While you are here in Taiping, remember to drop by and learn more about the history of Perak by visiting Perak Museum. It is located just opposite Taiping Jail and is within the vicinity of Taiping Lake Gardens. If you are on your way or coming down from Bukit Larut, remember to spend one to two hours visiting this well maintained museum. The popular Taiping Zoo is also located about 10 minutes drive away from this museum.
Built in the year 1883, this museum is the oldest museum in Malaysia. The building itself will remind you of the British architecture concept of the Art Dico kind. Besides learning from the exhibits about the history of Perak, you will also be able to see many other collections such as old radio, bicycle, stuffed animals, skeletons of animals such as crocodiles, elephant skull and many other interesting animals of Malaysia.
The rare collections that you will see here include the more than 100-year-old animal species such as "Benturong" and "Pulasan". As of today, there are 5,074 cultural collections, 523 nature collections and 2,877 of miscellaneous items. These collections are categorized into four main galleries.
As the name implies, this gallery exhibits all kinds of animal, bird, fish and snail. The quality of the exhibits in the form of dioramas are still intact and many of the stuffed animals and their habitats can be clearly seen here.
This gallery shows the many types of handicrafts and weavings of the people of Malaysia. Some Of the interesting collections are the food cover (Tudung Salji in Bahasa Malaysia) which was popularly used in the olden days to prevent flies and other pests from contaminating the food. Pandan and mengkuang mats are other traditional weaving works that are still being produced in some of the villages and sold as souvenir especially in the east coast of Malaysia.
Indigeneous People Gallery
The indigenous people of Perak are the Negrito, the Senoi and the Proto-Malay tribes. Their handiworks that you can see over here are the making of clothes from wood pulp. Masks, musical instruments and other instruments that are used in their daily lives are elaborated in greater detail here.
Clay Works Gallery
Clay works artefacts that dated back to a century ago include the vases, water containers and other utentils that were used in the olden days.
Operation Hours and Fees
The museum is open daily including public holidays except during First Day of Hari Raya Aidil Fitri and First Day of Hari Raya Adha. See the Malaysia Calendar 2008 for details of the public in Malaysia.
Saturdays to Thursdays: 9am to 5pm
Fridays: 9am to 12.15pm, 2.45pm to 5.00pm
Admission is free of charge.
If you are driving from Kuala Lumpur, head for PLUS North South Expressway and exit at Kamunting Toll Plaza. From here, go straight along Jalan Kamunting Lama and look for the signage in brown colour. You will not lose your way as there are many signages that directs you to this museum.
If you are coming from the Penang, exit at Changkat Jering Toll Plaza and turn right at the traffic light. Go straight along Jalan Taming Sari and follow the signages.
The address and contact of the museum:
Jalan Taming Sari
Tel : +6 05 807 2057