Sarawak Museum – Old Building
The Sarawak Museum is spread over a few different buildings, so make sure you visit them all as they are all totally different. The first building we went into is called the Old Building and it was built in 1891
It was built by Charles Brooke, the White Rajah of Sarawak, it was copied from a design of the Normandy Town Hall in France
In here you will find over various areas displays of animals that have all been stuffed and mounted for display. Upstairs there are models of long houses with some real shrunken smoked heads, handicrafts and models of old boats etc.
During the Japanese occupation a very sympathetic Japanese Officer was put in control of the museum, so as a result the building stayed in good condition and there was minimal looting.
We really enjoyed the displays in the old building, have to say it was my favorite and we spent ages in here. There are no photos allowed in this museum but I had already taken a few before I noticed the signs.
Sarawak Museum - (Dewan Tun Abdul Razak Building)
This is the second building of the Sarawak Museum which is named after the second Prime Minister of Malaysia. There are 2 floors showcasing beautiful pottery, old Chinese furniture inlaid with mother of pearl and brassware. Plus on the ground floor there is a temporary exhibition displays that changes regularly and the Museum shop where you can buy drinks and cheap souvenirs etc
Natural History Museum
All of the museums are in grand old buildings; the Natural History Museum is in a building that was built in 1908. There was an exhibition called Amazing Wood Fossils of Borneo while we were there and it certainly was amazing to see a huge piece of Mesophytic conifer wood that had turned to stone, it is from the Jurassic era and is 145 million years old and was found in Kuching.
There are quite a few different rooms in the Natural History Museum with displays of reptiles, birds, and mammals etc that are extinct or near extinction. Very interesting museum.
There are so many museums to visit in the area, we also went to the Islamic Museum and the Sabati Women's Museum, but no photos allowed!
So Kuching is a fascinating place so full of history, we totally enjoyed our visits to the museums we went to while we were there.
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