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Perak Museum    

  Jalan Taming Sari, 34000, Taiping, Perak | Visit Website |   05-807 2057
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Built in 1883, Perak museum is the first and oldest museum in Malaysia. With over 8,400 collections on exhibition, this well maintained museum in Taiping tells the history of Perak, Malaysia, and Nature.

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What to Expect?

This museum is the oldest museum in Peninsular Malaysia. It is located in the town of Taiping, about 85 km from Ipoh, the capital of Perak. It is also near the Taiping Jail and about 3 km from town. If you are on your way or coming down from Bukit Larut, remember to spend one to two hours visiting this well maintained museum. The popular Taiping Zoo is also located about 10 minutes drive away from this museum.


Most of the museum’s earlier collections are ethnological and anthropological items. Geological, botanical and enthamobological collections make up additonal specimens. To date, the total of accumulated collections is 8,474 , consisting of 5,074 cultural collections, 523 nature collections and 2,877 miscellaneous collections, including archaeological items.

The Perak Museum is rich in ethnological, historical, archaeological and ethamobological collections. Some of them are classified as rare collections over a hundred years old such as animal species like the "benturong" and "pulasan", skeletons and scores of animal skeletons and smoked clay which are either extinct or extremely hard to find. Most of these collections and artifacts are displayed in the museum’s four main galleries housed in an almost 120-year old building. It was built in 1883 and maintains an ancient British architectural concept of the Art Dico kind.

Exhibitions continue outside with dugout canoes, fighter planes and antique trains (the kids will love it). There's plenty of English-language explanation, too.

The Nature Gallery exhibits all kinds of animal, bird, fish, snail and herberium species, all of which are housed in unique exhibition cases aged over a hundred years old. They are also placed in various kinds of dioramas which records a British-style presentation method while retaining a wild habitat environment that is both interesting and full of great ecstatic elements.

Most notably there are sections that display specimen of actual animals, and skeleton frame of various animals - with the elephant's frame being the key attraction.

The Cultural Gallery displays collections and artifacts from various types of handiworks, handicrafts and weavings of the Malaysian people, especially from Perak, such as a unique weaving made by the Sultan of Perak’s mother. They are also unique, fascinating and full of ecstatic values that are increasingly hard to find this decade.

The Clay and Indigenous People Gallery is an abundant source of collections and artifacts. Perak is one of the states which is home to a lot of indigenous people from the Proto Malay, Senoi and Negrito tribes. The Indigenous People Gallery in this museum is a window to displaying the great handiwoking skills of the aforementioned tribes.

Source: Official Website

The museum also organizes moving exhibitions, especially to schools around the Taiping township and nearby towns, usually upon request by schools who are interested. Among presented topics are Glorious Taiping and The Perak Sultanage.

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 Address:   Jalan Taming Sari, 34000, Taiping, Perak

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05-807 2057

Everyday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  Reviews 4.2   (2,009)
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    Vijaya Ratinam Ramah (Vijay)

    a month ago

    Quite well maintained premise with good information about Perak and Taiping. Hope more info could be provided (or a special corner) on Taiping being the first info. You will like if you are a museum lover.

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    Ms Yutha Home Tutoring

    a month ago

    Very cheap entry with many informative display. Spacious, air conditioned and clean. Can spend a good hour (or more) learning. Love the animal display. I didn't expect a high standard for a small town like this. Hope more people will make it a point to visit so they can keep this going.

    There's some antique cars and boat display outside. There's a small children's playground that seemed decent (apart from the broken swing)

    No full stars rating because there was a children's corner but nothing was there. And there wasn't any soap in the ladies toilet. The toilet also has be flushed "creatively ". I don't know why this seem to be a common thing with Malaysian spots.

    Adult : RM2
    Child : FREE

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    Suresh Subramaniam

    2 months ago

    Kids enjoyed to the max. especially all the Malaysia cultures. Animal bones and many more. Good place to visit beside Taiping was very nice place to relax.

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    Jesse Deol

    3 months ago

    Small museum but quite informative. Bilingual Malay and English displays. A wide range of wildlife, cultural and historical displays. 1 hour is enough to enjoy this museum across the street from Taiping Jail.

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    Mohd Idham Abu Bakar

    6 months ago

    very educational. suitable for kids and adults. souvenir shop have special edition coin selling at rm20 and rm30.

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