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Fisherman Museum Tanjung Balau    

  Kompleks Pelancongan, Tanjung Balau, 81930, Kota Tinggi, Johor | Visit Website |   012-972 6791
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Tanjung Balau Fishermen Museum, or Muzium Nelayan, is a spacious museum on the beachfront at Tanjung Balau in Kota Tinggi District of Johor.

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Tags: Picnic Beach Swimming Historical

What to Expect?

Also known as Muzium Nelayan Tanjung Balau, the museum exhibits various artifacts of fishermen equipment. It was opened in 1992 near the site of a former fishing village.

It is the only museum in Malaysia that displays the civilization of the traditional fishing community in Malaysia. It was opened to the public in July 1992 where it initially had only one main building and housed traditional fishing equipment as well as fishery history information in Malaysia.

In 2005, the museum was upgraded with the addition of 3 new galleries namely Geological Gallery, Desaru Ship Gallery and Marine Safety Gallery as well as the diorama section of the fishing village along with its traditional boats.

Exhibits include actual fishing boats and nets, boat models, dioramas, posters, films etc.

The museum is divided into a number of galleries:

- Fisherman’s Gallery looks at the traditional life of fishermen, such as the superstitions they followed to ensure a safe trip, the types of boats and rafts they used, their equipment such as nets, tackle and tools.

- Geology Gallery shows over 100 types of stones and rocks.

- Sea Gallery concerns navigation, communications and safety at sea.

- Desaru Shipwreck Gallery provides information on wrecks in the area including a junk which sank in the 1830s with a large cargo of Chinese blue and white porcelain and other items bound for Europe.

Outside the museum is the public beach area with a wide expanse of grass for playing ball games or having picnics. Kite flying is a popular activity on this beach.

There is also a souvenir shop for visitors to purchase some crafts and souvenirs as a token for their trip to the musuem.

Credits: Malaysian Traveller
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 Address:   Kompleks Pelancongan, Tanjung Balau, 81930, Kota Tinggi, Johor

Visit Website

012-972 6791

Weekdays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Weekends 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  Reviews 4.1   (428)
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    Mohamad Safwan Awesome

    a month ago

    I came during public holiday on 2pm. Not crowded at all.

    A lot if information here. The places were clean and smells nice. A lot of information can be learn. Have 4 section there.

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    YG Wong

    3 months ago

    A very good place for introducing the Nelayan and fishing cultures.
    You may enjoy aircond on the hot day.
    Reasonable ticket charges and 4 themes in the museum for you to explore.

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    Richard L

    6 months ago

    Tickets at RM10, good for learning the history of Fishermen's village. There are 4 galleries inside. Recommended to bring kids for education.

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    Tanusha Siva

    7 months ago

    There were few people who guided us. Nice experience, tickets for citizens is Rm 5 each. Washrooms were clean not bad.

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    Xiang Yan Pok

    9 months ago

    Recommended. Informative and well maintained. Very friendly and helpful staff. We arrived at 1530 which is an hour before the closing time. As an avid museum fan I was worried if I cannot finish my visit on time but the staff reassured me that we can take our time and not to worry about the closing time. Very impressed with his passion.

    Admission ticket is RM 5 per person. Parking available outside museum.

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