Friday, April 18, 2014

FSO: Museum in Sarawak and Auckland

When you have walked in the humid and hot Kuching town, the air conditioned building of the Sarawak Museum is a heavenly place to be in even if you are not into culture and artifacts. But once, inside, you won't regret going in.

The Sarawak State Museum is the oldest museum in Borneo. It was established in 1888 and opened in 1891 in a purpose-built building in Kuching, Sarawak. Sponsored by Charles Brooke, the second White Rajah of Sarawak, the establishment of the museum was strongly encouraged by Alfred Russel Wallace. It was modeled on a town hall in Normandy.

It is eye opening to see models of the habitats of different people and animals. I was always awed by the giant whale bones. When you climbed into a replica of a long house, you are feel with reverence for the darken smoked skulls hanging up the roofs. You see, One of the inhabitants of Borneo were head hunters.

Auckland Museum


Jama said...

The architecture of the Sarawak museum is quiet similar to our National museum,a leftover from the colonial era in Asia.

GingerV said...

Loved the dialog. Museums like this are my favorite. Enjoyed my visit

Pauline said...

I love the Auckland Museum building, it really is very grand, isn't it?
Must visit there again some time soon.