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Address: Jalan Kebajikan, Kota Kinabalu 88998, Malaysia
Phone Number:
6 088-253199
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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US$ 26.92*
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Kota Kinabalu Half-Day City Tour
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US$ 47.00*
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Half-Day, Small-Group Kota Kinabalu City Tour

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Big and interesting museum

We took one of the yellow busses for 1rmb from the city center. The entrance fee is 15 for tourists and 2 for locals (why the big difference?!). The museum is ineresting and well... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Ghent, Belgium
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Sydney, Australia
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144 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Three reasons we (2 x adults and 2 x older teens) chose to visit the museum 1) Concerned the zoo as a different option may be not meet humane treatment of animals standards (this was born out by fellow travellers we met later who did go there 2) In port for just some hours on cruise and museum close by... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took one of the yellow busses for 1rmb from the city center. The entrance fee is 15 for tourists and 2 for locals (why the big difference?!). The museum is ineresting and well maintained. If you buy the ticket, you have also acces to the islamic museum (less interesting to my oppinion) and the 2 sites of cultural village.... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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96 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This museum covered it all in Sabah's history. The exhibits were well laid out and had decent descriptions. The lighting could be improved though.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed walking round and exploring the outdoor areas with the variety of houses and buildings. Although there were explanations in English, a guide book would have been helpful. Also staff dressed in traditional costumes giving explanations at the various homes would have been more relevant instead of the small craft markets in some of the houses. The museum was well... More 

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Miri, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Learnt a lot about Sabah and the ethnic. We enjoyed ourselves and took some pictures. There's big whale's skeleton display in the museum. Recommended to those who has spare times to go.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My cousin and I almost missed out on this museum do to the bad reviews. After going we simply can not understand how anyone could not love this place! We learned so much about the traditional tribes and history of Sabah. Interesting exhibits and lots of heart. Of course if you are not interested in history or culture this is... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the museum with my partner. We found the exhibits poor and with little information. Cultural village outside was unkept and poorly maintained with some of the huts rotting. No info there either or sign posts

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't enjoy this at all. Mostly just pictures on the wall. And I didn't really notice anyone having a good time. Went as s shore excursion so lots of people there. And a lot we're just sitting outside waiting for the time to leave. They have a small gift shop which I felt was lacking also. And I love... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ticket bought include the visit to the historical parts of the transportation of Sabah, history of Sabah, the culture of Sabah (cultural village) and the theme of the main exhibition hall. Even though the cultural village is at the outdoor which has no air-conditioning as other parts of the museum, it definitely worth dropping by as one will be... More 

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penang,Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Always we miss the outdoors exhibition of various ethnic houses within the grounds. This time we made an effort to visit those. It is loads of fun clambering through these houses and experiencing the atmosphere and ambience. As well as trying out the various hands on exhibits. Like walking on stilts, using blow-pipe and so on. It is fare cheaper... More 

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