Sabah State Museum, Kota Kinabalu

(3.5/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
Visit Sabah State Museum to discover the history of the region through a permanent collection of archeological, historical, cultural, and natural history artifacts. The museum resides inside a modern four-storey interpretation of the longhouses favored by the Rungus and Murut tribes. Wander around the ethno-botanical gardens to see a heritage village arranged around a lily-pad lake and containing traditional tribal dwellings from across the region and eras. Other attractions within the museum complex include a science and education center, zoo, and an art gallery. Our Kota Kinabalu trip itinerary maker makes visiting Sabah State Museum and other Kota Kinabalu attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • A taste of some history, biology and ethnic treasures of Sabah. This is not a huge museum and it isn't a modern interactive Museum, but it is a sample of, the country. The best part is the village of ...  more »
  • We wanted to learn more of the history of Sabah and spent nearly 2hrs looking around the museum. While some of the attractions have no explaination in English, many do and I think many of the newer ex...  more »
  • Sabah is a State of Malaysia, sharing the Island of Borneo with two other Nations - Indonesia and the Philipines. We travelled to the Sabah State Museum with little knowledge of the area. The Museum i...  more »
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  • Liked the place, learned history of sabah, nice and well preverved historic ceramics there
  • Well... Having to pay 20 times more than a Malay person is not very fair I must say. There are better museums in Europe for that price. Unless you are crazy for local history or heritage I would suggest you to visits the heritage village that it's free and avoid the main building.
  • Not bad but not great either. A part of the collection is closed as well. You can learn a lot about the history of Sabah but it's a bit of a mess sometimes, not chronologically ordered for instance so it can be hard to follow.
  • Plenty of exhibits to see in this museum, covering all the local and cultural historical interests. Lots of good information and displays, but you had to leave your bags outside in the lockers. There is also a heritage village at the other end of the carpark - it was OK, but didn't have a lot of information about it, so was basically just walking around a few straw huts with no context behind it. So skip that bit, and just take in all the museum has to offer. The museum shop also had lots of great souvineers.
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