I believe many of our collectors are not aware of the existance of the Bank Negara Malaysia's Money Musuem. Or even some are aware but many of them have yet to pay a visit to this Money Musuem. Personally, I have visited this Money Musuem, which was located at the BNM building at Jalan Dato Onn, several times before it was announced to be closed on 2 July 2007 for its upgrading works.
Bank Negara Malaysia's Money Musuem located at Jalan Dato Onn
Indeed, the Money Musuem Malaysia was launched by BNM in 1989 in conjunction with the celebration of 30th Anniversary of the establishment of BNM. Over the century, the Bank Negara has managed to build up a collection of various kind of Malaysian old money tokens, rare coins and currency notes. With the introduction of Money Musuem by Bank Negara Malaysia, the public was given an oppurtunity to view and enjoy the BNM's currency collection.
The BNM's numismatic collection has covered the area of Malaysian currency items comprising of primitive money, barter trade currency, pre-colonial Malay State money, colonial period money, independence period money and not fogettting the BNM issuance currency.
The main objective of the Money Musuem is to serve as a permanent repository for the Malaysian numismatic heritage through the study and perservation of items related to the historical development of currency system in Malaysia. The musuem has provided a permanent display of coins, bank notes and other monetary items evolved over the various phases of Malaysian history.
Since the closure of Money Musuem in 2007, the BNM has increased the pace of constructing a new home for Money Musuem. The new Money Museum and Art Gallery of Bank Negara Malaysia is going to re-open with a brand new outlook in May 2009. It is definately an exciting and engaging place where many collectors or visitors will learn everything more than just about money. For further information, you may to visit this new Money Musuem website.