Throughout the nation’s history, Malaysia has seen the erection of numerous museums over time from the Taiping Museum (1883), Sarawak Museum (1888), and the Selangor Museum (1889). Where the National Museum of Malaysia stands today was originally the site of the Selangor Museum before it was destroyed in World World II in March 1945. The idea to construct a museum was triggered after the country gained independence in 1957; the decision to construct the museum was announced in 1959. Its architectural design, inspired by national identity, was endorsed in 1961 by the first Prime Minister of Malaysia. The National Museum of Malaysia was opened in August 1963 by Third Yang di-Pertuan Agong. It houses four main galleries, and the museum serves to preserve the rich history and culture of Malaysia.