The National Heritage Department was established on 1 March 2006 with the responsibility of preserving, conserving, protecting and promoting the rich treasures of Malaysian heritage.

The department is entrusted with archaeological research, conservation of buildings and monuments, gazetting and enforcement, safeguarding intangible heritage and natural heritage, as stipulated in the National Heritage Act 2005 (Act 645).

Functions of Department National Heritage:

  1. To conserve and preserve national heritage
  2. To enforce provisions under the National Heritage Act 2005
  3. To register national heritage into the National Heritage Registry
  4. To document and publish heritage-related research findings and reference materials
  5. To conduct heritage related research and development
  6. To plan, implement and coordinate heritage related activities
  7. To monitor World Heritage Sites in Malaysia
  8. To assist in the nomination of World Heritage Sites and other world accolades such as Memory of The World and Intangible Cultural Heritage