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Address: Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuching 93590, Malaysia
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Nature studies, tradition and local craftsmanship come together in this...

Nature studies, tradition and local craftsmanship come together in this 1891 museum.

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One of the best in Malaysia

For Malaysian standards, this is a very nice museum. It is free of charge. Especially the part about the tribes of Sarawak is a must do before you start visiting the longhouses... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We are always on the look out for a good museum and this one was interesting. It is very old (no aircon) and a little musky however the content was truly amazing. It houses many taxidermy animals and insect specimens downstairs and has a cultural exhibition about the Sarawak culture upstairs. The museum itself is the oldest in Sarawak and... More 

Thank Alice Q
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The amount of content they have is amazing. the best museam on Borneo. the animal collection is just too good and dayak handicraft is just priceless

Thank Shavez C
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For Malaysian standards, this is a very nice museum. It is free of charge. Especially the part about the tribes of Sarawak is a must do before you start visiting the longhouses. Nice museum shop as well. Closes early at 5PM!

Thank travelingwithtw0kids
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is really very run down with the air conditioning NOT working at all. Pity the staffs who are working there. I am sure someone is in charge of the place? Do something about it please.

Thank wbasil
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fun 40 minutes looking round. Highlights were the items found in crocodile stomachs (a watch and some teeth) and the separate building on tribal beliefs. Free entrance is nice.

Thank Ann S S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The great place since it contains many places to visit in one spot. One for sarawak culture, the new one just open but on the day I visit, the crocodile place was close. Extra info, the Mee Brunei was very delicious. The place is between the building

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Thank nur h
Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The blurb says this is Borneo's oldest museum, and they're not wrong! It's basic, old, musty, but worth a look around IF you're in the area (it's very close to Merdeka Square/shopping mall.) Plus, entrance is free, so it's a good escape from the rain in the afternoon if you need it. The top floor is dedicated to local culture:... More 

Thank MissAS80
Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting story behind the museum which dates back to the 19th century. The Art Museum beside it welcomes us with an interesting progression towards understanding the dayak culture and has an array of curious artefacts. Unfortunately, the main museum seemed like it had been forgotten and the air in the museum was stale like the dead specimen on display. There... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A small museum which seemed to focus more on the cultural aspect than an overall view of Sarawak. Nevertheless it was informative. The place looks like it could do with a revamp in terms of the presentation of its displays.

Thank Aisyah S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

This museum is the best curated museum in Malaysia with the longest history in terms of establishment although the number of exhibitions has gone over the years. The natural history section is good though and reflects the immense biodiversity of the state of Sarawak

Thank Maxwell Sim Y

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