Perak Museum, Taiping


The Perak Museum is a public museum located at the junction of Jalan Muzium (Museum Road) and Jalan Taming Sari (Main Road) in Taiping, Perak, Malaysia .

The old day train displayed at Taiping Museum
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The bronze statue of Colonel Robert Sandilands Frowd Walker(1850-1917). He has contributed much to Perak, especially Taiping, in his capacity as police chief in public service , and his contribution to sport and local community. He is the founder of Lake Garden, Perak Club(Old Club),New Club(past President), the Esplanade, Perak Turf Club, Perak Cricket Club, the first football team etc. But sad to say, the road named after him in Taiping, was renamed Jalan Temenggong, and only Jalan Walker in Pokok Assam remained named after him.This did not give credit to a historical figure who has given his best to Taiping and well liked by local people. He died in office during the great war(WW1) in 1917, as the commandant of Alexander Palace POW Camp in London.

The Taiping Heritage Trail or Jejak Warisan Taiping was launched on April 10th 2015. The Taiping Heritage Trail is to recognize the historical heritage of the town of Taiping through Taiping’s 33 First .

Tickets are priced at RM2.00 for adults. It can be purchased at the ticket counter.Free admission for children below 12 years old and children in school uniforms .

The Nature Gallery exhibits all kinds of animal, bird, fish, snail and herberium species, all of which are housed in unique exhibition cases aged over a hundred years old. They are also placed in various kinds of dioramas which records a British-style presentation method while retaining a wild habitat environment that is both interesting and full of great ecstatic elements. The Cultural Gallery displays collections and artifacts from various types of handiworks, handicrafts and weavings of the Malaysian people, especially from Perak, such as a unique weaving made by the Sultan of Perak’s mother. Weavings of the "tudung saji" (food cover), "tikar pandan dan mengkuang" (pandan and mengkuang mats) as well as baskets reflect the artistic finesse in these handiworks. They are also unique, fascinating and full of ecstatic values that are increasingly hard to find this decade. The Clay and Indigenous People Gallery is an abundant source of collections and artifacts. Perak is one of the states which is home to a lot of indigenous people from the Proto Malay, Senoi and Negrito tribes. The Indigenous People Gallery in this museum is a window to displaying the great handiwoking skills of the aforementioned tribes. Of note is their astonishing display of creating clothes from wood pulp, their traditional musical instruments as well as their great sculptures and crafting arts such as mannequins and masks, adaptated countless times in medical and magickal ceremonies. Clay works displayed by the museum are traditional industrial products such as "labu", "geluk", "belanga", "pasu bucung", "buyung", "kukusan" and "perasapan" all of which are well over 100 years old. The museum also organizes moving exhibitions, especially to schools around the Taiping township and nearby towns, usually upon request by schools who are interested. Among presented topics are Glorious Taiping and The Perak Sultanage.

The Perak Museum in Taiping is the first and oldest museum in Malaysia. It was founded in 1883 by Sir Hugh Low, the fourth British Resident of Perak (1877 to 1889). It owes its establishment to the fund-raising efforts of Sir Hugh Low and Sir Frank Swettenham, Resident of Perak from 1889–1895, Resident-General of the Federated Malay States (now Malaysia) in 1896–1901, and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Straits Settlements 1901–1904 .

Perak Museum
Jalan Muzium, 34000 Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Opens daily from 9.00 am - 6.00 pm. Closed only on Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidil Adha.
Tel: 05-807 2057
Fee RM2.00 for adults and Free admission for children below 12 years old and children in school uniforms .


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