The Negeri Sembilan State Museum’s iconic Minangkabau-style peaked roof is definitely hard to miss, even from a distance.
Located at the Crafts & Cultural Handicraft Complex along Jalan Sungai Ujong, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan State Museum was previously known as Teratak Perpatih Building and used as a location for the National Al-Quran Recitation Competition. It was later renovated and officially declared as the new location of the state museum on 14 July 1986. The architecture reflects Minangkabau architecture, with its roof ridges that curve upwards, which is supposed to resemble the horns of the buffalo.
Negeri Sembilan State Museum is a complex of buildings that also serves as the Negeri Sembilan Cultural Arts Centre. The two wooden stilt houses within the compound, the Istana Ampang Tinggi and the Rumah Melayu Negeri Sembilan are also just as interesting as the main building!
Istana Ampang Tinggi is a 19th century palace built by Yam Tuan Ulin, the 5th Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan. It was originally located in an area overlooking a wide expanse of rice fields before the palace was dismantled and relocated to Seremban in 1953.
Meanwhile, Rumah Negeri Sembilan is a heritage building that was originally owned by a nobleman, Tengku Saiyed Ismail bin Tengku Saiyed Abdul Rahman, who also held the title of Dato’ Kelana Sungai Ujong. Believe it or not, this building was once dismantled and transported to London to be shown at the British Empire Exhibition in 1924.