Sarawak Museum

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Sarawak Guide – Sarawak Museums & Art Gallery

 

o        Sarawak Museum

Built since 1891, this famous Sarawak Museum was restored to its current form in 1911 and it remained as the one and only museum in Sarawak till 1964. The Sarawak Museum was built to display local native handicrafts as well as their collections of animals. The museum today is used as the main exhibition showcasing the history of Sarawak, exhibits on the history collection of Sarawak’s flora and fauna as well as reptiles and mammals.  You will also get to discover the various displays of musical instruments, handicrafts and ethno graphics artifacts like samples of longhouses of Sarawak's various ethnic groups.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm daily.

Admission is Free.

o        Dewan Tun Abdul Razak

Named after the Second Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dewan Tun Abdul Razak is another gallery of Sarawak Museum.  Used previously as a Legislative Assembly Hall, it was converted into a museum exhibition in 1982.  It is mostly an exhibition area for photographs and paintings of historical events in Sarawak. Visitors can also browse through archeological items, traditional souvenirs, and items in the pre-historical era like colourful jars, Chinese furniture, longhouse gallery and more.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am to 5.30pm daily.

Admission is Free.

o        The Islamic Museum

Since 1992, the Islamic Museum has fascinated visitors with seven galleries exhibiting the beauty of Islamic civilization. These exhibits include a fascinating collection of old coins, weapons, decorative arts and domestic utensils, the Holy Quran Collection, Islamic Architecture and literature. Once the James Brooke Malay College and was later known as Madrasah Melayu Sarawak in 1930, the Islamic Museum hopes to achieve the goal for others to appreciate and understand the contribution of Islam to human civilization in mind. Despite the interesting exhibits being shown here, the building itself is a great architecture as it is made of concrete and timber while its roof is of bricks.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm, Saturday – Thursday, Closed on Friday.

Admission is Free.

 

o        The Chinese Museum

Located at the Kuching Waterfront, this historic building is indeed a popular stop for tourists since 1993. The Chinese Museum was built since 1912 and used as a court by the Chinese community until 1921. Here, you will discover the historical facts relating to the origin of each Chinese dialect group, their own traditional skills, cultural heritage and the progress of the Chinese community throughout the years. The showcases here are aimed to portray Sarawak’s rich and fascinating history of the diverse Chinese groups.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am to 6.00pm daily

Admission is Free.

 

o        Limbang Regional Museum

Once an old fort against native uprising in 1897, the Limbang Regional Museum was officially opened to the public in 1994.  The unique architecture of the building fascinates one. The posts, shingles, walls and upper floor are made from belian timber. The museum now displays the history and culture of the people from the region like bamboo band, salt making, bark cloth, brassware and more.

Opening hours: 9.00am to 6.00pm, Tuesday – Sunday
Admission is Free.

 

o        The Baram Regional Museum

Overlooking the Baram River, the museum, situated at Fort Hose was officially opened in 1997. This historic building is built in 1898, and was later burnt down in 1994. It was then rebuild on the same exact spot, also keeping intact with its original design. Discover the historical and cultural artifacts being showcased belonging to the different ethnic groups from the Baram area.

Visitors to this museum will find historical and cultural artifacts belonging to the various ethnic groups from the area.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am to 6.00pm, Tuesday – Sunday.

Admission is Free.

 

o        Niah Archaeology Museum

The Niah Archaeology Musuem is situated near the archaeology sites of the Niah Cave in Miri. In here, it showcases to visitors the pre-historical finds, culture, and the way of living of the inhabitants of Niah Cave thousands of years ago.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am to 6.00pm, Tuesday – Sunday

Admission is Free.

o        Textile and Costume Museum

Textile and Costume Museum is situated in the heart of Kuching City, Sarawak.

The three storey high museum is build with the unique English Renaissance and colonial design was initially built as a hospital/clinic in 1907. The museum exhibits local textiles and costumes made by Sarawak's ethnic community, Iban and the Sarawak Malay kain songket. You will also get to see the the process of textile making from raw materials to the weaving stages and finished cloth products.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am to 6.00pm daily.

Admission is Free.

o        Cat Museum

This is the only Cat Museum in the world. The Cat Museum is located at Sarawak’s capital city, Kuching, North City Council in Petra Jay. Galleries of a large range of cat exhibits which has been collected and donated by countries all over the world has indeed attracted all cat lovers. The Cat Museum acts as an important and useful resource centre chartering the history, legends and beliefs about cats. There is an important section of the museum committed in showcasing the five species of wild cats found in Borneo. The world's rarest cat is the Felis Badia and could only be found in the jungles of Borneo.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm daily.
Admission is Free.