Sabah State Museum, Kota Kinabalu

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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. Add Sabah State Museum to your Kota Kinabalu travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kota Kinabalu trip planner .
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  • Entrance fee for Malaysians are RM2 and frankly, I wasn't expecting much. Layouts of exhibits were direct and sadly, dull. Spent about 30 minutes going through all 4 exhibits. One was closed when I vi...  more »
  • Interesting to learn more about Borneo here, the museum was being refurbished and some of the exibits we closed, but it was still very interesting. We did want to go to the village which is set up, bu...  more »
  • We really enjoyed stopping here and spending about an hour and a half strolling through and learning about the various tribes of Sabah, their culture and traditions. This was another stop on a KK city...  more »
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  • I can clearly tell it's running on government funds. It's not well maintained. Everything looks old. Even the stuff that's not supposed to look old like doors, signs, halls, everything looks old and super outdated. It is an interesting way to learn about history however. Also it's quite expensive for tourists. Quite disappointed in this place.
  • It is better than as compare to 90's time when our parents bring us. But still there are a lot of maintenance work / renovation to be done for better experience... Overall I would say still a lot to be improved.
  • Loved this museum. A little run down but great exhibits and a real surprise. We relly liked the adjoining botanic gardens too!
  • a good place to go for trip with friend or family good place for kids.there is alot of thing that we can learn .overall its a good place to spend time.
  • Really need an upgrade. Renovation is 200% needed. Village area really need a good maintenance.

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In the area of Sepanggar you'll find the main set of hotels, ranging from simple and mid-priced, to the more luxurious with good sea views. Move away from the coast for more space and privacy in resort-style hotels, which offer a range of facilities and comfortable, sometimes quirky rooms and apartments. Farther out still, you'll find backpacker motels, giving easy access to the surrounding natural attractions that, after all, are the primary reason for being here.
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