A one hour journey inside Malaysia’s multi-ethnic culture and history

Who are they and what they do

mvm-mnegaraIn October 2006, a small group of women gathered at the National Museum of Kuala Lumpur (Muzium Negara) with the idea of starting a volunteer organization that would guide visitors through the various galleries, plus perform in-depth research on various artifacts found on display and in storage. With the support of the National Museum Kuala Lumpur, they created the Museum Volunteers Malaysia Kuala Lumpur (MVM). They were able to offer for the first time in Malaysia, free guided tours of the Museum galleries in English and French in May 2007. The Museum Volunteers of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur (MVM) is an NGO whose aims are to promote public and government awareness of museums and encourage and promote an appreciation and understanding of the history and cultures of Malaysia. In September 2008, with 100+ volunteers, MVM provides guided tours in additional languages on weekdays and Saturday mornings.  MVM also conducts research on Malaysian culture and heritage and offers a monthly program of public lectures The MVM is hosted by the National Museum, which has been supporting and promoting MVM projects and activities since its creation in October 2006.

What a traveller can experience

Have a FREE guided tour at the National Museum KL:



mvm-volunteer-guiding-in English on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 am

-in French on Thursday mornings (9am-12pm). 

Malay, Mandarin, Japanese, Dutch, German, Danish, Russian and Polish tours are also available on request.

Additional tours in Malay and Mandarin on Saturdays at 11am (only during the local school holidays). Tailored tours can be arranged for groups, embassies, companies and schools. Please email mvmqueries@yahoo.com for further details.

Learn about Malaysia’s history and heritage: the public lectures program is updated on the MVM website.

You can volunteer: if you live in Kuala Lumpur you can apply to become an MVM  guide or support the research team.


Marie  Tseng, MVM Chairman   Email mvmqueries@yahoo.com  mvm-logo3
MVM Website
 to find the monthly program, how to join MVM and newsletter.

Address :  Muzium Negara, jalan Damansara, 50566 Kuala Lumpur. Entrance fee 2RM/pax

How to get there

By public transport : walking distance from KL Sentral railway and metro station or by taxi or private car (car park, 2RM)

To go further we recommend

Walking or cycling visits of Kuala Lumpur and historical cities like Malacca, Georgetown, Ipoh, Taiping and Kuching: or on your own or with a professional guide of the Special Interest Group on Heritage of the Malaysian Tourist Guides Council(article coming soon).

Visit the virtual Maritime archaeology Malaysia‘ exhibition which opened in November 2001 at Muzium Negara and closed in 2007.  It was prepared by Nanhai Marine Archaeology Sdn. Bhd.

Basic information about history on Wikipedia

Penang tourism information Heritage page>

Malacca tourism information

Kuching heritage trails

The Other Malaysia websitean independant ressource site on Malaysia history.

Written by C.Bossis, Kuala Lumpur, 12 sept 2008
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