Museum visits needn’t be hours long and with guided tours; pop in and out of them when you’re on holiday, out shopping or just walking past. 

Here are some of the less obvious museums to look into:

The Royal Malaysia Police Museum in Kuala Lumpur

Policing in colonial and modern Malaysia with lots of uniforms and weapons – including those taken from real criminals. Air conditioned and right next door to the Butterfly and Bird Park at 5 Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur. Open Tueday to Sunday 10am to 6pm. Open on Friday but closed for prayers.

Tel: 03-2272 5690. Free entry.

The Kuching Cat Museum

Over 4,000 cat paintings, statues and artifacts from Hello Kitty memorabilia to museum quality artifacts. Kuching North City Hall Headquarters, Bukit Siol, Jalan Semariang, Petra Jaya, Kuching, Sarawak. Open Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm. Closed public holidays. 

Tel: 82-446 688. Free entry.

The Kuching Textile Museum

A converted house filled with local textiles and costumes. A lovely way to see Iban pua kumbu and Sarawak Malay kain songket. The Pavilion Building, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuching, Sarawak. Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.45pm. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 10am to 4pm. Tel: 082-244 232. Entry free.

Melaka’s Muzium Samudera

Walk around a reconstruction of the Flora De La Mar, a Portuguese ship that sank in the coast of Malacca while on its way to Portugal some 500 years ago. It includes antique porcelain, silk, and textiles as well as sunken treasure from The Diana, another local shipwreck. Jalan Quayside, Malacca. Open daily 9am to 5pm. Closed during prayer time on Fridays. 

Tel: 06-283 0926. Small entry fee (up to RM6).

The Perak Museum in Ipoh

Set up in 1883 by Sir Hugh Low, the fourth British Resident of Perak, this museum offers a terrific look at local history, including Orang Asli and natural history. Jalan Taming Sari, Taiping, Perak. Open daily, 9am to 5pm. Closed during prayer time on Fridays. 

Tel: 05-807 2057 Small entry fee (up to RM5).

Johor’s Chinese
Heritage Museum

There are documents, photos, coins, porcelain, instruments and other artefacts, including Chinese secret societies exhibits spanning over 500 years here. 42 Jalan Ibrahim, Johor Baru, Johor. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm. 

Tel: 07-2249 633. Small entry fee (up to RM5).

>> Please note that many museums are closed on some national holidays. Also, opening hours and entry fees may change from time to time so please call and check.