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The Brooke Gallery

| at Fort Margherita, Kuching, Malaysia
+60 16-310 1880
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A Great Half day trip

Managed to squeeze this place in to a short morning trip. The gallery is very well maintained... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jin-Zhi L
via mobile
Interesting and informative

Cross the river to the other side and take a walk a short walk up the hill. The museum is small but... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Open from 24th September 2016, the 175th anniversary of the founding of the State of Sarawak, the Brooke Gallery tells the story of one of the most remarkable kingdoms in history: Sarawak and its 'White Rajahs'. In the 1830s Sarawak, a province of the once-mighty Sultanate of Brunei in north-west Borneo, was ravaged by piratical raiding and rebellion against Brunei rule. Inspired by stories of its natural wonders and diverse indigenous cultures, a bold English adventurer, James Brooke, arrived on its shores in his yacht, Royalist, in August 1839. He was to forge a unique bond with its peoples and together they built the foundations of today's Sarawak. The displays focus on the people, places and events that have shaped the state. They take us on a journey through a century of 'White Rajah' rule that began in September 1841, was shattered by the Japanese invasion of December 1941 and ended in July 1946 with Sarawak's annexation as a British Crown Colony. The subsequent move towards political independence culminated in Sarawak's part in forming the Federation of Malaysia in September 1963.
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:45
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
| at Fort Margherita, Kuching, Malaysia
+60 16-310 1880
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Managed to squeeze this place in to a short morning trip. The gallery is very well maintained, definitely worth going although the walk there can be abit tricky. To get to the gallery, you can take the boat across the river where they famous kuih...More

1  Thank Jin-Zhi L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cross the river to the other side and take a walk a short walk up the hill. The museum is small but with informative and fascinating tales of the White Rajah. Interesting and worth a visit.

1  Thank nellielim
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting museum in historic Fort Margherita. Discover for yourself the strange tale of the White Rajahs of Sarawak, while taking in the atmosphere of one of Kuching's oldest buildings. A boat across the river should cost less than RM1 each way, then just walk up...More

1  Thank Ejidy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For anyone British, this is a fascinating place to spend an hour or so. The story of the white Rajahs of Sarawak is not widely known in the UK (at least for my generation) and the museum recounts the period very well, although clearly from...More

1  Thank EJYork
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Catch the ferry over to the other side of the river and make the small climb up to the historical building for a good chronology of the history of Sarawak. There is a fee, unlike most of the other museums, but it is very eductational...More

1  Thank Peter B
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Excellent modern museum which chronicles the White Rajah of Sarawak. We learned a lot which was helpful as we visited places around Sarawak. The people working at the desk are also very helpful and friendly!

1  Thank VagabondGirl08
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Going to this museum we didn't really expect much. What a surprise. This museum is really a must when you want to learn more about the history of Sarawak. History comes alive.

1  Thank SandraAtje66
Reviewed 16 August 2017

An excellent informative museum highlighting the White Rajas of Sarawak. A cafe and guide book are in the planning stage, both of which will be a bonus. The staff were helpful and you can take photos of the items on display. Head up to the...More

1  Thank Helengray17
Reviewed 7 August 2017

We visited the Fort on Monday morning and guess what.. it was just the 2 of us. Well.. to get to the fort you have to take a sampan boat from the waterfront. The normal fee is 50 cents, if you look like a tourist...More

2  Thank Kakamal
Reviewed 27 July 2017

I have visited this recently renovated museum a couple of times and each occasion brought new information. I particularly like the old-time winding staircase that goes from the ground floor to the top viewing platform. And once there, you get an amazing view of the...More

1  Thank AnnArmstrogn
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21 July 2017|
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Response from Joyce L | Reviewed this property |
Take the sampan to the jetty. Walk up the stairs, around the abandon school and through the grounds. About 8 mins from jetty to the fort.
1 March 2017|
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Response from BGallery | Property representative |
Hello, Thanks for your message and for your interest in Fort Margherita! It will depend on the ages of your group, and whether you would like us to arrange any special activities. If you can send us an email or give us a... More