Welcome to Sarawak’s  Chinese History Museum.

The Chinese History Museum which is located at Kuching Waterfront is one of the historical landmarks in Kuching, with an interesting display of the community history.



The building itself which were built in 1912 was used as courthouse by the Chinese Community till 1921. And later housed the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and in 1993 the building was converted to the present Chinese History Museum.

Chinese History Museum, Kuching

The museum is open to the public for free at the following time;

  • Monday to Friday – 9.00am -4.45pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday – 10.00am – 400pm
  • It is closed during the 1st. Day of Main Public Holiday, TYT Birthday, Labour Day and Malaysia Day.

Chinese history musuem exhibit.

Chinese Migration Route to SarawakChinese Early Migration to Sarawak

There is a rich and fascinating display of old photographs and various artefacts about the early lifestyle of the Chinese Community in Sarawak and their involvement in the modern Sarawak.

Ceramic DisplayCeramis Display

Some of the display traces the history of the Chinese community in Sarawak. You can read about the earlier trade route took by the community and their initial migration from the various regions of China to Sarawak.

You can get an insight into the lifestyle of the early Chinese pioneer in Sarawak from the furniture, musical instrument and costumes on display at the museum. There are also information about the different Chinese groups;  Foochow, Hakka, Kokkien, Teochew, Hainanese and Puxian Min traditional trading activities and their early settlement area.

Chinese Musicial Instrument ExhibitMusical Instrument Exhibit

The Museum is not only a place of display but also as the first source of information if you would like to learn about the Sarawak Chinese history and their contribution to modern Sarawak. There are many readings and photos depicting Chinese life and culture during the early 19th century can still be viewed up to this day,

The display and the artefacts at the Museum enable you to acquire an in-depth historical knowledge relating to the origin of each Chinese dialect group, their respective traditional skills and cultural heritage, and progress achieved throughout the years.

Beside this Museum, you can also visit the Textile Museum at the Pavilion, the Sarawak Museum, the Nature Museum and also the Islamic Museum which are within walking distance of each other.

Accommodations near the Chinese History Museum.

There are various types of accommodation option around the museum; from deluxe hotels to lodging house to bed and breakfast. These hotels are within a walking distance to the museum.

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