Sarawak Museum, Kuching, Sarawak
Charles Brooke who is known as the White Rajah of Sarawak was the one who built this museum in the year 1891. The Sarawak Museum was basically built to exhibit the handicrafts of the indigenous people and wildlife of Sarawak. Initially there was entrance fees charged at the Museum Sarawak, but not it is open to the public free of charge. Their operation hours are from 9am till 4.30pm and are open everyday. There are ample of parking space beside the museum and walking distant to most of the museum in Kuching.
Do not get confused, this museum is known as the Sarawak Museum Old Building. There is also another museum opposite the road with the similar name at Dewan Tun Abdul Razak (Tun Abdul Razak Hall) which is newer and their display items changes from time to time.
The Sarawak Museum is a 2 storey building. The lower building hold artifacts of animal skeletons and stuffed animals that reside in Sarawak. Some of this animals includes the Orang Utans and Proboscis monkeys which can only be found in Borneo. The Sawarak Museum is classified as the finest museum in southeast asia and the single most extensive archive and exhibit of Bornean history, art and ethnography anywhere in the world. Other notable exhibits include the history of Sarawak, a reconstruction of native longhouses, tribal art, Malay and Chinese artifacts, and local flora and fauna.
On the second floor, it emphasises more on the artistic side of Sarawak as well as their native longhouses. In the Sarawak Museum, you’ll get to experience first hand on how it feels like to live in a longhouse because there is a live size replica made available.
We are not allowed to take photographs in this museum, but with proper permission from the security guards and explaining to them that I’m a travel writer, they finally allowed me to capture the moment.