Sarawak’s Borneo Cultures Museum Reopens

The Borneo Cultures Museum (BCM) in Kuching, closed since October 2017, has reopened in a 30,000sqm state-of-the-art building, and is Malaysia’s largest museum and the second largest museum in Southeast Asia. The Niah Cave’s archaeological heritage and skeletal collection, a Hornbill casque earring, 19th-century beads (lukut sekala) and necklaces, and an Iban war boat, which is more than 100 years old, are some of the highlights, and the museum will undoubtedly be a centre for both Sarawak and Borneo heritage. The brand-new museum features five levels with over 1,000 artifacts that represent the rich history, culture and heritage of the diverse population and indigenous peoples of Sarawak and Borneo. Permanent galleries carry the themes: In Harmony With Nature, Objects Of Desire, and Time Changes. Other floors feature a children’s gallery, arts, and craft hub, temporary exhibition area, museum shop, restaurant, event halls, and more.

The BCM is Green Building Index (GBI) certified, and will also feature interactive content and digital experiences, where visitors – young and old – can engage with intangible cultural heritage exhibits and installations.

The Borneo Cultures Museum will be a welcome addition to the overall guest experience for those arriving by cruise ship in Kuching.

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