National Textile Muzeum

The National Textile Museum is housed in an attractive building of Mughal-Islamic style architecture. The building was originally built as a headquarters of the Federated Malay States Railway. It was built alongside the Sultan Abdul Samad building by AC Norman.

The building was gazetted as a heritage building on 13 October 1983. The museum was opened to the public on 9 January 2010. It is the brainchild of the project ‘Proposal for Conservation, Interior Design and Display proposed The Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture. The museum is managed by the Department of Museums Malaysia.

The National Textile Museum showcases the development and trend of textiles that have characterized and shaped the lifestyle of the people from various diversity in Malaysia. The exhibits dated back as early as the prehistoric era right up to the modern times.

The museum offers four exhibition galleries, The Pohon Budi Gallery, Pelangi Gallery, Teluk Berantai Gallery and Ratna Sari Gallery. Those galleries displays the process and technology of textiles, an exquisite collection of textiles, accessories and costumes of Malaysia.

The museum is accessible by public transportation. The nearest stations are Pasar Seni MRT Station and Pasar Seni LRT Station.

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Image by: William

Operating Hours

Daily: 9.00 a.m – 6.00 p.m


There is no entrance fee.


26, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Hear From Others

I remember the lessons in Philippine Art History in College when the professors were discussing batik and block printing. I could just appreciate how much history we shared with our neighbouring countries. No wonder the Malaysians speak to me in Malay and expect me to respond. I look Malay more often than not. I do recommend that you come and visit. And if you have the time, see the nearby heritage sites as well.


Admission is free and the museum is open daily from 9am –6 pm. Anyone visiting K L should plan on spending some time there. A cool stop for a usually very hot afternoon.

Margy Norrish

The National Textile Museum in Kuala Lumpur was one such precious findings of mine, while planning my trip to Malaysia. This museum is truly underrated compared to other tourist attractions in KL, as many don’t even know of its existence. But trust me when I say, visiting this museum was one of the best things I did in KL.


Nearby Attractions

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad building is a late nineteenth century iconic building located in front of the Merdeka Square and the Royal Selangor Club. The building originally housed the offices during British colonial administration and renamed after Sultan Abdul Samad, the reigning sultan of Selangor at the time.

Royal Selangor Club

The Royal Selangor Club is a social club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, founded in 1884 by the British who ruled Malaya and still exist until now. The membership is based on recommendation only.

Panggung Bandaraya DBKL

Panggung Bandaraya DBKL is the oldest theatre hall in Malaysia. The building now is gazetted as a heritage building under the Antiquities Act.