Kuching landmark undergoes restoration

KUCHING, 9 October 2017: Kuching’s Sarawak State Museum, Borneo’s oldest museum will be closed 23 October for a major restoration.

One of the city’s most popular tourists attractions and a must-see to gain an overview of the city’s colourful history will undergo a major restoration that will take at least two and half years.

The closure notice was issued by the office of the Chief Minister, Datuk Pattinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Kuching’s Sarawak Museum.

According to the information from the Ministry, the museum will initially be closed for a period of two and half years, with a reopening date set for the second quarter of Q2, 2020, according to an Asian Trails update to clients and travellers.

Details of the restoration and opening date schedule will released later, the notice read.

However, the work is extensive according to local media reports and involves a total restoration of the building structure and an upgrade of the exhibition space itself.

Built in 1891 by the White Rajah, Charles Brooke, the building was later turned into the state’s main museum.

Asian Trails said the closure would require changes to Kuching city tours and  customised tours of Sarawak that include the Sarawak State Museum. Alternative tour options have developed by tour firms.

(Source: Asian Trails)