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Sarawak Museum, Kuching
(3.5/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Discover the history of the area at Sarawak Museum, the longest-established museum on the island. Opened in 1891 in a stately, purpose-built building, the museum holds an impressive natural history collection featuring specimens of indigenous plant and animal species, and detailing their behavior, habitat, and cultural importance. Head to the second floor for the ethnographic section, with artifacts including fish and animal traps, and traditional textiles and handicrafts. Use our Kuching holiday planner to add Sarawak Museum and other attractions to your Kuching vacation plans.
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  • Very much enjoyed the museum. They have a longhouse display that is very good. Museum is free to visit and well worth seeing 
  • I try and get a visit in as and when I am in Kuching as the museum had provided me countless wonderful memories in the past. I was very impressed by the 'new' exhibition room on the top floor of the m...  more »
  • It is walking distance from Plaza Merdeka and consist of old and new museum. Older museum have artifacts and stuffed animal displays. The new museum tells the history of Sarawak from James Brooke's er...  more »
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  • At the white building (Arts Museum) now is the exhibition "orang Sarawak". Very interesting and a must-see. Modern style exhibition: very good descriptions, video's in English (Bahasa subtitles), audio's in English and Bahasa and interactive maps. One of the pictures shows the floorplan and what to see. Takes 1-2 hours depending on interest. Free admission. Exhibition is wheelchair accessible! No aids however for blind or visually impaired.
  • Great little museum. It hasn't been updated in a while though but this actually adds to its charme. It is basically a crash course on Kuching/Sarawak as it has exhibits on both the animals of the island (it even has some of Alfred Wallace's collection) as well as the history of the place. It also has a lifesize model of a traditional Longhouse complete with real human skulls hanging over a fake fire.
  • The museum is an excellent place to learn about Sarawak, its people, culture and nature. Free entrance. Unfortunately, no pictures are allowed.
  • Needs to be updated. Nice colonial history and good to be preserved.
  • very important place of history in sarawak. hope the government can help to conserve this place