Sarawak Islamic Heritage Museum

The Islamic Heritage Museum was declared open by the Right Honorable Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr.) Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud, the Chief Minister of Sarawak on the 22nd May 1992. Initially built as a school, it was known as James Brooke Malay College.
Later known as Madrasah Melayu Sarawak in 1930, the building was specially used as a college to train more teachers in higher Malay studies "to help the Malay to help himself by fitting him to take an active and useful part in the life of his own community" (Sarawak Gazette, March 2nd, 1931). The mission schools at that time were doing excellent work on English while there was a lack of qualified Malay teachers.
The building has a raised floor and is rectangular in plan with three annexes enclosing two inner courtyards. The architecture of the building is unique and it is said to be the only one of its kind in the State. It is mostly made of concrete and timber while the roof is of bricks.
The primary objectives in setting up this museum is to present to the people of Sarawak as well as to visitors the splendor and the beauty of Islamic Civilization. In other words, with the establishment of this museum it is hoped that the public will have greater appreciation and understanding on the contribution of Islam to human civilization.
This Museum consists of seven galleries. Each of the galleries displays items that are related to a particular discipline as the following;

The building was built on 1930 and was known as Madrasah Melayu Sarawak. This historical building is located at P.Ramlee Road and previously was used specifically to train more teachers in higher-level Malay education.

On 22 May 1992, the building was announced as the Sarawak Islamic Heritage Museum and was officiated by Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr.) Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud. This museum consists of seven galleries which are Islamic History in Sarawak Gallery, Islamic Architecture Gallery, Science and Technology, Economy, Education and Literature Gallery, Costumes, Music and Personal Belongings Gallery, Weaponry Gallery, Decorative Arts and Domestic Tools Gallery and Al-Quran Collection Gallery.

This Museum consists of seven galleries. Each of the galleries displays items that are related to a particular discipline as the following;


First Gallery History of Islam in Sarawak
Second Gallery Islamic Architecture
Third Gallery Science, Technology, Economics, Education and Literature
Fourth Gallery Music Costumes and Personal Ornaments
Fifth Gallery Weaponry
Sixth Gallery Decorative Arts and Domestic Utensils
Seventh Gallery The Holy Quran Collection



Opening Hours

Monday to Friday

9:00 am - 4:45 pm


Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays

10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Chinese New Year (22 January 2023)

Eid al-Fitr (22 April 2023)

Labour Day (01 May 2023)

Harvest Day (01 June 2023)

Malaysian independence Day (31 August 2023)

Birthday TYT of Sarawak  (14 October 2023)

Christmas Day (25 December 2023)








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Last Updated On 21 Sep 2023

Operating Hours (Main Office)

Monday - Thursday
8.00am to 1.00pm & 2.00pm to 5.00pm

8.00am to 11.45pm & 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Saturday, Sunday, Public Holiday
Counter Closed