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“Highly recommended”
Review of Sabah State Museum

Sabah State Museum
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US$52.55*
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Kota Kinabalu Half-Day City Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 10 May 2014

If you want to learn local Sabah culture, this is probably the best place to go. The indoor part of the museum is nether large nor fancy, but does contain losts of local and historic info if you are patient enough to go through it.

Most visitors missed the Heritage Village which contains many local "Long houses". The overall setting is quite and beautiful. You will learn a lot about the local culture here, than the commercail tourist trap such as Mari Mari cultural village.

Thank nanoDelaware
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

entrance fee is RM2 for Malasian and RM15 for foreigner. No photo allowed and it is good to have a visit for historical and cultural knowledge.

Thank Sim Yin W
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Good for an hour or so but the information that was presented was quite dry although useful for an introduction to the ethnic groups of Sabah. Best bit was wandering around the heritage village and also laughing at the dodgy taxidermy!

Thank stufnotstub
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Good value for money and a welcome contrast to being outside in the heat.
It was useful for contextualising SAbah 's history, the indigenous creatures and the the variety of tribes.

Thank WhackyWoods
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

We were backpacking and decided to have a short side trip to Kota Kinabalu before heading to Singapore. We only had about 4 hours before our next flight so we dicided to take a cab to go to the Sabah Museum. For some unknown reason taxi drivers of Malaysia (even in Kuala Lumpur) refuse to turn on the meter of the taxi so you need a lot of patience for haggling. We ended up paying RM15, but it turned out to be very near the backpacker hotel which we stayed at. It was early in the morning and we could have just walked, had we known...sad! The Musem has an Admission fee of RM15, and they open at 9AM.

Inside was a typical museum, featuring relics and records of history, etc., but the facility itself was not at all modernized and quite dark. Unfortunately, cameras are not allowed inside so I couldn't show you how it looked like.

What I appreciated more was the Heritage Village, which was outside the main museum. It's a park, and you sort of need to hike to get to the main village, where you see a hanging bridge and old village houses.

Overall, it wouldn't take you much time to check out the main museum (maybe around 30 mins is enough), but I would rather spend more time exploring the heritage village (you need to wear comfortable shoes though).

Thank ashi3d
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