Rangkaian Khidmat Awam Negeri Sarawak
A MONTHLY SUPPLEMENT OF RAKAN SARAWAK BULLETIN

(People, events, activities and programmes which make for a total quality-managed Sarawak Civil Service)

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Sarawak Museum

Custodian of Sarawak's Heritage

The Sarawak Museum is a cultural pride of the State not only for its ethnographic collections and archaeological exhibits, but also for the global recognition that it has proudly created for the State. With all these cultural treasures, a person visiting the place and its premises will surely find something of interest. Needless to say, every visit promises a worthwhile experience.

"We will modernize further the administration system of our collection..." says En. Sanib Sunib, Director of Museum Department

From a humble beginning of just a gallery, Sarawak Museum now enjoys the status of an internationally recognised research institute with special reference to history, natural history, anthropology and archaeology. It is now regarded as a full-fledged department- Sarawak Museum Department. With a strength of about 70 staff , the department oversees seven museums throughout the State: Sarawak Museum (old building), Sarawak Museum (Dewan Tun Abdul Razak), the Islamic Museum, the Chinese History Museum, the Limbang Regional Museum, the Baram Regional Museum and the Niah Archaeology Museum.

Sarawak Museum is internationally recognized as a research institute

The Sarawak Museum Building was built in 1888 and was later renovated to its present form in 1911. It houses various exhibits in its two floors. The ground floor covers exhibits of mammals, invertebrates, reptiles, birds, insects, fish and shells, and also includes a petroleum gallery.

The top floor displays mostly ethnographic artefacts. There are models of traditional houses of the various ethnic groups in Sarawak, musical instruments, fish traps, handicrafts and woodcarvings, model boats and others.

With all these collections, it is no surprise that an average of 900,000 visitors per year visit the museum. "We expect to see more professionals (archaeologists, researchers, etc.) visiting Sarawak Museum and in anticipation , we will modernize further the administration system of our collection, put up a better catalogue system and will train more people in information management" says En. Sanib Sunib, Director of Museum Department.

The State Archives and Reference Library Section is open everyday, except on Fridays and public holidays

In line with their vision of becoming a custodian of Sarawak's heritage , there is an ongoing educational and cultural program for all. For the month of June, among the activities are exhibition on artefacts, International Museum Day, and public talk.

For details on these activities, those interested may contact the department at 082-244232 or e-mail: museum@po.jaring.my

Vision
To become a custodian of Sarawak's heritage with a high degree of technology, professionalism and dynamism by the year 2005 beginning from 1998

Mission
To cultivate professionalism and dynamism in our working culture by constantly striving to improve ourselves through quality programme and constant training

The ground floor covers exhibits of mammals, reptiles, birds and many others
 
 



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