New history gallery at the Sarawak Museum

The newly-opened history gallery at the Sarawak Museum takes visitors to Sarawak’s past from the 7th century to today. I was particularly taken with the rock carving of the man on the boulder – whose name escapes me now.

Relics from the past at the Sarawak museum
The Star, 26 March 2009

A NEW History Gallery has opened at the Sarawak Museum, chronicling the state’s history from its pre-Brunei Sultanate days right up to independence.

Located on the first floor of Dewan Tun Abdul Razak, the gallery is divided into several sections in chronological order – from the Santubong era (7th-14th century) and the Brunei Sultanate era (15th-19th century) to the Brooke era (1841-1946), the Japanese Occupation (1941-45), colonial rule (1946-63) and finally independence.

Sarawak’s history is told through various artifacts, photographs and documents displayed according to their respective eras.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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