Sabah State Museum
Sabah State Museum
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  • reemakaa
    Damascus, Syria98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good to see
    The museum displays some historic findings in Borneo peninsula and resembles all historic eras passed by Sabah. Quite and well organized place. Gift shop has good options for souvenirs' collectors.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 October 2023
  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia8,147 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Exhibits.
    Shore excursions limit the extent of a visit to most attractions and our visit to the museum was no exception. We saw a good sample of exhibits on display on the different levels of the main building, all representative of Sabah's cultural, social and history. The dominant exhibit is the 18.6m skeleton of a Bryde’s Whale that stranded at the beach of Gaya Island in 2006; its the biggest whale skeleton exhibited in Malaysia according to The Malaysia Book of Records, as recorded on the signage. The building is unusual, the design apparently inspired by a traditional Rungus Longhouse. Happy we visited but needed more time to really appreciated the exhibits.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 December 2023
  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China19,926 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Concise introduction to Sabah
    Sabah's main museum offers a concise (preliminary in many ways) overview of local history, culture and tradition. The compact exhibition shows a bit of everything from flora and fauna to different tribes in Borneo. The heritage village next to the main building showcases dwellings of different styles in Sabah. Well worth the 15 MYR admission.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 February 2024
  • soomark1
    113 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting visit - cash entry only.
    Had an enjoyable and informative visit to this museum which gave a good insight into history and fauna of Sabah. They do not accept cashless card payment for entry and will suggests you buy something from the adjacent museum shop which will enable entrance. We were unable to get a signal outside on my husband's mobile in order to get a Grab taxi for our retun so had to seek assistance from a kind stranger. The museum complex stands alone so this could have been very awkward.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 March 2024
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Aaron S
Malaysia64 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The museum indeed require some upgrading works, things seem like falling apart and not so much organised. Lighting also needs a major improvement as the current feels dark and uneasy especially on some of the display.
Written 21 April 2024
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soomark1
UK113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Had an enjoyable and informative visit to this museum which gave a good insight into history and fauna of Sabah. They do not accept cashless card payment for entry and will suggests you buy something from the adjacent museum shop which will enable entrance. We were unable to get a signal outside on my husband's mobile in order to get a Grab taxi for our retun so had to seek assistance from a kind stranger. The museum complex stands alone so this could have been very awkward.
Written 28 March 2024
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Zsuzsa.Guide
Targu Secuiesc, Romania695 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This museum is not so big, enough one hour to see a few exhibits outside and inside-- the story of headhunters, animals, dishes, ve traditional costumes, a bajau horseman and 2 very interesting coffind with bullhead. Of course, you cannot miss the whale bones at the main entrance.
Written 17 March 2024
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China19,926 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Sabah's main museum offers a concise (preliminary in many ways) overview of local history, culture and tradition. The compact exhibition shows a bit of everything from flora and fauna to different tribes in Borneo. The heritage village next to the main building showcases dwellings of different styles in Sabah. Well worth the 15 MYR admission.
Written 26 February 2024
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Ron B
91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Definitely worth going to to learn about Sabah region. You can spend about 3 - 4 hours there. A must while there is to go down the the Heritage building to get a feel of how people lived in years gone by
Written 8 February 2024
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AmyWoon
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia84 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Very old museum compared to Sarawak's however, is still worth for a visit to gain some knowledge , entrance ticket also cover the cultural village house too
Written 4 January 2024
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davidslc
Singapore, Singapore91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A well-spent 3 hours learning more about the heritage of Sabah and Malaysia. Textiles, music, history, and fauna covered in solid exhibits. On the grounds the various longhouses were interesting as well.
Written 22 December 2023
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia8,147 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Shore excursions limit the extent of a visit to most attractions and our visit to the museum was no exception. We saw a good sample of exhibits on display on the different levels of the main building, all representative of Sabah's cultural, social and history. The dominant exhibit is the 18.6m skeleton of a Bryde’s Whale that stranded at the beach of Gaya Island in 2006; its the biggest whale skeleton exhibited in Malaysia according to The Malaysia Book of Records, as recorded on the signage. The building is unusual, the design apparently inspired by a traditional Rungus Longhouse. Happy we visited but needed more time to really appreciated the exhibits.
Written 22 December 2023
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Nomad44345909893
36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Basic Museum , lighting low , TV and Videos was off, some section was close.
Need more section on Full Malaysia
Written 8 December 2023
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reemakaa
Damascus, Syria98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The museum displays some historic findings in Borneo peninsula and resembles all historic eras passed by Sabah. Quite and well organized place. Gift shop has good options for souvenirs' collectors.
Written 11 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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