16 Must-Visit Museums in Kuala Lumpur for Kids in 2024

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Looking to take your family for an educational trip during the weekend or school holidays? We’ve compiled a list of the best museums in Kuala Lumpur for kids. Some of them we visited already while others are still on our to-do-list.

We found that Kuala Lumpur is not just a paradise for towering skyscrapers, indoor playgrounds, family-friendly parks, and delicious street food; it’s also an excellent place to learn something new. If you’re wandering the city with your little explorers, brace yourself for a treasure trove of kid-friendly adventures featuring the city’s incredible museums!

So, buckle up because we’re about to dive into a whirlwind of fun, learning, and jaw-dropping moments at the best museums in Kuala Lumpur for kids and adults. Welcome to a nice place where education and excitement shake hands, making it the ultimate family-friendly destination!

The National Museum of Malaysia

Museums in Kuala Lumpur We Visited With Our Family

1 – Petrosains, The Discovery Centre

Some consider this a museum, others say it’s a playground, but we like this place a lot and since it’s more than just a playground, we feel Petrosains, The Discovery Centre deserves the top spot on this list of museums in Kuala Lumpur.

Is your child interested in the world of Science and Technology? Petrosains, The Discovery Centre is the best museum to start your day with your kids! Embark on a thrilling scientific discovery at the Energy Capsule, where you’ll be taken into a dark tunnel to learn about Energy.

Let your kids fly high into outer space and encourage their dream of becoming an astronaut. At Space, you and your kids will learn all about the wonderful world of Space Science and discover how astronauts live and work in the vast Space outside Earth. They can also learn how to program a Mars Rover replica!

Experience what the world was 200 million years ago and say hello to our fossil friends at Geotime Diorama. Explore the ins and outs of the oil and gas exploration process at The Platform. Do you have what it takes to be an F1 driver? Test your reaction skills at the Batak Pro exhibit at Speed. Or try the MInd Ball exhibit and play with the power of telekinesis.

SPARKZ is also a fun exhibit with plenty of interactive activities for kids! It’s one of the attractions at Petrosains that we enjoyed the most. There are Wind Tubes to fly your paper helicopters, Interactive Arts, Robo Soccer, and more.

Having fun at the Petrosains Discovery Centre in Kuala Lumpur

TIP: Click here to read our review of Petrosains, the Discovery Centre

We can’t believe we didn’t visit this museum sooner! It’s a fantastic museum for young and old and the children’s gallery is what makes the Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery our second most popular museum in Kuala Lumpur.

Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery is a fantastic gallery to visit, recommended for parents and kids! Dive into finance as you gain insight into Malaysia’s economic development here at Bank Negara Malaysia Museum. The museum has six diverse galleries, including a Children’s Gallery, the Bank Negara Malaysia Gallery, an Economics Gallery, an Islamic Finance Gallery, a Numismatics Gallery, and an Art Gallery.

The most exciting part for kids is the Children’s Gallery! Encourage your kids to Save, Spend, and Share by participating in hands-on games and activities in the gallery. They can also explore the RM1 Million Tunnel made from various Malaysian banknote denominations and series or design their own banknotes at Make Your Own Money.

Each gallery provides enlightenment to several significant economic events in Malaysia. At the Numismatics Gallery, you can learn about the country’s development of coins and notes over the last hundred years. In this gallery, you can play the Barter Trade game, marvel at the unique display of World Banknotes, and explore the River of Coins.

Inside the Art Gallery, you’ll find beautiful artworks of early artists Mohd Hoessein Enas, Yong Mun Sen, Chuah Thean Teng, and more. The art collection of the Central Bank of Malaysia includes displays of art in various mediums, such as paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures.

