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“Sabah Sate Museum”
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Sabah State Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
London, England, United Kingdom
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“Sabah Sate Museum”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

If all traveler what do they liked or disliked to go see Sabah State Museum. Get bus convenience per fee MYR1.00

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Lee H
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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“Good Overview”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

The musuem provided a good overview of the areas we visited while in Sabah and is worth a visit, although it is a bit run down.

Visited September 2013
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Wollongong, Australia
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“Killed a few hours”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

After an injury(before the holiday) altered our plans we now had a free day in KK. The museum is nothing spectacular(entry fee 20MYR each?) but the display of local clothing and tribal rituals were very interesting. The display of stone age tools was also worth a look. Due to my injury I didn't visit the Heritage Village (display of replica huts etc) as it was down a slope I couldn't manage but the kids liked it. We also skipped the Islamic Museum included in the price. We zipped through the science and technology building as we didn't really find anything that engaged us except the display of old train tickets. We got the taxi driver to bring us back to the hotel with detour to Signal Hill (nice view but partially obscured by high rise buildings). The visit served our purpose of filling in an afternoon and we always enjoy visiting the museums of the area we holiday in.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Donna M
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Hong Kong
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“Nice exhibition and hawker stand”
Reviewed 8 September 2013 via mobile

15 RM entrance fee only. Exhibition abt its history,ethnic origin, arts, animals. Love the outdoor heritage village, absolutely photogenic :-)!!! And i bought a leather bracelet at its hawker stand for just 5 RM. I think it looks better than my abercrombie bracelet haha

Visited September 2013
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Alor Setar, Malaysia
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“Where Sabah Began”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Every now and then, memories get eroded and forgotten with the arrival of industrialisation and modernisation. Sabah is a state which is expansively rich in both its historical grandeur and cultural magnificence, that to leave it behind without the recognition of how it all began would be a shame. The Sabah State Museum, located opposite the state's hospital is one such building that holds the truth as to how North Borneo began.

With a huge collection of ceramics, traditional costumes, excavation finds and the tropical animals that are home to the primary and secondary forests of Sabah, it has more to awe the visitors; thus serving its purpose to both entertain and educate. There's even a panel of notices and boards placed up in the atrium to commemorate and remember the state's sportsman ever since its beginning in the pre-independence area. With a massive bone structure of a whale planted onto the main entrance, it is quite a welcome indeed before you could even venture onto the other exhibits. Just behind the whale bone structure, there's a small but informative collection of the headhunter's story, the weapons used and a show tell on how these skulls were displayed in the village, as well as the homes of those who claimed ownership of those heads.

One of the sides of the atrium was closed for upgrading purposes and so are the higher floors where it has been sealed off for maintenance. But there are more to see as you explore around the external surroundings of the museum. Witness the old transportation vehicles on display on the sides of the main building before continuing on to the village heritage trail where various models of the local houses are built for visual education. It is indeed a thrill to be able to grab hold of such remarkably fascinating wonders of Sabah, and there's no place else where you can understand the exotic state more than its primary origins which are housed within the Sabah State Museum.

My advice for visitors to Sabah who are foreign to this place - take time off to visit the museum first to understand the basics before exploring further onto the various locations of the state. Also note - no photography allowed inside the museum.

Visited September 2013
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