Thursday, 6 October 2016

Kompleks Muzium Negeri Terengganu

Terengganu State Museum

Terengganu State Museum Complex

Bukit Losong,
20566 Kuala Terengganu

(+609) 622 1444

Operating Hours

Saturday to Thursday : 0900 - 1700
Friday : 0900 - 1200, 1500 - 1700
Closed on first and second day of Eid Fitr & Eid Adha

Entrance Fee(s)
Adult : RM5
Children : RM2

Adult : RM15
Children : RM10

Note: I'm not too happy about the different pricing for locals vs foreigners but I like that the ticket is actually a postcard! Not the prettiest design but it's better than typical paper ticket stubs that will get thrown away.

Terengganu State Museum

As the name suggested, the museum is situated in a complex. It's big and you'll have to walk quite a bit to explore the whole place. The main building and its many galleries is big enough to tire you so come early, bring water and wear comfortable shoes.

Lockers are available near the entrance should you want to keep your valuables.

Terengganu State Museum

There is no correct way to explore the museum and the whole complex. Exhibits are all over the place and you might as well stop and see what ever you passed. There is a tram station near parking area but it wasn't operating on my visit. There is also an outdoor exhibition nearby, just opposite the Herb Garden. 

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After seeing the cars and plane, I walked past the pretty garden and up the magnificent stairs of the main building to find the ticket booth. 

There are several galleries and halls in the main building. Some of the halls will showcase different exhibition at different time. During my visit, it was a ceramic exhibition. The long-term galleries are:
  • Textile Gallery
  • Royal Gallery
  • Islamic Gallery
  • Craft Gallery
  • Petronas Gallery
  • History Gallery

then there are other galleries that are situated away from the main building like the Seafaring & Trade Gallery and the Fisheries and Marine Park Gallery. They should really install some drinks vending machines over at those galleries.

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Batu Bersurat Terengganu

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Guess what?

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Art Gallery (I think this is temporary exhibition) below Islamic Gallery

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Tram looking all pretty but unused

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Signage to Tengku Long's Palace, different type of traditional houses, galleries and jetty

Technically, you can take a boat to get here. But the jetty looked... abandoned. 

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One of the traditional houses in the complex
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Outdoor exhibition near the Fisheries & Marine Park Gallery

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Real life boat

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Real life boat 2

I was curious but scared to actually step on the boat. Not too confident with maintenance. Plus the boats were on land and I can't swim on land. There was no sign forbidding entry so if you're interested, board at your own risk!

Overall, I like the Terengganu State Museum. It is one of the better curated ones in Malaysia but it certainly could use a little more TLC. The complex already have all the infrastructures, the museum itself is a gorgeous architectural wonder, all they have to do is to take care of it.

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Natural History (?) Gallery closed for maintenance

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My best friend in the Seafaring Gallery

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View from jetty

To properly enjoy the museum complex, I suggest you come bright and early and plan to stay for half a day. Bring drinking water (a must!) or a picnic if you wish. Just make sure you dispose your trash properly.

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