The other galleries, Economics and Bank Negara Malaysia Gallery talk about the development of the Central Bank of Malaysia, its financial responsibility, and Malaysia’s progress and contribution to the global economy.

money tunnel with Ringgit notes on wall in Bank Negara Malaysia Museum

TIP: Click here to read our review of the Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery

3 – Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is an incredible museum displaying Islam’s beautiful art and culture. If you’re Muslim or just interested in the religion, you will appreciate this majestic museum at the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

The museum is huge and while it’s not super interactive for younger kids, we believe it deserves a spot in the top three Kuala Lumpur museums because it has the world’s best collection of Islamic art pieces. Our daughter enjoyed it for a couple of gallery and then I took her to the kid’s library inside the museum.

Start your journey through the 12 permanent galleries by learning about Islamic craftsmanship featuring Arms & Armour, Jewellery, Textile, Woodwork, Coins & Seal, Metalwork and Ceramics galleries. Discover the pride in craftsmanship as you’re introduced to the various arts of Islam.

The museum also houses six lifestyle galleries: Ottoman, Persian, Spain, India, Malay World, and Central Asia. Find out the influence of Islamic art on these different countries and how it transcended to form new works of art.

Little girl inside Islamic Arts Museum Kuala Lumpur

TIP: Click here to read our review of the Islamic Arts Museum

4 – National Museum (Muzium Negara)

The National Museum (Muzium Negara) dives into the cultural history of Malaysia. Built on 31 August 1963, Muzium Negara is the home to Malaysia’s rich history from prehistoric times up to the present. Aside from its contents, Muzium Negara is also impressive for its traditional Malay architecture and two beautiful murals made from Italian glass mosaics depicting Malaysia’s historical timeline and crafts.

Bring your kids to a historical journey and unravel Malaysia’s deep history together. The National Museum has four galleries: Prehistory Gallery, Malay Kingdoms Gallery, Colonial Era Gallery, and Malaysia Today. The Prehistory Gallery gives you a glimpse of the past on the development and formation of the Malay archipelago, including the discovery of several prehistoric archaeological sites in Malaysia.

Malay Kingdoms Gallery is home to many fascinating artifacts providing an insightful discovery of the Malay Kingdoms. In this gallery, you’ll also learn about the rise of the Malaccan Empire, its influence and significance in the spice trade, and the spread of Islam.

Meanwhile, the Colonial Era Gallery shows the fall of the Malaccan Empire to the Portuguese in 1511. A significant event in time that started 446 years of foreign influence from the Dutch, British, and Japanese.

Lastly, Malaysia Today is a must-visit gallery for those interested to learn how Malaysia became the country it is today. This gallery showcases the country’s fight to regain control of their nation and journey towards independence. If you’re a history buff or would like an introduction to Malaysia, the National Museum is worth a visit!

Little girl inside the National Museum of Malaysia

5 – Chocolate Museum

Embark on sweet and delectable adventures only at the Chocolate Museum at Kota Damansara! Prove your love for chocolate in this one-of-a-kind experience featuring KL’s one and only interactive Chocolate Museum.

Here you can enhance your knowledge about chocolate as you discover all about chocolates, where you’ll learn the origins and history of chocolate, the manufacturing process of chocolate from the cacao plant, its health benefits, and the art of hand-made chocolates.

The Chocolate Museum will take you on a delightful journey about chocolate and invite you to an incredible chocolate-making experience you won’t forget.

Of course, your Chocolate Museum experience wouldn’t be complete without taking home your heaven of chocolate at the Chocolate Galleria with over 100 premium chocolate brands.

little girl at Chocolate Museum Kuala Lumpur

6 – National Science Centre (Pusat Sains Negara)

Enjoy another educational field trip with your kids at the National Science Centre. Here you can join your kids in discovering the wonders of Science at this Science Wonderland featuring fun exhibits and attractions perfect for families!

The Prehistoric Garden is the perfect place to start with various life-sized sculptures of dinosaurs your kids will have fun exploring. If your family is an animal lover, visit the Garden of Nature & Nature Secret Lab and say hello to the parrots, scorpions, butterflies, and other animals roaming around.

