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Past Perfect
Evanna Ramly | 06 Oct 2017 00:30
Jalan Merdeka depicts Malaysia’s journey to independence

For a significant segment of modern society, the museum experience is underrated. While digital references and online encyclopaedia may boast vast knowledge of global history and culture, nothing beats the power of seeing authentic remnants of the past in real life.

Yet somewhere among the stuffy confines and unattractive displays that have regrettably become the norm, certain gallery owners and curators have lost their touch and consequently, their audience.

Tunku Zain Al-’Abidin Tuanku Muhriz, executive adviser and director of the Asian Heritage Museum (AHM), believes it is about time to change the long-held view that a museum is merely an institution for education as opposed to a more interactive space. “That is absolutely necessary now in an age when there are so many other options and distractions,” he says. “People today are too busy so you need something really compelling to draw them in.”

Founded in 2010, AHM is a special museum services company that aims to develop, establish, manage and operate a world-class Asia Pacific heritage museum promoting multiculturalism, regional heritage as well as regional peace and understanding.