Thursday, July 03, 2014

Sabah State Museum Kota Kinabalu

The Sabah State Museum sits magnificently on top of a hill, clearly visible to all motorists on the roads below.  Easily accessible from the main road where many buses ply from and to Kota Kinabalu town, it is merely about 5-10 minutes away from the KK City Centre.

The architecture of its main building, built in 1984 and inspired by the design of a traditional Rungus longhouse, has pique the interests of many and the touch of gentle breeze cooling the air makes the walk (or drive) uphill very soothing.

The Museum’s main building houses an impressive Ceramics exhibit and galleries dedicated to Ethnography, History, Archaeology and Natural History.  The Ceramics exhibits and the gallery of Natural History are on the First Floor while all the rest are on the Ground Floor. 

Visitors who wishes to learn more about the cultures of the major ethnic groups of Sabah such as their tradition, costumes and crafts would find interesting information at the Ethnography section situated at the Ground Floor.

There is also a special section dedicated to the history of ‘Mengayau‘, the headhunters of the olden days, and the ‘Tunnel of Time‘ where the history of Sabah from the days of the British North Borneo Chartered Company in 1881 until the formation of Malaysia is told, mostly in photographic images. 

Somewhere nearby are a replica of Batu Tulug Caves, especially interesting for those who have not visited the actual Batu Tulug Caves in Sandakan.

Outside of the main building, visitors will also have plenty of activities to do.  In fact, upon arrival, discerning guests often notice the peculiar scents emanating from some of the plants on the Museum grounds. 

The plants are actually part of the Museum’s ethno-botanical garden consisting of local medicinal, ritual, commercial, ornamental and food plants, and general information regarding each plant is placed nearby.

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