Information Morning for 2011 Training Programme on May 24

Our 2011 Training Programme starts in September and will run through until December 2011. If you are interested in signing up, then email or come to one of our information morinings at the Muzium Negara on Tuesday May 24 10-12noon

Tuesday September 6 10-12noon

Saturday September 10 10-12 noon

Places are limited so early applications are encouraged

Training at the Muzium Negara (National Museum) is on Tuesdays and Saturdays in English and on Wednesdays in Japanese.

Training at the Muzium Tekstil (Textiles Museum) is on Thursday in English.

In order to qualify for the MV training programme, you must have an interest in Malaysia, history and museums and undertake to serve as a volunteer guide once you have graduated from the training programme. In general terms, you will need to guide at the museum once a month. As the MV is a volunteer organization, you will also be encouraged to get involved in research, the schools programme and in the creation of pamphlets and booklets for use in the museums. There is no restriction on the nationality or gender of applicants. The courses are delivered in English and Japanese. There is also a French language group that organizes tours and talks in French

Muzium Negara – Guide Volunteers Training Programme Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Training Objective ? To provide Guide Volunteers with a broad understanding of the fascinating and complex Malaysian culture and history that can be used when undertaking guided tours of Muzium Negara.

How Is The Training Objective Achieved ? By exploring topics relating to the rich heritage and religions of the peoples of Malaysia and S.E. Asia based upon artefacts exhibited in Muzium Negara.

When Is The Training Carried Out ? Two parallel thirteen week training programmes are provided on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and Guide Volunteers can choose which day they wish to attend.

Where Is The Training Carried Out ? Guide Volunteers meet at Muzium Negara, Jalan Damansara in one of the Meeting Rooms and in the Museum.

What Is The Training Commitment ? All Guide Volunteers must commit themselves as follows :

* to attend the full training programme

* to read the background training material

* to deliver presentations to fellow Guide Volunteers in the Museum without the use of notes: – 3 minutes – one Muzium artefact – 7 minutes – two Muzium artefact – 15 minutes – one Muzium Gallery

* to provide a formal paper upon each of the three presentations

* to attend three guided tours of Muzium Negara prior to graduation

* to be prepared to provide positive and meaningful guided tours of Muzium Negara

Who Provides The Training ? Guide Volunteers, Muzium Negara Staff plus outside experts with specialist knowledge present topics relating to the Training Objective.

What Happens After The Training Has Been Successfully Completed ? After successful completion of the training, Guide Volunteers are invited to attend a Graduation Ceremony with their families where they receive their Graduation Certificate.

What Tasks Do Volunteer Guides Undertake ? Guide Volunteers are involved in one or more of the following areas :

§ Guiding – presenting free scheduled tours plus on-demand tours of Muzium Negara: guiding special exhibitions, presentations and visits.

§ Schools Programme – organising special tours of Muzium Negara for school children plus presentations about Malaysian culture in schools.

§ Research -locating and organising material to help fellow Guide and School Program Volunteers; helping with material for the publication of booklets for the general public and for children; helping with the translation service and providing information for Special Exhibitions.

§ Operations & IT – supporting general administration requirements; administering the MVM / MCG Library; maintaining ‘mvmqueries’ e-mail; by maintaining the MVM Website.

§ Communication – assisting with the production of the MVM Newsletter, MVM Press Releases and media events.

Where Can I Find Out More Information ? All queries should be forwarded to: Or come to our information morning

Dates for MV introduction coffee morning

We have fixed the dates for our “Introduction to MV” coffee mornings for this year. These explain the MV to potential trainees, and are useful for recruitment to our MV training programme, which will start in the second half of September 2011

MV Introduction Mornings -MV Room, Muzium Negara
Tuesday 24 May 2011 at 10am
Thursday 8 September 2011 at 10am
Saturday 10 September 2011 at 10am

For more details please click on the Training Programme Tag at the top of this page

2010-2011 training programmes now underway at National Museum and Textiles Museum

The Museum Volunteer Training Programmes for 2010 are all now underway. We have 50 volunteers training at the Muzium Negara (National Museum) and the Muzium Tekstil (Textile Museum). If you are interested in joining this programme for next year, September 2011, please click on the tag above labelled “MV Training”

Coffee Morning for New Recruits 16 June 10am

Coffee Morning Wednesday 16 June 10am MVM Room, National Museums Department

The 2010-2011 Docent Training Programme is now open for applications and will be starting in September, with weekday and weekend sessions both running. If you know anyone who is interested in joining, please tell them about the coffee morning on 16 June when MVM volunteers will be on hand to explain the training programme and what it entails.

2009 Training Programme Starts

The MVM’s seventh training programme has just kicked off.

The Tuesday group has had its first meeting and has 16 new recruits from Malaysia, Britain, France, Denmark, Uruguay, and the U.S.

The Saturday group will have its first meeting on Saturday 26th September.

The programme is aimed at  the intellectually curious. It is based at Muzium Negara, near to KL  Sentral Station, and runs once a year. It is a great chance to learn about Malaysia’s rich and complex heritage,  its history, ceramics, textiles, weaponry and traditional costumes.   And of course make great friends in an inspiring atmosphere.

There are still a few places left if you would like to join in. Please email for more details, or look at this press release below:


The MVM invites you to come and learn about Malaysia’s rich and complex heritage, its history, ceramics, textiles, weaponry and traditional costumes. And of course make great friends in an inspiring atmosphere.

Museum Volunteers Malaysia (MVM) is calling for applications to join its seventh training programme. The programme is aimed at the intellectually curious. It is based at Muzium Negara, near to KL Sentral Station, and runs once a year. The upcoming seventh session will start in September and there will be a choice of weekday or weekend classes for the 13-session course.

“If you are fluent in English, interested in Malaysia’s heritage, and can commit to becoming a volunteer guide, you are the kind of person we are looking for,” says Angela Naylor, co-ordinator of Training Programmes for the MVM.

Those who complete the training will become Docents, or Voluntary Guides, at the Muzium Negra. They will have garnered much knowledge on the artefacts and pieces on display at the Muzium Negara and will have learnt how to talk about them in an interesting and informative manner.

More than 100 volunteers have already graduated from the MVM training programme. They come from Malaysia, France, Britain, Australia, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan, Lithuania, Germany, Spain and India. On average, guides have one to two duties a month. But there are plenty of other activities, in the school programme and in research, for those who interested in developing their skills further.

“This is a fantastic course for the intellectually curious. Where else can you find enthusiastic people interested in shipwrecks or lost cities or Iban textiles,” says Zahara Shahriman, MVM Vice President.

The cost of materials for the MVM Training Programme will be RM150 for the weekday course and RM100 for the weekend course. The weekday course starts on  Tuesday 15th September and the weekend course on Saturday 26th September.

MVM provides free tours of Muzium Negara in English, Japanese, Malay, French and Chinese. They also provide programmes for school children and are developing booklets and self-guided trails for the museum.

If you are interested in joining the MVM training programme, please look at our weblog at or email

Batch 7 Training Starts 17 January

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Museum Volunteers Malaysia is calling for applicants to join its seventh training programme. The training programme will start on January 17, 2009 and will consist of 13 sessions over three months. It will cover Malaysia’s rich and complex heritage, its history, ceramics, textiles, jewelry and traditional costumes.

“If you are fluent in English, interested in Malaysia’s heritage, and can commit to following the course on Saturday mornings between 9 and 12, you are the kind of person we are looking for,” says Diane Banz-Derez, coordinator of the Saturday Guiding Programmes for MVM.

For more information, click on the black PRESS tag above, or contact Diane Banz-Derez on