Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sabah museum gets more visitors

A BIG DRAW: New exhibitions, galleries and night safaris prove a hit among people

KOTA KINABALU: THE Sabah Museum here continues to attract visitors with the upgrading of several galleries and introduction of new segments and programmes.

The number of visitors jumped by 14 per cent last year (334,162) compared with 2011 (286,631).

This was based on the number of visits to the main museum building, the Islamic Civilisation Museum, the Heritage Village and the science building.

Seventy-five per cent of the visitors were Malaysians, Sabah Museum director Joanna Kitingan said here yesterday.

She said the upgraded galleries were the history, archeology and ethnography/culture sections, while the new additions were the head-hunting gallery and the hands-on traditional musical instruments studio.

"Last month, we started the 'Night Safari' with focus on getting school students to experience the museum at night via a treasure hunt-like game while staying at the Heritage Village. Some 140 students participated in this programme, including 40 foreigners, during the December school break."

The museum planned to continue this activity during long school holidays but would consider doing it more often if there were requests from schools.

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