Sarawak Islamic Heritage Museum


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

On 22nd May 1992, the building was announced as the Sarawak Islamic Heritage Museum and was officiated by Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud. 

This museum consists of seven galleries which are The Coming of Islam to the Malay Archipelago Gallery, The Islamic Architecture Gallery, Science Technology Economy and Literature Gallery, Music and Costumes Gallery, Weaponry Gallery, Decorative Arts and Domestic Utensils Gallery, and Al-Quran Corner Gallery. 



Opening Hours

Monday to Friday

9:00 am - 4:45 pm

Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays

10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Chinese New Year (10 February 2024)

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Labour Day (1 May 2024)

Harvest Day (1 June 2024)

Malaysian independence Day (31 August 2024)

Birthday TYT of Sarawak  (12 October 2024)

Christmas Day (25 December 2024)





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