Located in the heart of Shah Alam, the Sultan Alam Shah Museum is housed in a unique building based on the design of a Minangkabau traditional house.
Located in the heart of Shah Alam, the Sultan Alam Shah Museum is housed in a unique building based on the design of a Minangkabau traditional house. This Shah Alam museum is the main symbol of cultural heritage and development in the state of Selangor. Established in 1974, the museum is named after Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah, the seventh Sultan of Selangor.
The museum?s building design is based on Minangkabau architecture; the Minangkabau is the world?s largest matrilineal society, where property, family name and land pass down from mother to daughter. Covering approximately 135,000 square feet, the museum has nearly 4,000 artifacts housed in five exhibition halls and a section for outdoor displays, including:
Historical: Contains prehistoric artefacts found near early human settlements in the state. Among the most notable exhibits include fragments of ??ng S?n drums from the Bronze Age, dating back to 600 BC. This hall also tells the history of Selangor from the times of the Portuguese, Dutch and Bugis empires, Melaka and Johor Sultanates to Independence Day and beyond.
Arts & Culture: The unique culture and lifestyle of various ethnic groups in Selangor including Bugis, Javanese, Minang, Banjar, Mandailing, Rawa and others are highlighted through traditional, literary and artistic displays including dioramas, clothing, musical instruments, tools and weapons.
Environmental: Selangor?s rich biodiversity is illustrated through preserved animal specimens and life-like dioramas. Among the most interesting displays include a replica of ?Crocodile Puchong?, the largest crocodile found in Peninsular Malaysia. In addition, visitors can experience entering a replica stone cave.
Sports: Highlights the history of sports and famous sportsmen in the state. The best moments in various sports have been immortalized here for the appreciation of present and future generations.
Islamic: Focuses on the history, arrival and growth of Islam in Selangor. Some of the artifacts on display include models of old mosques, pulpits, drums, domes, ablution jars, pottery, utensils, weapons and old books. Also on display is the pulpit of Selayang Mosque from 1880, believed to be the oldest in the state.
Outdoor: Outdoor displays include a Ferret armored car, radar systems, airplanes, locomotives and the former Chief Minister of Selangor?s first car.