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Perak Museum, Taiping

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The Perak Museum is a public museum located at the junction of Jalan Muzium and Jalan Taming Sari in Taiping, Perak, Malaysia. It is the oldest museum in Malaysia and highlights the history of the state.HistoryThe Perak Museum in Taiping is the first and oldest museum in Malaysia. It was founded in 1883 by Sir Hugh Low, the fourth British Resident of Perak (1877 to 1889). It owes its establishment to the fund-raising efforts of Sir Hugh Low and Sir Frank Swettenham, Resident of Perak from 1889–1895, Resident-General of the Federated Malay States (now Malaysia) in 1896–1901, and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Straits Settlements 1901–1904.The museum was initially concerned with natural history particularly ethnography, zoology, botany and geology, all key areas of interest of its founder Sir Hugh Low. Its first curator was Mr. Leonard Wray Jr., a botanist, geologist and Superintendent of Government Hill at Larut (1883 to 1903).In the beginning, the museum was housed in some renovated government offices while the main building of Neo-classical design was under construction in 1883. The building comprised an office, library and exhibition hall (Gallery A) and was only completed in 1886 due to lack of funds. In 1889, extensions to the museum's front and back were added. A new exhibition hall (Gallery B) was constructed in 1891 to 1893. As the collection of exhibits grew, a new two-storey building (Gallery C and D) were added from 1900 to 1903.
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  • Old building with unique architrcture design. Very well categorised & organised contents. 3D art gallery is available until end of September, adding fun to visit to the museum. Entrance fee, RM2 for a...  more »
  • This is a small museum covering more to local culture, history & some information about animals in Malaysia. It's a small museum but very clean and well maintained. Located right in front of the Taipi...  more »
  • The museum is small but clean and well maintain. You can spend 30 minutes to 1 hour here. i love the wooden stairs which lead you to the upper floor where the cultural history of Perak is shown. There...  more »
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  • A better Perak museum, with cheap entry free. There's plenty to see, from animal bones right to aboriginal masks. I just wish that there's a single point of focus.
  • It's definitely worthwhile to pay a visit for this well renovated historical place. Good job in the maintenance and structure
  • Good place to bring children. The artifacts on display are well maintained.
  • Recently i went to the museum after so long because they having the 3d art. So i went there merely to take picture, lol, and the fee is only rm 2 for malaysian! But the 3d art is only untill this september. Go now!
  • Best for history education and nice for children to know they own culture

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Budget to upscale hotels continue to pop up in Taiping thanks to the city's growing tourism industry. Many of the less expensive hotels feature modern amenities and offer guided Taiping tours. While the lowest priced still may not offer air conditioning, most reputable places provide this luxury as well as television, Wi-Fi, and hot water. Find most hotels in the city center, but if you prefer to be closer to Taiping's lush nature, consider renting a bungalow in the surrounding foothills.
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