|The Sabah Museum
is unique as it is the first museum to have its own modern complex,
Heritage Village, Ethnobotanical Gardens and Zoological Gardens
being blended in one area. The present day museum was inaugurated on
15th July 1965, and at that time it was located in a rented
shophouse at Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu. Its history goes back to
1886, the earliest existence of a museum in Sabah.
The Sabah Museum Complex located on Bukit Istana Lama (Old Palace
Hill), a beautiful location overlooking the magnificent State
Mosque, Sutera Harbour and beyond the South China Sea, was opened to
the public since 1984. The magnificent Complex comprised three
buildings. The main building, designed after a traditional Rungus
longhouse, houses the Ethnography, Natural History, Ceramics,
History and Archaeology Galleries. The Science and Technology centre
houses, among others, the Sabah Art Gallery, exhibition on oil and
gas production and an exhibition on broadcasting technology. The
conservation building which houses the museum's reserve collections
is shaped after a traditional betel-nut container.
The main aim of the Sabah Museum is to collect, preserve,
conserve, document, exhibit and interpret material evidence and
associated information on culture, history and natural history of
Sabah which are important elements in Sabah's heritage.
The vision of the Sabah Museum is to create a well-informed
and culture-caring society.
A collection bequeathed to the State Government by Mr. G.C.
Woolley, a Chartered Company administrator, who died in 1947 at
Jesselton (now Kota Kinabalu), formed the nucleus of the foundation
collections. The museum's ceramic collection is reputed to be the
largest and the finest in Southeast Asia.
To foreign visitors, the Sabah Museum is a gateway to Sabah.
The Museum opens everyday
except Fridays and 1st May. Opening hours are from 9.00 am - 5.00
pm. It is approximately a 10-minute drive from
the Kota Kinabalu Town Centre.
Entrance fee is as follows:
Malaysian Visitors RM2.00
Non-Malaysian Visitors RM5.00
Students in Uniform Free
Disabled Citizens Free
Senior Citizens Free