The MVM provides training courses for volunteers interested in becoming docents, or museum guides. Those who have completed the course giveÂ guided tours at Muzium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. These are free of charge and are available:
In English Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays and Saturdays 10 am
In French Tuesday and ThursdayÂ 10am
In Japanese Tuesday 10am
During the Malaysian school holidays (mid-November to end-December) there will also be scheduled guided tours in Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin Chinese at 10am on Saturdays
Otherwise, Malay, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, German, Danish, Russian and Polish tours are also available on request.
Tailored tours can be arranged for Embassies, Companies and Schools. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
The one-hour tours of selected highlights of Muzium Negaraâs collections are designed to help visitors discover and understand Malaysian culture, history and heritage. A volunteer guide allows the visitor to relive history and experience local heritage. Artifacts selected by each guide illustrate important historical facts, customs or traditions.
Visitors discover recovered ceramics from shipwrecks and find out they are historical clues to shipping routes and foreign influences brought to Malaysia by traders. Textiles are witness to Malaysia’s multicultural traditions and beliefs. The glory of the Majapahit empire and the intricate geometric patternsof the Islamic tradition are woven together in beautiful pieces of songket. The weavings of the Iban Pua Kumbu and the delicately embroidered head-gears of the Bajau and Rungus people illustrate the animistic heritage of Borneo.
The MVM logo, shown above, is the Tepak Sirih (betel nut set). This indicates the value placed upon respect for others in the Malay culture as well as the hospitality of the Malaysian people. As Malaysians used to share their food and house by offering betel leaves, Museum Volunteers Malaysia guides share their enthusiasm for Malaysian culture and heritage with their visitors who will no longer consider museums as dusty and boring places to visit.