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  Sarawak Museum (view from Warriors Memorial Park)
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The Sarawak Museum is said to be the best in this region and should not be missed by visitors to Kuching. This is not a suprise as Sarawak is one of the pioneer state in Malaysia and South East Asia to build a museum.

It was Charles Brooke, the second White Rajah of Sarawak that proposed the setting up of a museum to hold Sarawak's relics. Thus, a temporary gallery was first set up in 1886. Later, Alfred Russel Wallace - a naturalist who was in Sarawak for two years conducting a research on the evolution of man based on the Orang Utan of Borneo - was the man instrumental for the building of a permanent museum building and its collection natural history of Sarawak.

The museum has various galleries. The ground floor is didicated to the natural history collection and specimens of Sarawak fauna (reptiles, mammals, birds, etc) and the petroleum exhibition hall as a tribute to Sarawak's booming oild industry. The first floor of the museum is mainly occupied by the ethnography exhibits with ethnographic artifacts such as models of traditional houses of the various ethnic groups in Sarawak, a real size replica of the Iban's long house, musical instruments, various kinds of fish and animal traps, handicrafts, models of boats and other cultural element of the locals (tattooing, cock fighting etc).

The new wing of Sarawak Museum (Dewan Tun Abdul Razak) is located accross the street. Here, the exhibits are mainly the photographs and paintings of historical events that happened in Sarawak as well as items related to the pre-historical era.

Address: Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuching
Directions: Close to Padang Merdeka and next to Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites.
othercontact: museum@po.jaring.my
Phone: 082-244232
Website: http://www.museum.sarawak.gov.my/oldmu.htm

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 10, 2004
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