Training to be a Volunteer

If you are interested in being a volunteer, please send an email to  You will be invited to attend the Newcomer’s Information events.  These invitations are sent out twice a year and the events provide an opportunity to meet Volunteer Guides, to ask questions and to tour the museum.

Prior to being offered a place on a Training Course, all applicants must formally commit themselves by signing the ‘Guide Commitment’ as follows :

  • to attend the full 16 week training programme
  • to read the background training material provided as part of the course
  • to deliver three presentations relating to museum artefacts to fellow trainees without the use of notes
  • to provide a hard copy of each of the three presentations
  • to attend three guided tours of the museum prior to graduation
  • to provide positive and meaningful guided tours to visitors to the museum for up to two years after Graduation.

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 age of applicants. The courses are delivered in English and Japanese. There is also a French language group that organizes tours in French.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Training Objective? To present Volunteer Guides with a broad understanding of the fascinating and complex culture and history of Malaysia to support the provision of guided tours of the museum.

When Is The Training Carried Out ? Two parallel sixteen week training course in English normally commence each September on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, i.e. trainees can choose to attend the course on one of either Tuesdays or Saturdays.  Training in Japanese is also available and is carried out on Wednesday mornings.

 Where Is The Training Carried Out ? Training is carried out in Muzium Negara Meeting Rooms and also within the museum.

What Happens After Completion Of Training? Upon successful completion of the training programme, Volunteer Guides attend a Graduation Ceremony where they receive their Graduation Certificates.

Who Provides The Training ? Guide Volunteers, Muzium Negara Staff plus outside experts with specialist knowledge.

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 MV Library; maintaining ‘mvmqueries’ e-mail; maintaining the MV Website.
  • Communication – assisting with the production of the MV Newsletter, MV Press Releases and media events.

Where Can I Find Out More Information ? All queries and expressions of interest should be forwarded to


10 thoughts on “Training”

    1. Hi Noraliza,

      Thank-you for your interest in the MV. A training programme for new volunteers starts in September every year and you will need to go through the training programme before becoming a member.

      Please send an email to indicating interest to join MV and you will be added to our mailing list for new volunteers.

      Best regards

    1. Hi Arulmary,

      There is a one-time administrative charge of Rm100. You will be given a CD with training material as well as a set of 4 booklets on each of the Muzium’s galleries. These books are published by Muzium Negara.

      Please send an email to to register for the information talk which is normally held in the middle of the year.

      Best regards

    1. Hi Chan,

      Thank-you for your interest in joining the Museum Volunteers. Please do send an email to and you will be provided with all the pertinent information. Our next training session starts in Feb 2017. Hope to see you there.

      Best regards

  1. Hi. I saw the advert in the Star News and was interested in joining your group. May I know what are the requirement in joining the group ?

    1. Hi Shamini,

      That’s great. Do send an email to and you will be be provided with all the necessary information. You need to go thorugh a training programme to be qualified as a museum volunteer and our next training session starts in Feb 2017. Hope to see you at the training.

      Best regards

  2. I see from your response to Shamimi (above) that a training course for volunteers commenced in February 2017 (rather than the apparently usual month of September). Will there be another training course in February 2018?

    1. Hello Patrick. The next training course will be in September 2018. We had a number of reasons for conducting the training in Feb this year (2017) but will revert to Sept from next year onward. Do forward your name to and we will keep you posted on the training dates. Hope to see you next year!

      Best regards

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