Petaling Jaya Museum

Website : http://muziumpj.mbpj.gov.my/
Entry Fee : Free
Google Maps Link : https://goo.gl/maps/oNyBJiGa5Mp

Located in the vicinity of Taman Jaya Park, this little museum tells the story of Petaling Jaya, the city where I have lived for the past 17 years. I went on a Saturday morning and to my surprise, there was no one at the front desk. The security guard sitting outside the building told me to just write my name in the guestbook and proceed. After writing my name, I took a quick scan of the guestbook and it seemed the museum only receives on average, 4-5 visitors per day!


View of the entrance


The entire museum is just about the size of an average bungalow. It was very dim inside, but comfortable for me because I like it dim. The first wall of Gallery A provides information on PJ's establishment as KL's satellite city. In Gallery A and Gallery B, there were some rare pictures of the city's roads and earliest buildings. There was also map that indicates the establishment year of each 'Sections', 'SS', 'PJU' and 'PJS'. I found this very informative. These galleries also displayed some 'artifacts', which were broken latex cup and rubber scrap, both found in Bukit Gasing, plus some letters and medal from schools in the 60's and 70's, gifted by PJites. 


Map that indicates the establishment year of each zones

Moving on from these two galleries, things got a little boring for me because next few galleries were about the town authority, which then became a corporation, town council and now a city council. There were names of the past leaders and pictures of organisational events. As I continued, it became more and more like the PJ that I already know. 


How vendors use to sell at Old Town Pasar Pagi. They calculated using abacus.

Conclusion
PJ is not like Melaka that is rich with history, so most people from other cities won't find this museum interesting. But if you're PJite, you would feel a bit nostalgic if you spent about 30 minutes here.





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