The Brooke Gallery

The Brooke Gallery, Kuching: Hours, Address, The Brooke Gallery Reviews: 4.5/5

The Brooke Gallery
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
About
Open from 24th September 2016, the 175th anniversary of the founding of the State of Sarawak, the Brooke Gallery tells the story of one of the most remarkable kingdoms in history: Sarawak and its 'White Rajahs'. In the 1830s Sarawak, a province of the once-mighty Sultanate of Brunei in north-west Borneo, was ravaged by piratical raiding and rebellion against Brunei rule. Inspired by stories of its natural wonders and diverse indigenous cultures, a bold English adventurer, James Brooke, arrived on its shores in his yacht, Royalist, in August 1839. He was to forge a unique bond with its peoples and together they built the foundations of today's Sarawak. The displays focus on the people, places and events that have shaped the state. They take us on a journey through a century of 'White Rajah' rule that began in September 1841, was shattered by the Japanese invasion of December 1941 and ended in July 1946 with Sarawak's annexation as a British Crown Colony. The subsequent move towards political independence culminated in Sarawak's part in forming the Federation of Malaysia in September 1963.
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hyshegu
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia44 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Very good little museum. Well kept with lots of little bits of history about Sarawak. The views are pretty amazing from the top of the tower. Worth spending an hour there.
Written November 7, 2021
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waget
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia384 contributions
Apr 2021
Well kept and well managed gallery. Although the stairs were a bit tricky and is not suitable for "bigger" and "larger" people. It is amazing to see the mast of the ship.
Written October 11, 2021
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Linda C
Toronto, Canada92 contributions
Feb 2020
Good spot to spend a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon. Interesting exhibits. You can buy a pass to 3 Brooke museums to save a bit....20mr each or 30 for three.
Written January 2, 2021
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Christine B
Fordingbridge, UK1,358 contributions
Feb 2020
I went over to the Fort & saw the Brooke Gallery.
It was fairly interesting but nothing to rave about.
It wouldn't be on my 'must see' things for Kuching.
Written March 8, 2020
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Dear christine b, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on your recent visit to one of our Museums, the Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita. We regret that you had felt that way with regards to your visit to Fort Margherita. We are always open for suggestions from visitors on ways to improve the visiting experience. We hope to welcome you again at any of our Museums in the future. Thank you. Kind regards, Adams
Written March 9, 2020
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djanaka
Boise Idaho34 contributions
Jan 2020
From the East end of the Kuching River walk, take the short boat ride to Tjg Kampung Boyan. (cost 1 ringgit). Follow the signs to Fort Margherita --Brooke Gallery. You will pass by the hanging gardens and approach the museum from the back side. Entrance is 20 ringgit.
The museum is laid out on three floors and follows the history of the Brooke Family from their arrival in Sarawak through the cession to the English Crown. Fascinating artifacts with descriptions in both English and Malay.
There is access to the roof top for a nice view of Kuching and the cannons of the fort.
Written January 26, 2020
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Dear djanaka, Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback and sharing your experience on your recent visit to the Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita. We are glad that you had an enjoyable journey to the fort and had also found the exhibits fascinating. We look forward to welcome you again at any of our Museums. Thank you. Kind regards, Adams
Written January 26, 2020
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Jk11
Singapore, Singapore8 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Good to spend quiet times at the museum. It’s cost a dollar for the boat ride to cross the river to Brooke gallery.
Written January 20, 2020
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Dear jenkoh11, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and experience on your recent visit to the Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita. We are glad that you had enjoyed the time you spent here. We look forward to welcome you again to any of our museums in the future. Thank you. Kind regards, Adams
Written January 20, 2020
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Ann T
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia133 contributions
Dec 2019
We took the penambang across the river, walked up some steps at the end of the kampung and passed some abandoned buildings until we reached Fort Margherita. We paid RM30 per adult and RM15 per child to visit the Brooke Gallery. It was a very informative tour with many interesting exhibits and stories to give us a glimpse of what it was like during the reign of the White Rajahs. We went all the way to the top via a couple of narrow, spiral staircases to enjoy a bird's eye view of Kuching and the Sarawak River. Across the guest counter is the door to the courtyard which was fun to explore with its cannons and a disused telescope. We spent about an hour there.
Written January 10, 2020
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Dear Ann T, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and experience on your recent visit to the Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita. We are glad that you had enjoyed not only your time spent here, but the journey as well. It is our main aim to share the access to the fort as a historical site with visitors as well as the unique history and heritage Sarawak has. We look forward to welcome you again to any of our museums in the future. Thank you. Kind regards, Adams
Written January 10, 2020
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Anne C
Puchong2 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
The Brooke Museum highlights the history of Sarawak and its White Rajahs, the Brooke family. It is both interesting and informative looking through the exhibits. The museum is located in the Fort Margherita itself. After the tour, we visited the gift gallery and saw an interesting local board game, Gua! but we didn’t purchase it on the day of our visit. Upon returning to KL, I contacted the Brooke Gallery team and they
Written December 19, 2019
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Dear T948KEannec, Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback and sharing your experience on your recent visit to the Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita. We are glad that you had enjoyed the exhibits that we have on offer. And we also hoped that you enjoyed the Gua! boardgame. We look forward to welcome you again at any of our Museums. Thank you. Kind regards, Adams
Written December 25, 2019
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia12,026 contributions
Oct 2019
Our visit to the Brooke Museum helped us to understand a little of the fascinating history of Sarawak and it's White Rahajs. The musuem is located inside the restored Fort Margherita on the northern side of the Sarawak River and is open Mon- Sun 9am to 4:45pm for a low fee. The musuem is spread out over three levels with access to the levels, including the rooftop, via a narrow spiral wooden staircase, no lift available. Fans provide a little relief from the heat as you navigate the museum and learn about how the state of Sarawak was formed and the adventures of James Brooke. Accompanying the interesting exhibits and artifacts was sufficient information to keep a visitor quickly moving throughout. Our visit lasted about one hour ending in the fort's courtyard surrounded by the fort walls.
Written December 12, 2019
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Dear kpiddy, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and experience on your recent visit to the Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita. We are glad that you had enjoyed your time spent here. It is our main aim to share with visitors the unique history and heritage Sarawak has. And hopefully, our visitors will share it with their family and friends back at home. We look forward to welcome you again to any of our museums in the future. Thank you. Kind regards, Adams
Written December 14, 2019
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Susan M
Somerset, UK451 contributions
Nov 2019
There is a spiral staircase inside so not wheelchair friendly but the information is well worth taking the time to absorb. The views from the top are great. The garden is on a slope but has some interesting plaques. The walk to the fort is through a little village which gives you a rustic feel - and it's up hill. On a very hot day make sure you take water.
Written November 29, 2019
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Dear Susan M, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on your recent visit to the Brooke gallery as well as the Fort Margherita. We are glad that you had enjoyed both the exhibition as well as the experience of going through the fort. At the current moment, a new path way is still being constructed to link the fort grounds to an existing jetty on the riverbank. It will significantly shorten the time and effort needed for visitors to get to the fort while still enabling visitors to experience the river taxi ride across the Sarawak River. We hope that you enjoyed your trip to Sarawak and we look forward to welcome you again at our Museums in the future. Thank you. Kind regards, Adams
Written December 2, 2019
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