Galeria Sri Perdana

Wow !

This is soooo amazing ! Just happened to browse through Arkib Negara’s Site & found this cool piece. It looks so 80’s but has been witness to uncountable memorable events throughout the past 2 deacades.

I do hope I’ll have the time to drop by one fine day…

(courtesy of http://www.arkib.gov.my/english/sriperdana.htm)

Galeria Sri Perdana was officially opened by Dato’ Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, on 20 December 2003. Sri Perdana was the former official residence of the fourth Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, from 23 August 1983 till 18 October 1999 when the government moved to Putrajaya. In 2000, it was handed over to the National Archives to be converted into Galeria Sri Perdana in appreciation of Tun Dr Mahathir’s valuable contributions to the nation during his 22-year tenure as Prime Minister.


The main areas of the residence have been preserved while the others have been turned into exhibition areas. As such, much of the original structure and interior decoration have been maintained and renovations were confined to making it into a public gallery. The landscape too has been kept in very much the same way as it was when Tun Dr Mahathir was staying there.


Visitors will get to see an official residence of the highest ranking civil servant at close range. Generally this is meant to foster closer ties between the leader and his rakyat; in particular, it will mean getting to know Tun Dr Mahathir and his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah, better so as to appreciate the contributions and struggles of the Prime Minister and his family.

EXHIBITION
LEVEL ONE

Main Drawing Room

The room, for receiving important local and foreign guests, showcases wood carvings on the walls with local designs highlighting fine craftsmanship.

Meeting Room

This room was the venue for several official activities, including those of associations and organisations. It had also been used as a venue for the live broadcast of election results.

Drawing Room II

Often used as an anteroom or waiting-room before dinner. The ceiling is unique in that it was painted in many colours by Uzbekistan artists in the style of West Asia.

Dining Hall

With wooden walls and carved wooden furniture complemented by a plaster ceiling with West Asian geometrical carvings.

Corner for Cutting Hair

Visitors can see for themselves the equipment and accessories used by the Prime Minister’s barber who was specially brought in.

Carpentry Room

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s favourite hobby was carpentry. This room is equipped with carpentry machines and appliances and displays the fruits of his handiwork.

Banquet Kitchen

The place where food for the Prime Minister and his family and for guests was prepared. It is equipped with food warmers and chillers before the food was brought out to the dining table.

Screening Room

Screens “A Day in the Life of the Prime Minister”. The room is equipped with audio-visual equipment, and seating for 32 people.

Exhibition on Level 1

In this area visitors can view selected items from the Sri Perdana collection before proceeding to the exhibition on Level 2.

LEVEL 2

Collection of Hats and Shoes

This space houses a collection of Tun Dr Mahathir’s favourites which have been kept to remind him of the occasions which he attended.

Master Bedroom

This was the bedroom of Tun Dr Mahathir and his wife. It has an antique bed and cupboard, chairs and tables, etc.

Dressing Room

The room where the first couple readied themselves for a formal function, and also where clothes are kept.

Reading Room

All sorts of reading and reference materials are kept here, eg books, magazines, newspapers, bulletins, journals and dictionaries. Tun Dr Mahathir also used this room to prepare his speeches.

Family Kitchen

This kitchen was used to prepare the family’s daily meals. Tun Dr Mahathir likes to cook and he and his wife often cooked for the family here.

Balcony


The couple had breakfast here every day and enjoyed the fresh morning air while watching the construction of the Petronas Twin Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Tower.

Level 2 Exhibition

At this level are displayed the awards and gifts that Tun Dr Mahathir received as Prime Minister.

Marina’s and Maizura’s Rooms

These two rooms have been kept in their original state and are equipped with furniture as well as clothes and books which they read.

Guest Bedroom

Specially for Sri Perdana guests and as the bridal room for the children’s wedding. It was used by the Queen for repose when she visited Sri Perdana.

Lower Level

Main Kitchen

A wet kitchen located on the ground floor, used during Hari Raya for ‘open house’ functions. All appliances are displayed together with the menu and recipes.

Laundry Room

All appliances such as washing machines and dryers as well as detergents are displayed here.

OTHER EXHIBITIONS

Perdana Theatre

The theatre screens activities that took place at Sri Perdana including segments of visits by foreign dignitaries. It can seat 48 people.

Exhibition of Cars

This is an exhibition of cars and a high-performance motorcycle that was given to and used by Tun Dr Mahathir while he was Prime Minister.

Green House

Inspired by Tun Dr Mahathir himself. It has temperate plants and seedlings.

Bird Park

Several species of birds, bantam fowl and some other types of animals such as the rabbit that are Tun Dr Mahathir’s favourites are kept here.

LOCATION MAP

Jalan Terengganu

Off Jalan Damansara

Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 0320720033

Faks: 0320722664

Visiting Hours

Tuesday – Thursday

10.00 am – 5.30 pm

Friday

10.00 am – 12.00 pm

3.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Admission Free

Galeria Sri Perdana is closed every Monday except on public holidays and school holidays.

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