Prehistoric Park with gigantic replicas of dinosaurs in Pusat Sains Negara in KL

Inside the Main Building are various exhibits. It starts with an impressive freshwater aquarium designed into a tunnel so you can see fishes swimming above you as you explore other parts of the museum. Plenty of interactive zones are available through Levels 1 & 2 of the museum, including Science Show, Eureka, Little Explorers, Kids World, Kids Discovery Place, Flight, i-Rays, Survive the Bunker, and Pathway to Science.

Exhibition about radiation inside Pusat Sains in Kuala Lumpur

This science museum boasts many activities designed to capture a Little Explorer’s curiosity to explore Science.

TIP: Click here to read our review of Pusat Sains Negara

7 – Aquaria KLCC

Aquaria KLCC, ranked among Southeast Asia’s top five largest aquariums, is one of the top attractions in KL for families with kids. You may question if it’s a museum, but due to its educational value, we believe it deserves to be mentioned in our round-up of Kuala Lumpur museums.

The aquarium invites exploration of its stunning 300-ft underwater tunnel showcasing Malaysian aquatic marvels like sand tiger sharks and green sea turtles. Families with kids will discover an array of exhibits, from the Evolution Zone to the Living Ocean, providing an immersive journey through diverse ecosystems.

In the Evolution Zone’s Gene Pool, encounter horseshoe crabs, while the Flooded Forest’s cylindrical tank boasts a spectrum of fish. The Jewels of the Jungle introduces kids to amphibians and reptiles. At the same time, the transparent tunnel of the Living Ocean offers an enchanting stroll among captivating sea creatures. Engaging areas like Coastal, Stream, Touch Zone, and Weird and Wonderful let kids interact with fascinating creatures.

With over 5,000 creatures representing 250 species, Aquaria KLCC offers an educational experience promoting conservation, perfect for kids to learn and engage. Animal feeding sessions add excitement, and the aquarium’s depiction of misty highlands, rainforests, mangroves, and coral reefs makes it an enthralling destination for families of all ages.

large cylinder shaped aquarium in aquaria kl
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TIP: Read all about our family’s underwater adventures at Aquaria KLCC by reading our Aquaria KLCC review.

8 – KL Bird Park

For the same reason as we included Aquaria KLCC, we’d also like to give a shout-out to the KL Bird Park. Nestled within the picturesque Lake Gardens of Kuala Lumpur, the KL Bird Park is a must-visit for families with kids. Divided into four captivating zones, it’s a paradise where over 3,000 free-flying birds enchant visitors.

Immerse yourself in Zones 1 and 2, where lush landscapes embrace a stunning array of birdlife—spot the Indian Blue Peacock, Crowned pigeon, and vibrant Yellow-billed Storks amidst this harmonious ecosystem. In Zone 1, uncover the romantic allure of The Love Aviary and Bul Bul Land, where Lovebirds and other charming species, from Indian Ring-necked Parakeets to Sun Conures, await you.

Zone 3 hosts the majestic Rhinoceros Hornbill, inviting visitors to their feeding session daily at 11.30 am—an unforgettable experience for kids and adults alike.

Venturing into Zone 4 unveils the World of Parrots and the striking Ostrich, the world’s largest flightless land bird. Here, attractions like the Bird Gallery, Education Centre, Bird School, Oriental Bird Aviary, Waterfall Aviary, and Amphitheatre promise a day packed with awe-inspiring encounters and educational delights for the whole family.

little girl and walking with the birds in kl bird park

TIP: Click here to read our review of the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

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9 – Illusion 3D Art Museum

Unlock endless possibilities and feed your imagination at the Illusion 3D Art Museum at Kuala Lumpur’s Central Market. This art museum is one for the kids and young at heart looking for a new way to spice up their photos with mind-blowing 3D art and illusions. The museum has gigantic, life-sized 3D art paintings from the floor to the roof.

Escape from the vicious T-Rex, ride Marty from Madagascar, fight Darth Vader, and immerse yourself in the world of the wild and exotic at the Big Screen Augmented Reality (AR).

