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Address: | at Fort Margherita, Kuching, Malaysia
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:45
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Open from 24th September 2016, the 175th anniversary of the founding of the...

Open from 24th September 2016, the 175th anniversary of the founding of the State of Sarawak, the Brooke Gallery tells the story of one of the most remarkable kingdoms in history: Sarawak and its 'White Rajahs'. In the 1830s Sarawak, a province of the once-mighty Sultanate of Brunei in north-west Borneo, was ravaged by piratical raiding and rebellion against Brunei rule. Inspired by stories of its natural wonders and diverse indigenous cultures, a bold English adventurer, James Brooke, arrived on its shores in his yacht, Royalist, in August 1839. He was to forge a unique bond with its peoples and together they built the foundations of today's Sarawak. The displays focus on the people, places and events that have shaped the state. They take us on a journey through a century of 'White Rajah' rule that began in September 1841, was shattered by the Japanese invasion of December 1941 and ended in July 1946 with Sarawak's annexation as a British Crown Colony. The subsequent move towards political independence culminated in Sarawak's part in forming the Federation of Malaysia in September 1963.

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Excellent well lit -tastefully laid out clear captions and texts - stimulating experience . Well worth the visit .

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Kuching
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent well lit -tastefully laid out clear captions and texts - stimulating experience . Well worth the visit .

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in an extremely interesting and influential period in Sarawak's history. Beautifully put together and in a stunning space.

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Kuching
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Brooke Gallery is a must see for visitors to Sarawak. The displays provide much needed history lesson to the first century of present day Sarawak. Its awesome. Its informative.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By paying only RM5, we got to explore the Brooke Gallery and the inside of the Fort. We learnt alot of things about the Brooke legacy and the history of Sarawak! a very enlightening trip! My husband and I even played make-believe, pretending to be soldiers from the yesteryears

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BGallery, Manager at The Brooke Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback on your recent visit to Fort Margherita and for sharing your positive experience! It is much appreciated. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at the Brooke Gallery and that you found your time with us enlightening - And it is wonderful you had a chance to play 'make-believe'... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the Brooke Gallery just after its opening in September. Its in a beautifully restored fort overlooking the Sarawak River used by the White Rajah's during their rule. Sarawak, and Kuching in particular is diverse, multicultural and modern. We met many wonderfully friendly and welcoming people but unlike other parts of SE asia it was difficult to come to... More 

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BGallery, Manager at The Brooke Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback on your recent visit to Fort Margherita and for sharing your positive experience! It is much appreciated. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at the Brooke Gallery and that it helped you to learn about Sarawak's diverse culture and society, and its unique connection with the Brooke family.... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita soon after it opened and was really impressed with the exhibition. It was easy to reach from where we were staying on Kuching's waterfront (a fun long-boat journey). I knew only a little about the White Rajahs but had seen plenty of mentions of the Brooke family around Kuching, so it was... More 

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BGallery, Manager at The Brooke Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback on your recent visit to Fort Margherita and for sharing your positive experience! It is much appreciated. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at the Brooke Gallery and that you found your experience enlightening - It is always a pleasure to welcome interested visitors from home and abroad!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

If you are ever in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, and have a couple of hours to kill, don't miss a chance to hop on a traditional Long Boat / Sampan and hop across to visit The Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita. Within it's walls, beautifully restored just earlier this year (2016), you will find the most tastefully curated museum on the... More 

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BGallery, Manager at The Brooke Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback on your recent visit to Fort Margherita and for sharing your positive experience! It is much appreciated. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at the Brooke Gallery and that you made the most of the whole adventure, taking a sampan and walking up through the village (braving the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

This museum is well worth visit. Well presented and fascinating look at the history of the Brook family or 'white rajahs' who had a significant and lasting impact on Sarawak.

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BGallery, Manager at The Brooke Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback on your recent visit to Fort Margherita and for sharing your positive experience! We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at the Brooke Gallery and are pleased to hear that you were as fascinated by Sarawak's unique history as we are! We look forward to welcoming you again to... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Fort Margherita has been transformed sympathetically to house a collection of well-preserved artifacts and accounts that trace the 100-year story of the White Rajahs. The exhibits (ranging from photographs and flags to documents and models) are clearly displayed and I enjoyed the narrative that accompanied each one - plenty to discover. Friendly staff on the desk and pretty grounds that... More 

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BGallery, Manager at The Brooke Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback on your recent visit to Fort Margherita and for sharing your positive experience! We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at the Brooke Gallery and that you found the exhibit narratives enlightening and enjoyable to explore. Thank you also for your kind comments on our staff, all of whom... More 

Kuching, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

I went for a visit to the Fort on Sunday afternoon to see the exhibits of the Brooke Gallery 1 day after its official launching. Saw a few visitors locals & tourists. Upon entering, the portrait of the 1st White Rajah welcome visitors. The fort has old narrow spiral staircases. Ladies, please wear pants if you are climbing the stairs.... More 

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BGallery, Manager at The Brooke Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback on your recent visit to Fort Margherita. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at the Brooke Gallery and look forward to welcoming you and your friends again in the future. Kind regards, Liza Sideni Gallery Manager More 

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