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The old wing of the Sarawak Museum, the oldest museum in Borneo, dates back to 1891. After undergoing recent renovations, it will reopen in April 2021 as part of the newly renamed Sarawak Museum Complex, which also houses the Natural History Museum and the Art Museum. The old Dewan Tun Abdul Razak site will become a beautiful new 30,000 square meter museum complex with auditoriums and intriguing galleries that exhibit a selected selection of artifacts, bringing visitors through Sarawak’s rich history.
Chinese History Museum
Formerly the Sarawakian Chinese courtroom, this charming museum today houses a wide variety of displays on the traditions, cultures, and way of life of the nine major Chinese groups who settled in the city. You may browse a wide variety of amazing antiques, images, and traditional attire in the enormous collection. These chronicle the history of the Chinese in Kuching beginning in the year 1830, when they first began to immigrate to the city.
Given that the word “kuching” in the Malay language means “cat,” it would be a mistake to ignore the Kuching Cat Museum while visiting Sarawak. This eccentric exhibition, the first of its type in the world, is home to over 4,000 cat-related exhibits, including posters, taxidermy, mementos, and historical artifacts. Highlights include a 5,000-year-old Egyptian mummified cat and tales of cats owned by well-known cat enthusiasts including Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, and Albert Einstein.
Fort Margherita was constructed in 1879 on the banks of the Sarawak River and offers a view of the bustling Kuching waterfront in an effort to defend the city. One of Kuching’s top attractions, the fort’s brilliant white walls and towers show out against the green of the surrounding trees and meadows. Visitors may explore the spectacular fortifications as well as the Police Museum, which has a remarkable collection of antique weapons and armor, including as cannons, pistols, and swords.
The Ranee Museum
Not only is it worthwhile to explore Sarawak’s jungle, but also its museums, the most of which are free. It is simple to take a one-day tour of these museums, covering nearly all of them together with the fort. Even though several of these museums are only a short walk from Chinatown and the waterfront, they close at 4:30 pm.