The Illusion 3D Art Museum prepares an exciting world for explorers and adventurers seeking to enter a unique and creative realm of wonders.

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10 – KL Upside Down House

Take your next family-friendly adventure to the KL Upside Down House, where every corner of the house is upside down! This instagrammable hotspot is a fun gimmick with friends or family. Pose for a picture while everything around you seems like it’s hanging for its life, and get creative in taking picture-perfect photos. The KL Upside Down House has many rooms you can play in, including a bathroom, living room, baby room, master bedroom, children’s play area, and kitchen.

Enjoy the tricky ups and downs of the KL Upside Down House and have something to remember for the whole family. If you’re visiting the KL Tower, you might as well stop by for some wacky pictures!

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11 – Museum of Illusions

Prepare to be mesmerized at the Museum of Illusions, a good place of intriguing visual and sensory delight that will trick your senses. Their charming exhibits showcase mind-boggling images and interactive art that will make you look twice. The Illusion Rooms will play with your mind with reflections that seem like infinity, the upside-down world, and defying the laws of physics at the Tilted Room. You’ve got to believe in magic with these fascinating installations including meeting your clone at the Cloning Table, making yourself small at the Beuchet Chair, or serving your Head on a Platter.

Museum of Illusions is a great educational venture for the mind and eyes, perfect for families with kids looking for a fun day out with Science!

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12 – Royal Selangor Visitor Centre

Discover the science and art of pewter with your kids at the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. Walk through the different attractions, including a Live Craftsmanship Showcase showing you how pewtersmithing is done. Take pictures of their iconic Giant Tankard and the museum’s rendition of the Petronas Twin Towers made from 7,000 tankards. The Science Discovery Gallery is perfect for parents and their kids to hang out with fun and interactive exhibits involving pewter.

Invite your kids to the workshop, where you can craft a pewter dish and take home your masterpiece. After an educational visit, you can spend the rest of the day at The Cafe and treat the family to local Malaysian favorites. After an educational visit, you can spend the rest of the day at The Cafe and treat the family to local Malaysian favorites or visit the gift shop so you can take home a memorable trinket.

TIP: Click here to read our blog featuring must-see historical places in Kuala Lumpur

13 – Planetarium Negara

Reach for the stars and skies at KL’s Planetarium Negara or the National Planetarium found at the Perdana Botanical Gardens. This museum makes for a fun stop to enjoy with the kids, with plenty of cosmic marvels to admire. Planetarium Negara boasts plenty of activities for kids and parents to explore, including a space-themed Activity Room and Anti-Gravity Room.

There are also interactive zones, such as the Space Lab, where you’ll discover how life in space works. The Floating Planet, Selfie Astronaut, and Space Pod are other interactive displays. Want to see impressive technology in space? They also have replica displays of Ariane Rocket, Hubble Space Telescope, and Orlan-D Space Suit. 

For the educational part, you can visit the exhibitions Star Life Cycle, The Sky & Us, The Red Planet, The Sun, Birth of the Solar System, and more! The main attraction of the planetarium is the Space Theater, which is equipped with a Full Dome Digital System used for planetarium screenings and night sky simulations. Planetarium Negara provides is one of the best places for space bonding and learning about celestial beings together with your kids!

TIP: Click here to read our blog featuring the best things to do in the Perdana Botanical Gardens.

The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is a place where history, innovation, and artistry collide in Kuala Lumpur city centre. It’s perfect for a family visit with kids as you get pulled into a journey through time as the gallery narrates Kuala Lumpur’s evolution from a humble tin mining town to the pulsating epicenter of British Malaya’s administration.

The KL City Gallery provides an insightful glimpse of the city’s past, present, and future through its display of dioramas, maps, and photos with informative descriptions. You’ll find the impressive, giant-scale model of the city of KL at the main gallery and an audio-visual presentation.

Aside from its historical significance, the KL City Gallery provides visitors a charming treat with its stunning architecture and Instagram-worthy spots inside and outside the gallery. You’ll find the iconic “I ♥ KL” monument outside the gallery, and on the second floor are more Instagram-worthy photo ops!

