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Sarawak Museum    Kuching,

The Sarawak Museum was built in the 1890s and is the largest colonial structure in Kuching. The museum was Charles Brooke's brainchild and its most famous curator was Tom Harrisson. Harrisson discovered a 39,000-year-old skull in the Niah caves in 1957 that challenged the beliefs of the origin of the Southeast Asian man. Many of the artifacts that he collected are some of the museum's greatest pieces. The old wing contains the Ethnology Museum, which actually has exhibits ranging from natural history and geology, to archaeology and anthropology. Especially interesting is the section on customs of Borneo's tribal peoples featuring tattoos, piercings, and woodcarvings. You can climb around an authentic wooden Iban longhouse and a bamboo and rattan Penan hut. Nearby is a showcase of musical instruments used by various tribes including a copper gong, Iban drums, and a Kaya sape.

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