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Sarawak State Museum
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Museum (from http://www.museum.sarawak.gov.my/index.php/en/about-the-museums/natural-history-museum)

Code

SM

City

Kuching, Sarawak

Country

Malaysia

The Sarawak Museum was built in 1891 and was extended to its present form in 1911. The building was built to permanently house and display local indigenous arts and crafts, and collections of local animals. Its founding was encouraged by the prominent British naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, who was then collecting specimens in the state.

The museum was run by military officers during the two world wars. In the Great War, British officers were assigned to it. During the Japanese Occupation of World War II, the museum was directed by a Japanese officer, who was sympathetic to its goals. He protected it and the museum suffered very little damage or looting.

The historic building has been renovated. It is used to exhibit and interpret collections on the natural history of Sarawak.

AddressEdit

Pengarah Jabatan Muzium Negeri Sarawak, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, 93566, Kuching, Sarawak, 93000, Malaysia.

WebsiteEdit

http://www.museum.sarawak.gov.my/index.php/en/

Zoology CuratorEdit

Dr Charles Leh (Deputy Director)

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