KL City Gallery also has an on-site gift shop,  cafe, and bakery, great for a quick snack and rest.

I Heart KL sign on Merdeka Square

15 – Royal Malaysian Police Museum

The Royal Malaysian Police Museum, also known as Muzium Polis Diraja Malaysia, is an interesting museum with plenty of exhibits and artifacts about the RMP. It’s one of the best free museums in Kuala Lumpur you can visit with your kids. They have three galleries to explore, including one displaying different police uniforms that have changed through the years. Discover the role and history of the Royal Malaysian Police and their ways of policing during the Portuguese and Dutch colonial eras.

At Gallery B, you can learn about the development of the RMP and see various artifacts ranging from a pith helmet, typewriter, and fire extinguisher to vehicles and police firearms the RMP used to carry. The outdoor exhibitions housed impressive displays of police vehicles back then, including the Armoured Wickham Trolley, Sankey AT-105 Armoured Car,  Ford Lynx Scout Car, and more. There’s also a gallery covering the events during the Malayan Emergency and amazing displays of how the police defeated organized crime syndicate operations.

ILHAM Gallery is a treasure trove of modern and contemporary Malaysian art in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. What sets this gallery apart is its dedication to showcasing art and nurturing a deeper understanding and appreciation for it.

Imagine stepping into a vibrant world where Malaysian art takes center stage. The ILHAM Gallery isn’t just about displaying beautiful paintings or sculptures; it’s a hub of creativity that invites families, including the little ones, to explore and be captivated by the wonders of art.

For families with kids, this gallery is a goldmine of inspiration. Here, children can embark on a visual journey through Malaysian art history, witnessing the evolution of creativity right before their eyes. From colorful canvases to thought-provoking installations, every corner holds a story waiting to unfold.

Final Words on The Best Museums in Kuala Lumpur for Families

Whether you’re drawn to the wonders of science, captivated by art and cultural experiences, or seeking unforgettable family experiences, Kuala Lumpur’s museums have it all! From the depths of Aquaria KLCC to the heights of the KL Bird Park, these attractions promise more than just sightseeing—they’re gateways to exploration and wonder.

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Fuel your curiosity at Petrosains, craft sweet memories at the Chocolate Museum, or soar among the stars at Planetarium Negara. Dare to challenge reality at the Illusion 3D Art Museum and the KL Upside Down House. Engage young minds at the National Science Centre and uncover Malaysia’s rich history at the National Museum.

little girl at Chocolate Museum Kuala Lumpur

From contemporary art at the ILHAM Gallery to the artistry of Islamic culture at the Islamic Arts Museum, each stop offers unique perspectives and enriching experiences. Remember to explore the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, Bank Negara Malaysia Museum, and the Royal Malaysian Police Museum for diverse insights.

In addition to the museums mentioned in this article, you can also take your kids to the Batu Caves, the Petronas Towers, or the National Textile Museum.

TIP: Click here to read our review of The Petronas Twin Towers

In case your family is not into museums, you can take your kids to Sunway Lagoon – the biggest water park in Malaysia, Berjaya Times Square Theme Park – a popular indoor theme park with roller coasters in KL, or to shopping malls as they almost always have an indoor playground. If you prefer the outdoors, take your kids to KLCC Park or to Titiwangsa Park; both parks have fun water features that can be enjoyed for free. 

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Kuala Lumpur’s museum landscape isn’t just about learning; it’s a playground of imagination and discovery. So, gather your family and immerse yourselves in a world of adventure and knowledge—the memories you’ll create will last a lifetime!

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About Marlieke Kemp-Janssen:

Marlieke is the mom of a four-year-old girl and, together with daddy, they love living in and exploring Kuala Lumpur. As well as being the founder of Kuala Lumpur with Kids, Marlieke is a digital marketing consultant who has helped small businesses grow through her company Aureum Hospitality Advisers.

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