysia Textile Museum.




This two and a half storey building was designed by A.C. Norman, a British architect and the construction of the building was completed in the year 1896. Notice the onion-shaped domes on top of the building. The British was the colonial master of this place during that time.

This building was formerly part of the Federated Malay States Railway Station and then an office of the Selangor Works Department.


Textile Making Machine




The making of textile machine at the compound of Malaysia Textile Museum.




Admission to this museum is free of charge and plan to spend about 1 to 2 hours going through the galleries which are located at the Ground Floor and the First Floor. A Gift Shop and Cafeteria are located on the Ground Floor if you want to get some souvenirs or simply taking a break from your tour of this place.

In total, there are for permanent main galleries and one thematic exhibition.







Pohon Budi Gallery


There are about 18 exhibits that you will see as you go around this gallery.

  • Textile Evolution. Look and try the touch screen interative video to learn more about the exhibits at this gallery.
  • Calendering and Gilding.
  • Gold Thread Embroidery.
  • Embroidered Shawl.
  • Embroidered Headcloth and Tapestry.
  • Pua Kumbu, an Iban Ceremonial Cloth.
  • Textile Process Kiosk.
  • Royal Pahang Weave.
  • Songket.
  • Beaded Collar & Beaded Shoes.
  • Embroidery.
  • Stitching & Tie and Dye Technique.
  • Thread.
  • Hand Drawn Technique.
  • Printing Technique.
  • Block Batik.
  • Freehand Batik Technique.
  • Tetile Process Kiosk.


Textile Machine




The olden day invention that was used to make the textile.





Pelangi Gallery

This exhibit showcase the textiles from various ethnic groups of Sabah and Sarawak. Also display works by the Baba & Nyonya, Indian Textile, Batik and the evolution of textile in Malaysia.

  • Batik.
  • Tie and Dye Batik & Hand Drawn Batik.
  • Sabah Textile.
  • Baba & Nyonya Textile.
  • Sarawak Textile.
  • Indian Textile.
  • Malaysia's Textile Evolution.


Ratna Sari Gallery


Gold Bangle




Gold Bangle.





Nyonya Baba Belt Buckle




A Nyonya-Baba belt buckle used during the Straits Settlement period.




  • Tobacco Box & Modesty Disc.
  • Belt & Belt Buckle.
  • Headdress.
  • Hair Pins.
  • Waist Accessories.
  • Pendant.
  • Brooches.
  • Beaded Shoes.
  • Bracelet & Anglets.
  • Hat & Headdress.
  • Jewellery Making Processes.
  • Earring & Rings.
  • Weapons.
  • Beaded Necklace.
  • Indian & Mah Meri Attires.
  • Malay & Baba Nyonya Attires.


Mah Meri Costumes








Mah Meri traditional costumes.







Teluk Berantai Gallery

  • Malay Textile.
  • Sarawak Malay Textile.
  • Gold Thread Embroidery.
  • Tenun & Limar Cloth.
  • Songket Limar Cloth.
  • Songket Limar Tenggarung Cloth.
  • Scripted & Gilded Cloth.


Saindera Gallery

This is a thematic gallery and the exhibits here changes from time to time.


Operation Hours and Fees

Monday to Sunday: 9:00am to 6:00pm.
Closed on the First Day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidiladha.

Admission is Free of Charge.

You can also request for a free guided tours. If you are coming in groups or on a school study tour, make prior arrangement with the Department of Museum, Malaysia.


Getting To Malaysia Textile Museum

This museum is easily found and there are LRT trains, buses and taxis that ply this area. You will find that many tourists go to Dataran Merdeka to take photos organized by tour groups but not many know about this museum except for individuals who come here on their own. The best way to come here is by taking the Kelana Jaya Line or Ampang Line LRT and stop at Masjid Jamek Station.

Alight and take a 5-10 minutes walk towards Jalan Raja. You will pass by Sultan Abdul Samad Building. The other landmark to look out for is the 100m flag pole which is located at Dataran Merdeka.


The contact of the museum:

National Textile Museum
Department of Museum Malaysia
Ministry of Infromation, Communications & Culture
26 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
50050 Kuala Lumpur

Tel : +6 03 2694 3457 or +6 03 2694 3461









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