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The Sarawak Museum is very well-known in Kuching. Started in 1891, the building houses many displays native arts and crafts, as well as a collection of preserved wildlife specimens. You will find exhibits dedicated to the natural and cultural history of Sarawak here, from traditional musical instruments of ethnic tribes on the island to stuffed mounts of Southeastern Asian birds.
The Islamic Museum, a converted schoolhouse, opened recently to honor the country’s large Muslim population. The seven galleries display many artifacts from Islamic history, including period housewares and art, musical instruments and scientific writings. Another, the Chinese History Museum, pays tribute to the contributions made by the country’s large Chinese population over the history of their settlement on Sarawak.
Other museums of interest include the Cat’s Museum, with its numerous feline displays; The Textile Museum showcases the fabrics of the various ethnic groups of Sarawak. Niah Archaeology Museum, which exhibits prehistorical artifacts of the Niah Cave; and the regional museums of Limbang and Baram, which feature exhibits dedicated to the local tribes living in each place. there is also the Tun Jugah Iban Heritage Centre showcasing dazzling iban fabric, the ''pua'' and fascinating beadworks, the centre is at Tun Jugah Centre right opposite the former Holiday Inn, now called the Grand Margharita Hotel.Some of the most imposing buildings in Kuching can be found in Petra Jaya, a neighborhood of North Kuching. The Wisma Bapa, or state secretariat building for Sarawak, can be found here, as can the state mosque, Masjid Negeri. There is also a Chinese temple, the Tua Pek Kong temple, on Jalan Padungan worth seeing for its architecture and decoration.