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“Some ineresting bits.”
Review of Sarawak Museum

Sarawak Museum
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Owner description: Nature studies, tradition and local craftsmanship come together in this 1891 museum.
Worthing, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Some ineresting bits.”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

Unfortunately two areas were being revamped so a large amount was off view. Could they not revamp one bit at a time? What was on view was very good.

Visited April 2013
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“Museum paradise”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

If you are into museums, then Kuching is the place to visit. There are a number of museums one can visit and all are very interesting.
There is the Sarawak Museum (old and new wings), the Textile Museum, the Islamic Museum, the Cat Museum, the Chinese History Museum, the Tun Jugah MUseum along with the Timber Museum and Heroes' Museum.
The Sarawak Government obviously values their past and encourages people to visit their museums by not charging an entry fee... a remarkable situation in this day and age.
While we didn't spend a huge amount of time in each museum we were able to gain a very valuable insight to the Sarawak culture past and present and can only offer praise to the people who decided to offer these building for free.
One disappointment was that unfortunately several museum had limited viewing as exhibition anf renovations were being conducted

Visited April 2013
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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“Interesting display of taxidermy animals”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

The main reason I did not rate this as Excellent is because it is currently undergoing renovation so a large portion of the top floor was closed off to visitors. This is the part that shared more information about the different Dayak people in Sarawak. However, the museum does have a large and interesting display of taxidermy animals on the bottom floor that I enjoyed looking at. The collection of giant crocodile skulls also makes you think twice before you do any swimming in the area! This is free and provides some context to the Sarawak area, so I recommend it for any visitors to the area.

Visited April 2013
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South Australia, Australia
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“So many different buildings - excellent!”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

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.

Visited July 2012
Thank Cathy&Gary
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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“Lots of re-furbishment!”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

4 seperate museums! Saving grace was they were all air conditioned. The main museum was 3/4 open - lots of sad stuffed animals! Some interesting exhibits but no real progression, all a bit muddled! Ok if you have a couple of hours to spare.

Visited April 2013
Thank Julie C
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