National Art Gallery
The National Art Gallery is located within the premises of the former
Majestic Hotel, along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin overlooking the Kuala
Lumpur Railway Station.
The National Art Gallery is flanked by the National Theatre and
the National Library. It is housed in a 1932 building which is conserved
under the National Heritage Trust.
The building's unique structure, combining a blend of slate, tinted
glass and a striking metallic roof, houses five galleries including
a creative gallery and workshop, a resource centre, an auditorium
and the gallery's administrative centre.
The new art gallery building combines traditional design with modern
lines much like many of the new Malaysian buildings put up over
the last two decades beginning with the Dayabumi Complex.
Built with aesthetics and functionality in mind, the art gallery
creates a space for the preservation, development, exploration and
experimentation of the various facts of art in Malaysia. It is a
centre for cultural items, art and crafts.
There are a number of galleries housing various permanent and temporary
exhibitions. It showcases the works of contemporary artists, and
a permanent collection of works of local and foreign origin are
also displayed. Its collection now numbers over 2,500 pieces.
The gallery holds a variety of exhibitions and educational programs.
There are always art competitions, seminars and workshops held here.
The building also used to be a popular hotel during the colonial
The National Art Gallery has proven to be a popular spot with visitors,
especially given its central location in the city. The National
Art Gallery is open from 10am to 6pm daily (closed on Friday from
12:45-2.45 pm) and the admission is free.