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“A fascinating traditional museum in Sarawak” 4 of 5 stars
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Sarawak Museum
Tun Abang Haji Openg Road, Kuching 93566, Malaysia
6082-244232
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Ranked #13 of 35 Attractions in Kuching
Type: Museums
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Owner description: Nature studies, tradition and local craftsmanship come together in this 1891 museum.
Kaeng Khoi, Thailand
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“A fascinating traditional museum in Sarawak”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Many interesting facets of the history of Sarawak and the Ecology of Borneo. Some incredible relics and exhibits.
All set in a beautiful old Colonial Building adjacent to the Padang in Kuching.

Visited November 2013
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“Varied museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

A varied museum, not too big but with lots of aspects of sarak life and culture - animals and people. The hairball and watch taken from a man-eating crocodile is the highlight

Visited April 2014
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“A Historical Museum in Kuching!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is one of the oldest museum in Kuching or Sarawak. Featuring the history, culture, animals and crafts.

Recommended place to visit if it is your first time in Kuching. Had been to this place many times over the last 20 years. The exhibits do not changed too much over the years. A bit run down and some part of the museum is currently closed for renovations.

The highlight for me at the museum is the hairball (including a watch and false teeth) obtained from a crocodile which was hunted by the local authorities.

Nearby there's an aquarium, garden with a small gazebo area for food and an art museum. Across the skybridge, there's a small coffee shop area with shops to buy sourvenirs or local food products.

Visited June 2014
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“Sarawak Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The oldest collection of Sarawak in Malaysia is in Sarawak Museum (No fake ones, all real including the heads that were hunted in the 1990s. Scaring but real. It is ok to go during daytime and must not talk much in front of these preserved heads. The collections dated back to Brooke era some 150 years ago, the Commonwealth rule and the Malaysia. Many authoritis would suggest to move many items to other cities' museums for their own reason. However, up till now, the Sarawak museum is still original. It opens during weekends too (except closed on Friday only)
Everyone appreciates the collections.

Visited December 2013
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“Lovely old museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The museum building was built in 1891, it is set on a hill in beautiful green lawns. It is run by volunteers who are very proud of the building and exhibits. The Longhouse displays we found very interesting especially when you can walk through it. The displays are very old and some in need of updating. It is free to enter but you can make a donation for the upkeep. The aquarium at the rear of the museum was a bit sad to walk through, the fish had very little room to move and the turtles had very little area for the numbers there.

Visited May 2014
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