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Museum

Galeria Perdana

1 of 3 museums in Malaysia to display gifts, awards, and souvenirs received by Malaysia's 4th Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who believes the items belong to the Malaysian public, not only to himself.

The 9,000 items in the collection were given to Mahathir by foreign heads of state corporations, and members of Malaysian high society. The exquisite pieces of art resemble the culture, history, religion, and traditions of nations including Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and the United States.

3,000 items from Mahathir's collection are displayed at Langkawi's Galeria Perdana, an elegant building with oriental architecture, landscaped gardens, and expansive ceiling domes hand-painted by an artist from Uzbekistan. The collection is segmented by material and sprawls across 3 interconnected multi-story buildings.

Block A includes a display of crystal wear, including decanters gifted by Malaysian oil giant, Petronas; musical instruments; artwork of various materials like pencil and sand; Islamic art; intricate wood carvings; and medals received by Mahathir Mohamad.

Block B houses items mainly gifted to the former Prime Minister's wife like textiles, jewelry, silver and copper wear, landscape paintings, woven baskets and fans, and a series of Japanese geisha dolls.

Block C, the gallery's newest addition, contains a collection of weapons, original paintings, maps, rare books, and a series of cars and motorbikes including a Formula 1 car that raced in the 1993 South African Grand Prix.

A number of common themes can be noticed across the 3 buildings. Several paintings and photographs feature Mahathir with former world leaders like Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher, while many paintings and sculptures depict horses, one the former Prime Minister's passions. The large collection of cars and motorcycles may seem out of place but actually speaks to Mahathir's influential role in establishing Malaysia's automotive industry to boost the nation's economy.

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Price

Foreigners; Adult: RM10 (USD$2.41), Child: RM4 ($0.96), Camera: RM2 ($0.48), Video Camera: RM5 ($1.20), MyKad Holders: Adult:RM5 ($1.20), Child:RM2 ($0.48), Senior: RM3 ($0.72), Camera: RM2 ($0.48), Video Camera: RM3 ($0.72)

Time Spent

1.5-2hours

Fitness level: Easy

Hours

9am-5pmTuesday-Sunday

Look Around

Building exteriorBuilding exterior
Ticket deskTicket desk
Intricate Islamic-inspired ceilingsIntricate Islamic-inspired ceilings
Hallways connecting the buildingsHallways connecting the buildings
Gallery complex
Portrait of Dr. Mahathir MohamadPortrait of Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
Glass collectionGlass collection
Silver sculpturesSilver sculptures
Informative posters on the former Prime Minister's lifeInformative posters on the former Prime Minister's life
Horse-drawn carriageHorse-drawn carriage
Popular exhibits
Ceramic collectionCeramic collection
Carved portraitsCarved portraits
Silver collectionSilver collection
Japanese Geisha dollJapanese Geisha doll
Weapons collectionWeapons collection
Literature collectionLiterature collection
Museum collections
Cars - old to newCars - old to new
F1 racing carF1 racing car
Car collection

Who Will Like Galeria Perdana

Culture Buff

Explore Malaysian culture through traditional artwork like hand-woven baskets and Islamic paintings and ceramics. The collection also includes cultural items from other countries like Japan, Thailand, and England. The items shed insight into the high levels of respect held for Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and his influential role in shaping modern Malaysia.

Sports Fan

See a Formula 1 car up close. The racecar was gifted to the former Prime Minister by oil and gas corporation, Petronas. It raced in the 1993 Grand Prix in South Africa and features a Ferrari Tipo 052 V10 engine.

Insider Tips For Galeria Perdana

  • You must pay a fee to use a camera or video camera inside the gallery (RM2 (USD$0.48) for camera and RM5 (USD$1.20) for video for foreigners).
  • Many plaques and item descriptions are only in Bahasa Malaysia, not English. Download Malay on Google Translate before your visit and use the camera tool to translate the descriptions.
  • It takes at least 90 minutes to see all 3 buildings, there are plenty of benches to sit and have a rest between exhibits.
  • Ticket holders are free to roam around the landscaped gardens and greenhouse in addition to the 3 buildings.
Ticket pricesTicket prices
Map of the complexMap of the complex

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Where Is It

Jalan Ayer Hangat, Kampung Kilim, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

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How To Get There

Car

Free • A large parking lot is available near the main entrance.

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Motorbike

Free parking for scooters and motorbikes in the main parking lot.

Rideshare

Grab drivers pick up and drop off at the main entrance, Block A.

What To Bring

Do:
  • Camera or video camera providing you're willing to pay the photography or videography fee.
  • Water bottle.
Don't:
  • Food or drink (other than water).

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yes (permit required)flash required requires permit

Tripod allowed: Not encouraged

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Anytime

Drones

Drones allowed: No

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Food & Drink

  • Fruitie Delight Cafe - Located in the gardens surrounding the building, the café sells light meals, snacks, and drinks.

Backstory

Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's political career has spanned over 70 years. He was Malaysia's 4th and 7th Prime Minister, serving in the office from 1981 to 2003, then again from 2018 to 2020. He has also served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Langkawi since 2018.

Under Mahathir's leadership, Malaysia experienced rapid modernization and economic growth with cutting-edge initiatives like the construction of the Petronas Twin Towers, and the establishment of Malaysia's automotive industry, starting with Malaysian car brand, Proton.

Mahathir was widely respected by the Malaysian people, winning 5 consecutive general elections. He was also highly esteemed by other nations, and was the recipient of many awards and gifts, as tokens of appreciation. Believing the beautiful and culturally significant items belong to the Malaysian people as much as to himself, Mahathir established 3 museums across Malaysia to house his collection. The entire collection consists of 9,000 items with 3,000 kept at Langkawi's Galeria Perdana.

Founded in December 1995 and opened to the public in April 1996, Galeria Perdana initially consisted of only Blocks A and B. Block C was added to the complex in 2003.

Etiquette

Do:
  • Take your time to enjoy all the exhibits.
  • Carefully read all the displays to fully appreciate the exhibits' relevance.
Don't:
  • Touch the exhibits.
  • Take photographs or videos unless you paid to do so.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Diversity of materials, origins, and items on display.
  • Exquisite building with hand-painted domes and landscaped gardens.
  • Insight into respect held by former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Could Be Better:
  • Confusing to navigate around large complex with 3 interconnected buildings and limited signage.
  • Located on opposite end of island from popular tourist town, Pantai Cenang.
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