Limbang Regional Museum

Website : http://www.museum.sarawak.gov.my/page-0-129-100-Limbang-Regional-Museum.html
Entry Fee : Free
Google Maps Link : https://goo.gl/maps/VJNQPpgbMYs

After covering the museums in Labuan, I decided to take day trip to Limbang to visit its Regional Museum. It was a 2.5 hour ferry ride from Labuan, crossing Brunei Bay and upstreaming Limbang River, before reaching Limbang Port. The museum was 10 minutes walk from the port. 


Front view of Limbang Regional Museum

The building served as a fort during the rule of the third White Rajah, Charles Brooke, with the ground floor being used as a prison, and the upper floor used as a storage. It was later used for administrative purpose with several government departments occupying it until it was burnt down in 1989. In 1991, the building was rebuilt by following the original design.

Outside the museum entrance, there was a replica of a buffalo. Buffalo is the icon of Limbang. They hold a special significance to the Bisaya community, which is one of the local ethnic groups.

There are no exhibits on the ground floor. Visitors have to take the wooden staircase on the right side of the museum to get to the upper floor, where the exhibits are kept. Although the building is indeed rather large, but the actual exhibition area is one of the smallest that I have been to. There are only two main exhibits, the historical write-up of Limbang division and handicraft displays of the indigenous community that live there.

Buffalo structure outside the museum entrance

History
Limbang is one of the 12 divisions of Sarawak. It is the eastmost division that borders Sabah, and the Limbang town is sandwiched between two parts of Brunei and is the largest town in this division. Limbang is also the home to the highest peak in Sarawak that is Mount Murud, which is 2 423m. Limbang was once part of Brunei, before being handed over to the British-controlled Sarawak in stages, to solve an infighting within the territory. Brunei has been claiming the territory unsuccessfully until 2009, when they finally dropped the claim.

Handicrafts of Lun Bawang
The archaeological findings of 'Buaya Tanah', a crocodile-like structure made of earth, showed early settlement of the Lun Bawang community in Limbang. There were various handicrafts of Lun Bawang displayed in this museum.

Beaded necklace made by the Lun Bawang community

Beaded headwear made by the Lun Bawang community

There were plenty of other details about the lifestyle Limbang people and that was it. Although there were not much exhibits, the location of the museum is peaceful as it is surrounded by greenery and is right next to the Limbang River. There is a balcony on the upper floor where visitors can wait around for a while and admire the beauty of nature.

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