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National Art Gallery

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If you’re looking for insight into the local art scene, you could do worse than start your quest at Kuala Lumpur’s National Gallery—and best of all, admission is free.

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Unfortunately the National Gallery is quite poorly located from a public transport point of view. You can take the monorail or the Sri Petaling LRT line to Titiwangsa but from there it is a solid and decidedly pedestrian unfriendly 30 minute hike to the gallery. The things people do for their art huh.

Striking. Photo taken in or around National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Striking. Photo: Stuart McDonald

As with the “Palace of Culture”, the Istana Budaya, which you’ll hike past on your way here, the architecture of the National Gallery is striking, though probably not in a positive manner. It is a hard edged blue tinted structure which probably looked impressive when the gallery was established in 1958, but it is definitely looking its age today.

But, we’re not here to talk about what the building looks like, and in this case, the beauty is all within, with two lobby level galleries and then two floors above, each with two primary galleries apiece.

Fancy a spot of fishing? Photo taken in or around National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Fancy a spot of fishing? Photo: Stuart McDonald

The KL Biennale was on display when we visited in very late 2017 and we spent a solid couple of hours working through the galleries, though you could easily spend longer. Displays were all clearly labelled in English and Malay and once we got our head around the maps in the complimentary brochure we found our way around easily. There is also a ground floor cafe should you need a refreshing ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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National Art Gallery
2 Jalan Temerloh, off Jalan Tun Razak
Mo–Su: 10:00–18:00
T: (03) 4026 7000 F: (03) 4025 4987;
Admission: Free

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