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Sarawak welcomes Malaysia’s biggest museum and second largest in the region

The RM323 million Borneo Cultures Museum, located in the heart of Kuching, will house hundreds of historical artefacts.

Nur Shazreena Ali
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With a total floor space of some 31,000 sq ft, the Borneo Cultures Museum in Kuching will be the biggest museum in the country.
With a total floor space of some 31,000 sq ft, the Borneo Cultures Museum in Kuching will be the biggest museum in the country.

Sarawak leaders have welcomed the forthcoming opening of the Borneo Cultures Museum, the largest in the country and the second largest in Southeast Asia, saying it will contribute to the state’s economic growth while preserving its cultural heritage.

The Borneo Cultures Museum, situated in the heart of the Kuching city centre, is expected to open its doors to the public as soon as this week.

It will house hundreds of historical artefacts on five levels, with a total floor space of some 31,000 sq m.

Sarawak Premier Abang Johari Openg said the RM323 million complex would help the state’s gross domestic growth while protecting its rich heritage.

Some of the historial artefacts on display at the Borneo Cultures Museum.

“The concept of using museums as a stimulus for the growth of the cultural economy is a proven one and has bred success, thus becoming more popular in developed and developing countries.

“The Sarawak Museum Department can play a larger role in connecting culture with creativity, thereby promoting the growth of our cultural and creative industries under the purview of the new tourism, creative industry and performing arts ministry,” he said at the launching ceremony over the weekend.

The Borneo Cultures Museum in Kuching, lit up in a warm glow of light at night.

The Borneo Cultures Museum will showcase objects of natural history, archaeology and culture in a thematic manner, with a space for children as well as an arts and craft gallery.

It was designed for the application of digital advancement, featuring interactive exhibitions while ensuring that the museum remains up-to-date amid the evolving global dynamics.

State Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the architecture of the building itself would enhance and revitalise the image of the entire city.

One of the many exhibitions at the Borneo Cultures Museum.

“It will become the focus of the city and a must-stop destination for tourists,” he said.

“I am confident the Borneo Cultures Museum, besides the old Sarawak Museum, will be the pride of Sarawakians.”

Karim also said that Sarawak would look into integrated research collaboration with higher institutions, industry players and other stakeholders as part of efforts to document and preserve cultural materials in the state through Unesco recognition.