Sabah State Museum, Kota Kinabalu

3.6
#3 of 10 in Museums in Sabah
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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  • An insight to the history and wildlife of Sabah. Everything from head-hunting to animals found in the are. There is a small museum dedicated to the old railway, a cafe and of course there is a gift sh...  more »
  • This certainly is a nice place to visit. With information on Sabah animals, headhunters and history.  more »
  • Found it an interesting place. They have displayed plenty of evidence from archeological digging for their cultural history. Also there is a display of vintage cars and rail museum. Couldn't visit Sci...  more »
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  • Entrance Fee is RM 2 but I feel like I should pay more. A perfect place to learn about Sabah specifically especially on the culture, people and its history. It exceeded my expectation and I'm very satisfied with the quality of this museum. It has 2 exhibitions, inside and outside the museum. If you're a history buff, spare more than an hour to explore and read everything.
  • This is one of the best places in Sabah to visit. Visiting there give you greet experience about historians and you can learn about Sabah fast. Many of stuff display there reward you high value about amazing thing about Sabah. So put your next trip to saba museum.
  • Extraordinary place. Obviously put together by world class professionals. Fascinating to me. View the exhibits inside but do not neglect the outside exhibits.
  • Seruously a place like no others. Good spot for tourist. Keep up the good work preserving Sabahan's culture. You guys rocks
  • A funny little museum but worth seeing if you want to learn more about the indigenous tribes of Sabah. The ticket prices are very low, some of the content seemed a bit historically questionable, there's a great exhibit in the "science centre" at the back about the history of radio and TV in Sabah complete with retro studio set up.

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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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