"Sarawak Museum" Sarawak Museum Tip by Willettsworld

Sarawak Museum, Kuching: 25 reviews and 53 photos

The excellent Sarawak Museum was built by Charles Brooke, on the encouragement of his friend, the eminent naturalist, Alfred Russell Wallace. Wallace had spent a few months in Borneo collecting specimens. The original building was built in the Queen Anne style in 1891 and extended in 1911 and holds a permanent display of native arts and crafts as well as Wallace's extensive collection of stuffed specimens of local fauna. During the Japanese Occupation, the museum was put under the direction of a sympathetic Japanese Officer. As a result, the museum suffered very little damage and remarkably little looting.

Today, with carefully planned renovation and proper maintenance, this old building is used as the centre to exhibit collections on the natural history of Sarawak. The ground floor of the museum holds the natural history collection and specimens of Sarawak fauna ? reptiles, mammals, birds, etc, all expertly prepared and mounted for display. The west wing of the museum houses Shell exhibition - petroleum industries of Sarawak. The first floor displays exhibits of ethnographic artefacts such as models of longhouses of the various ethnic groups in Sarawak, musical instruments, various kinds of fish and animal traps, handicrafts, models of boats and others. You'll find a collection of jars, Chinese furniture and archaeological materials excavated in Sarawak in the new building across the main road via the bridge.

Open: 9am-4.30pm every day. Admission: Free.

Phone: 6082-244232
Website: http://www.museum.sarawak.gov.my/main.htm

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  • Written Aug 22, 2010
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