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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  • July 29, 2017
    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 »
  • July 14, 2017
    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 »
  • July 4, 2017
    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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  • July 21, 2017
    Taiping museum featured so many things in the museum. The entrance fee is so cheap compared to other museums ive ever been. A great place to spend on your weekend if you are a history buff.
  • August 20, 2017
    worth the money paid for entrance. really informative. learnt some new things there.
  • August 21, 2017
    Informative with 3D objects as displays. One of the section reminds me of the Natural Museum in UK with the dinasours skeleton. I learnt lots from the visit especially about the Perak' aboriginal people and traditional customes.
  • July 1, 2017
    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.
  • July 22, 2017
    A lot of history is there. A very good place for people who love taking picture and documenting.

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