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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  • A very good historical and informative place to visit not only for tourist but also for local Malaysian primary and secondary school students. The location is good where there is no traffic jams and e...  more »
  • Interesting artifacts and lots of historical information about Sabah and Borneo in general. Worth spending an hour.  more »
  • Outside the Museum you can visit a reconstruction of the typical huts of various tribes and ethnicities. The Museum has a very interesting historical part. The presence of a guide is essential to appreciate the place and understand the traditions of different tribes.
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  • The entrance fee for Malaysian is RM 2, foreign visitor Rm15 while if you are a student just show your student card and enjoy free entrance. It is a good place to bring child for visit.There are some animal specimens display in museum such as hornbill,owl, sun bear,monkey,leopard,turtle and so on. The highlight of this museum is the whale skeleton in the lobby of museum. Once you climb up the stairs, it will shown into your eyes. It had been recorded in the Malaysia record. Besides that, the authority build lots of traditional house beside museum main building.
  • I brought my little boy here and he really enjoyed the whole 'adventure' seeing and learning things about the past. I think most children will love to experience what he has had so therefore, I propose that every parent should bring their children here and let them enjoy and appreciate all the beauty of history 😇
  • It's nice, but it could be a lot better. They provide guided tours, and the display areas are well put together. The displays are pretty decent too. But there's some maintenance that could be done. There's a Science Center, Art Gallery, Conservation Center, Geology Gallery, as well as Lecture Corner. The main gallery and facilities include Natural History, Ceramics, Ethnology, History, Archeology, and a few temporary exhibits that are changed. It's a nice place, but I know Sabah to have a more vibrant and contrasting culture and history; this museum captures some essence of Sabah.
  • The place was very interesting. It was very solemn as well. Even if there were a lot of people, everyone observed discipline. I also liked that they have the barcodes for extra info on the display, though it didn't work for me... Still gold star for trying. Went to the heritage village... Would have been nicer if there was a guided tour. I was confused because I don't know if the people I saw were local tourist too or part of the local tribes. Otherwise it was a very educational experience If you are in the city and has nothing to do, this place is one good place to spend 15 RM for a lot of good learning
  • A good place to visit to know more about Sabah's history and how it came to be and also about the local culture and people. Other than that, it has collections of artifacts from sunken ships recovered and made into a diorama as close as how it was found and flora and fauna of Sabah. The center piece in the museum is a skeleton of a whale which was beached. There is an entrance fee for the exhibition area. The outer grounds of the museum has old cars as well as the old locomotive train. Further out are the different tribes dwelling made for visitors to see all within one area. Do bring mosquito repellent as it is situated inside a small forest area.
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