Galeria Perdana is a museum displaying gifts and awards presented to former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahatir and his wife, Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali. Opened in 1995, it is set a little further down the road from the Langkawi Bird Paradise in Mukim Air Hangat, approximately 11km from Kuah.
Open daily 8:30AM-5:30PM
(6:00pm on school & public holidays)
Porcelain, crystal, silver, textile and copper pieces as well as weapons, plaques, musical instruments, Islamic art and paintings are all on display at the Galeria Perdana. Spread across 5,333sqm of beautifully landscaped gardens, the museum is housed in three interconnected two-storey, oriental-style buildings.
Structure of Langkawi Galeria PerdanaOne of the island’s best kept attractions, the Galeria Perdana has over 2,500 exhibits on display and an intricately hand-painted ceiling. It is divided into different sections; the first section is the Wood Carving Room: a gallery that showcases exquisite Malay wooden architecture. Meanwhile, the Reading Room has an array of reference material and there is a section with a collection of automobiles including F1 racing cars on display. Lastly, the outdoor Green House has a variety of plants under controlled temperature.
The gifts displayed here were presented to the former prime minister from world leaders, statesmen as well as Malaysians during his tenure as leader of Malaysia. The accompanying descriptions attached to each exhibit are especially interesting. Originally named the Sri Perdana Gallery, it’s a great stopover before heading to the Durian Perangin Waterfalls; photography is not allowed inside the museum.
Galeria Perdana is an attractive museum in Langkawi displaying gifts, awards and mementos that former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamed received in his official capacity, mostly from foreign governments and corporations, during his tenure as the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia.
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It is good that the public are able view these items rather than them being locked away gathering dust in a government warehouse somewhere.
The Museum Building
The building in which the gallery is housed is an interesting design. From the outside it has elements of traditional Malay architecture but inside there are two extravagantly ornate ceilings with coloured glass and delicate plasterwork. The surrounding gardens are pleasant.
There is a great variety of items on display inside, many of them very desirable. These include a Japanese painting on silk, oriental rugs, Thai wood carvings, wooden model ships, model trains, a large collection of crystal, silverware, lacquerware and porcelain treasures, kokeshi dolls, musical instruments, weaponry, textiles, Islamic art, photographs of Dr. Mahathir with world leaders such as Nelson Mandela and a signed photo of former UK Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher (with whom Dr. M was not always on the best terms).
Another section showcases a number of motor vehicles, including some Malaysian-made models.
Children (age 6 – 12) RM 4 / RM 2
How to Get to Galeria Perdana I have marked the exact location on the map on my Top Langkawi Attractions page.
Malaysia Tourism Quality Assurance
No.556 Kampung Sungai Menghulu,
Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia