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.
The museum is open to the public for free at the following time;
There is a rich and fascinating display of old photographs and various artifacts about the early lifestyle of the Chinese Community in Sarawak and their involvement in the modern Sarawak.
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, Hokkien, Teochew, Hainanese, and Puxian Min traditional trading activities and their early settlement area.
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.