Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
Founded in 1885, Royal Selangor is the world’s foremost name in quality pewter, a brand synonymous with design and craftsmanship. In the hands of its skilled craftspeople, this versatile alloy of tin, copper and antimony is transformed into an endless variety of homeware and gifts, sold today in more than 20 countries around the world.
The Visitor Centre is located in Setapak Jaya, just 20 minutes from the Kuala Lumpur city centre. A modern glass-clad foyer set within scenic lush landscaping, greets visitors upon arrival at the Visitor Centre along with Royal Selangor's Giant Tankard. Recognised as the world’s largest by the Guinness World of Records, the giant tankard provides one of many perfect photo opportunities at the Centre.
Tin mining started in the 1820s, and is one of the oldest industries in Malaysia. The country then known as Malaya, supplied about 55% of the world’s tin and was the world's biggest tin producer by the end of the 19th century.
The Visitor Centre will take you back over a hundred years to the founding of Royal Selangor and its inextricable link to the history of Malaysia. Through complimentary guided tours, visitors will learn about the remarkable development of tin mining in the Malay Peninsula in the 1800s as well as view traditional pewtersmithing tools, antique pewter and ancient tin currency at the Centre's Pewter Museum.
At the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, you are introduced to the world of pewter through sight, touch and sound. Large chimes and bells can be struck in the Chamber of Chimes, demonstrating the resonant sound of cast pewter and that of other materials. In the Hall of Frames, visitors pass through a hall decked with an impressive collection of past and present Royal Selangor photo frames, where you can touch, feel and appreciate the subtle warmth and flexibility of the alloy.
After viewing the Petronas twin towers created from 7,062 pewter tankards and the Wall of Hands that pays tribute to the designers and craftspeople of Royal Selangor, visitors are invited to step into the actual factory where you will see close-up the fundamental processes of casting, polishing, soldering, hammering and finishing, how each piece is meticulously crafted.
Visitors with a little more time on their hands may not want to miss out on making their own pewter products. For a nominal fee, visitors may participate in Royal Selangor’s School of Hard Knocks pewtersmithing workshop where the participants create their very own pewter dish, or The Foundry where they get to make pewter accessories from scratch.
* Concluding the visit to the centre is the retail store with the widest selection of Royal Selangor’s pewter collections. Visitors can also indulge in standalone boutiques featuring fine jewellery by Selberan and sterling silver by Comyns. The two luxury brand names complement Royal Selangor, offering customers an even wider selection for retail therapy.
When you are ready to take break from shopping, unwind at the Cafe which offers a selection of pastries, light meals and fresh coffee, in a comfortable space surrounded by greenery.
*Conclude the visit to the Visitor Centre at the retail store with the widest selection of Royal Selangor's pewter collections. You may also choose to unwind at the Cafe which offers a selection of pastries, light meals and fresh coffee in a comfortable space surrounded by greenery.