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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  • Worth a visit. This is Malaysia’s first museum. Architecture is beautiful. Just opposite the prison and very near to the Lake Gardens.  more »
  • This museum had bits in it for everyone. Animals, pottery and cars were the favourites. Open even on Chinese New Year it was a cool respite from the heat. Bargain price of 5 ringgit.  more »
  • There are only few chambers of exhibition. The items are very well presented. But as a state museum - there should be more on the tin mining industry and stories of British rule. There shd be more sto...  more »
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  • It is a well maintained museum in the small town of Taiping. Quite surprisingly it is better than quite a lot of other city museums in term of arrangements and exhibits, another place worth visiting and to spend 1 to 2 hours with a small fee of RM 2 for Malaysians and RM 5 for foreigners.
  • For a museum with such size and entry fee, it was properly curated and maintained. The museum focused more on natural history and most suitable for primary and early secondary school students.
  • Nice museum with different bird and animal species skeleton and mummified bodies. Also exhibits old authentic Malaysian culture.
  • Good exibits. But I dont understand why some honey sellers are using that avenue to promote their product. The honey selling and children toys sold there spoil the ambience of the museum.
  • Well maintained and respectfully looked after. I'm very impressed!

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