The Sarawak Museum is a cultural pride of
the State not only for its ethnographic collections and archaeological exhibits,
but also for the global recognition that it has proudly created for the State.
With all these cultural treasures, a person visiting the place and its premises
will surely find something of interest. Needless to say, every visit promises
a worthwhile experience.
From a humble beginning of just a gallery, Sarawak Museum now enjoys the
status of an internationally recognised research institute with special reference
to history, natural history, anthropology and archaeology. It is now regarded
as a full-fledged department- Sarawak Museum Department. With a strength of about
70 staff , the department oversees seven museums throughout the State: Sarawak
Museum (old building), Sarawak Museum (Dewan Tun Abdul Razak), the Islamic Museum,
the Chinese History Museum, the Limbang Regional Museum, the Baram Regional Museum
and the Niah Archaeology Museum.
"We will modernize further the administration system of our collection..."
says En. Sanib Sunib, Director of Museum Department
Sarawak Museum is internationally recognized as a research institute
The Sarawak Museum Building was built in 1888 and was later renovated to its
present form in 1911. It houses various exhibits in its two floors. The ground
floor covers exhibits of mammals, invertebrates, reptiles, birds, insects, fish
and shells, and also includes a petroleum gallery.
The top floor displays mostly ethnographic artefacts. There are models of traditional
houses of the various ethnic groups in Sarawak, musical instruments, fish traps,
handicrafts and woodcarvings, model boats and others.
With all these collections, it is no surprise that an average of 900,000 visitors
per year visit the museum. "We expect to see more professionals (archaeologists,
researchers, etc.) visiting Sarawak Museum and in anticipation , we will modernize
further the administration system of our collection, put up a better catalogue
system and will train more people in information management" says En. Sanib
Sunib, Director of Museum Department.
The State Archives and Reference Library Section is open everyday,
except on Fridays and public holidays
In line with their vision of becoming a custodian of Sarawak's heritage , there
is an ongoing educational and cultural program for all. For the month of June,
among the activities are exhibition on artefacts, International Museum Day,
and public talk.
For details on these activities, those interested may contact the department
at 082-244232 or e-mail: email@example.com
To become a custodian of Sarawak's heritage with a high degree of technology,
professionalism and dynamism by the year 2005 beginning from 1998
To cultivate professionalism and dynamism in our working culture by constantly
striving to improve ourselves through quality programme and constant training
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