Culture & Heritage Sabah State Museum

Where is it?

Sabah State Museum

Located on Jalan Bukit Istana Lama, Kota Kinabalu, it is 4km or about 15 minutes from KK city centre. The museum complex, built in 1985, is sited where the then British North Borneo Governor's Istana was once located. In the museum, it consists of the main building, Heritage Village, Science & Education Centre, Sabah Art Gallery and the Museum of Islamic Civilization.

In the museum, there are various galleries housing natural history, ethnography and archaeology items, ceramics, animals and other objects. Sabah's early trading links with its neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia and China and the state's cultural diversity is reflected in the ceramics, costumes and traditional weapons. Apart from that, there are also ritual paraphernalia, everyday tools and musical instruments on display.

You can walk to the heritage village that is a few steps away from the main building to experience different types of traditional houses of the various indigenous groups of Sabah. From the traditional Chinese house, Malay house right down to the traditional Kadazan house, you are bound to be mesmerized by their unique and distinct features. For the art buffs, do not forget to pay a visit to the Sabah Art Gallery. There are beautiful artworks on display featuring local artists and a few pieces of artworks by visiting artists. There is an important note that visitors to the museum should abide, photo-taking is not allowed while in the main building except on the outside the building.

The opening hours for the museum are 9am to 5pm daily with a chargeable entrance fee of RM2 for MyKad holders and RM15 for non-Malaysians.



Attraction Points

  • Cultural Houses
  • Historical Education
  • Fine Art Gallery
  • Artifacts