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Malaysia's oldest museum
The objective behind the setting
up of the museum is to establish
a repository of the rich
cultural heritage of Malaysia.
The Muzium Perak (Perak Museum)
is the oldest museum in the
Peninsula. The building was
completed in 1886, and
subsequent additions were made
In the early days, the pioneers
of museum work in what was then
Malaya gave greater emphasis to
the natural sciences, especially
flora and fauna that had
economic significance. It was
only much later that the museum
began to document the material
culture and the life of the
peoples of Malaysia.
There are three collections -
anthropology, zoology and local
history - with a total of over
The anthropological collections
include different types of
weapons, implements of
husbandry, ornaments, dresses,
household articles for daily
use, musical instruments,
symbols and requisites of
religions, marriage and death
ceremonies collected since the
opening of the museum.
There are four galleries.
Exhibits are mostly displayed in
showcases. Photographs and
charts are also utilised.
Temporary exhibitions on various
subjects are held periodically.
There are laboratory and
workshop facilities where minor
conservation work on specimens
is done. Major work is normally
sent to Muzium Negara, Kuala
Lumpur, its parent body.
The modest library contains
publications on anthropology,
archaeology, natural history and
Research scholars and students
are permitted to use the library
facilities. Guided tours in the
museum are extended to visitors
and students (in groups) on
The museum ceased publishing the
journal of the Federated Malay
States Museums when Muzium
Negara took over the publishing
of the Federation Museums
Journal (New Series) in 1954.
There has been no publications
9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
9.30 a.m - 12.00
and 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Closed : Hari Raya Puasa and Hari
How To Get There
The museum is located in Taiping,
approximately 85 km from lpoh,
the state capital of Perak. It
is situated opposite the Taiping
Prison about 3 km from the town
Jalan Taming Sari,