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The Brooke Gallery

| at Fort Margherita, Kuching, Malaysia
+60 16-310 1880
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Had a fantastic visit to the Fort. Nicely renovated building with an informative exhibition focused... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Maike N
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Excellent visit and very interesting

I was amazed that the fort itself was not bigger. This is, as far as I am concerned, a must to see... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Eric v
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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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| at Fort Margherita, Kuching, Malaysia
+60 16-310 1880
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a fantastic visit to the Fort. Nicely renovated building with an informative exhibition focused on the Brooke Family and their historic context. Helpful and friendly staff!

1  Thank Maike N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was amazed that the fort itself was not bigger. This is, as far as I am concerned, a must to see. I thoroughly enjoyed the museum and fort. The only thing I would have loved to see or hear are real stories of yesteryear....More

1  Thank Eric v
Reviewed 11 October 2017

The old fort has been restored and now has an interesting exhibition in place. There's an entry fee to the exhibition and it is very well curated and designed to bring visitors on a whirlwind tour from the 1500's to 1946 when Sarawak became a...More

2  Thank AdamsFBK
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

We thought we'd pop into fort magherita for a view across kuching. We ended up spending nearly two hours looking through this small, well presented, informative and interesting gallery. Very manageable - would really recommend, even for those (like me) who normally avoid museums!

1  Thank Anna H
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Normally , I´m not the museum-type , but this one really surprised me. In Fort Margherita , you will find some items , some pictures , and a lot of text. If you take the time to read yourself through everything , you - or...More

2  Thank Ariane H
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Managed to squeeze this place in to a short morning trip. The gallery is very well maintained, definitely worth going although the walk there can be abit tricky. To get to the gallery, you can take the boat across the river where they famous kuih...More

3  Thank Jin-Zhi L
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Cross the river to the other side and take a walk a short walk up the hill. The museum is small but with informative and fascinating tales of the White Rajah. Interesting and worth a visit.

1  Thank nellielim
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Interesting museum in historic Fort Margherita. Discover for yourself the strange tale of the White Rajahs of Sarawak, while taking in the atmosphere of one of Kuching's oldest buildings. A boat across the river should cost less than RM1 each way, then just walk up...More

1  Thank Ejidy
Reviewed 21 August 2017

For anyone British, this is a fascinating place to spend an hour or so. The story of the white Rajahs of Sarawak is not widely known in the UK (at least for my generation) and the museum recounts the period very well, although clearly from...More

2  Thank EJYork
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Catch the ferry over to the other side of the river and make the small climb up to the historical building for a good chronology of the history of Sarawak. There is a fee, unlike most of the other museums, but it is very eductational...More

1  Thank Peter B
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Marie E
6 November 2017|
Response from BGallery | Property representative |
Dear Sir/Madam Greetings from the Brooke Gallery, Fort Margherita, Kuching. Thank you for the email & thank you for your school's interests in visiting us at The Brooke Gallery. For your kind information, our entrance... More
21 July 2017|
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Response from Joyce L | Reviewed this property |
Take the sampan to the jetty. Walk up the stairs, around the abandon school and through the grounds. About 8 mins from jetty to the fort.
1 March 2017|
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Response from BGallery | Property representative |
Hello, Thanks for your message and for your interest in Fort Margherita! It will depend on the ages of your group, and whether you would like us to arrange any special activities. If you can send us an email or give us a... More