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The main aim of the Sabah Museum is to collect, preserve, conserve, document, exhibit and interpret material evidence and associated information on culture, history and natural history that are important elements in Sabah's heritage.
It is intended to create a well-informed and culture-caring society. A collection bequeathed to the State Government by Mr. G.C. Woolley, a Chartered Company administrator who died in 1947 at Jesselton (now Kota Kinabalu), formed the nucleus of the foundation collection. The museum's ceramic collection is reputed to be the largest and the finest in Southeast Asia.

A Brassuare exhibit
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The Sabah Museum is unique as it is the first museum to have its own modern complex, Heritage Village, Ethnobotanical Gardens and Zoological Gardens all blended in one area. The present day museum was inaugurated on 15th July 1965, and at that time it was located in a rented shophouse at Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu. Its history dates back to 1886, the earliest existence of a museum in Sabah.

The Sabah Museum Complex, located on Bukit Istana Lama overlooking the State Mosque, Sutera Harbour and the South China Sea, is open to the public. The magnificent Complex comprises three buildings. The main building, designed after a traditional Rungus longhouse, houses the Ethnography, Natural History, Ceramics, History and Archaeology Galleries. The Science and Technology Centre houses the Sabah Art Gallery, an exhibition on oil and gas production, and an exhibition on broadcasting technology.

A fire chinese jar on exhibit
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The conservation building which houses the museum's reserve collections is shaped after a traditional betel-nut container.

To foreign visitors, the Sabah Museum is a repertoire of Sabah's history and culture. The Museum is open six days a week from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on Monday to Thursday, and from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Art Gallery Sabah
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The galleries and the Heritage Village are closed on Fridays except when the Friday falls on a public holiday. Sabah Museum is approximately 10-minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu Town centre. Admission is free.

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