11 April 2019: Highlighting Malaysia’s rich history in music with collections from the Music Museum
Visitors at the National Museum can now learn more about Malaysian history in music at the newly launched traditional musical instruments exhibition organised by the Department of Museums Malaysia.
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture YB Datuk Mohamaddin bin Ketapi taking a tour around the Music Gallery during the launch
Located at the Music Gallery, this exhibition includes up to 150 collections of traditional musical instruments from different ethnic communities, taken from the Music Museum which was closed down in 2017.
“With the help of the Music Museum, Department of Museums Malaysia always strives to highlight local traditional music through research and exhibitions. The exhibition that you’ll see is a permanent gallery for the Music Museum which was closed due to technical issues,” said Director General of Department of Museums Malaysia Datuk Kamarul Baharin Kasim.
With limited space, the Music Gallery now only displays traditional musical instruments, which is only part of the Music Museum’s collection.
Each exhibit is arranged in accordance to the Music Museum’s story-telling concept that includes history of different music genres in Malaysia, namely classic, folk, Syncretic, popular and contemporary.
With 22 museums under its wing, Department of Museums Malaysia plans to organise 133 programmes this year. These will include 10 main programmes, 11 temporary exhibitions, 32 in-reach programmes, 28 out-reach programmes, 35 talks and 17 side programmes.