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Address: | at Fort Margherita, Kuching, Malaysia
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+60 16-310 1880
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09:00 - 16:45
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:45
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Open from 24th September 2016, the 175th anniversary of the founding of the...

Open from 24th September 2016, the 175th anniversary of the founding of the State of Sarawak, the Brooke Gallery tells the story of one of the most remarkable kingdoms in history: Sarawak and its 'White Rajahs'. In the 1830s Sarawak, a province of the once-mighty Sultanate of Brunei in north-west Borneo, was ravaged by piratical raiding and rebellion against Brunei rule. Inspired by stories of its natural wonders and diverse indigenous cultures, a bold English adventurer, James Brooke, arrived on its shores in his yacht, Royalist, in August 1839. He was to forge a unique bond with its peoples and together they built the foundations of today's Sarawak. The displays focus on the people, places and events that have shaped the state. They take us on a journey through a century of 'White Rajah' rule that began in September 1841, was shattered by the Japanese invasion of December 1941 and ended in July 1946 with Sarawak's annexation as a British Crown Colony. The subsequent move towards political independence culminated in Sarawak's part in forming the Federation of Malaysia in September 1963.

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A bit expensive but worth to go

Ticket a bit expensive, RM5 or RM10 for local, RM20 for foreigner. However it is really good to know about the 1st white Raja story, British man became the 1st white man king in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mimosa017
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ticket Price: For locals (Malaysians): Adult - RM10 Child (aged 7-12) - RM5 For foreigners: Adult - RM20 Child (aged 7-12) - RM10 Free for children under 7 years old. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The ticket is expensive as you can see, considering that Sarawak museum is free of charge. Moreover, this Brooke Gallery is much smaller than Sarawak museum, it only has... More 

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BGallery, Manager at The Brooke Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to submit your feedback on your recent visit to the Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita. We are sorry that you felt the entrance fee was prohibitively expensive for you. However, it may be helpful to know that the Sarawak Museum is a State funded institution, while the Brooke Gallery is a non-profit... More 

Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ticket a bit expensive, RM5 or RM10 for local, RM20 for foreigner. However it is really good to know about the 1st white Raja story, British man became the 1st white man king in Sarawak.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We crossed the river and walked up to the fort on a super hot day but it was really worth it. As the name suggests it focuses on the Brooke white rajahs. Paintings, exhibits, posters etc in the old fort. No coffee shop or facilities here so carry water.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating overview of the white Rajah dynasty (benevolent despotism was how the exhibition described it), in beautifully restored fort. Get the sampan over and make your way up to it. Not obviously marked out, but not too tricky to find either.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to give a background to the family and era. Thanks to staff who allowed a small group to visit after closing hours. Most appreciated.

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Kuching
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The night tour was a very unique experience. We took the sampan over and walked through a local area. The fort was lited up beautifully. However the only thing was that it was way too warm inside for 25 of us. The windows were not open I believe. Also the holding rooms were used as a store which was not... More 

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BGallery, Manager at The Brooke Gallery, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to submit feedback on your special event at the Brooke Gallery. 'Earth Hour 2017' was our first evening event, and we hope to run more in the future. We are glad you enjoyed the tour and the atmosphere of the Fort lit up at night. We are sorry to hear that you found the... More 

Brunei-Muara District, Brunei Darussalam
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The gallery was a great place to learn and see a building as old as 1880. The boys loved the prison cell but was a bit scared about a door with a picture of a skull located on one of the walls in the courtyard filled with cannons. It also had a narrow spiral staircase to the second floor and... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Great place to visit to learn about the forming of Sarawak and development of Kuching. A lot of information in a fascinating building. Lovely grounds surrounding it.

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BGallery, Manager at The Brooke Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to submit your positive feedback on your recent visit to Fort Margherita! It is very much appreciated. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at the Brooke Gallery and you learned a lot about the formation of Sarawak and development of Kuching. We look forward to welcoming you again to the Brooke Gallery... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

the fort is small but beautyfully restored. a great history of the white rajas. A boat ride is about 1 ringgit and the museum entrance is 20 ringgit. pick a cool day, the museum can be warm.

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BGallery, Manager at The Brooke Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to submit your positive feedback on your recent visit to Fort Margherita! It is very much appreciated. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at the Brooke Gallery and that you found the exhibition interesting. We look forward to welcoming you again to the Brooke Gallery in the future. Kind regards, Liza Sideni More 

Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

The gallery is interestingm set in an old pictureque fort. it is worth to come just for a splendid views and for some nice walks in the sourounding park. It is a bit tricky to find the way from the river bank. We tried to continue walking to the orhid gardens but we couldnt find the way...

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BGallery, Manager at The Brooke Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to submit your positive feedback on your recent visit to Fort Margherita! It is very much appreciated. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at the Brooke Gallery and that you found the exhibition interesting. We hope to improve the signage and walkways in the very near future and hope that on your... More 

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