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Museum & Gallery

Darul Ridzuan Museum

Situated at Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab the Darul Ridzuan Museum is the only museum in the city of Ipoh. Built some 80 years ago by rich tin miner, it now houses an interesting collection of historical artifacts on tin mining, nature history and the city of ipoh. Visitors to the museum can also explore an underground air shelter within its premises which was built by the owner raid prior during World War II.

Perak Museum(Taiping)

This museum is the oldest museum in Peninsular Malaysia. It is located in the town of Taiping, about 85 km from Ipoh, the capital of Perak. It is also near the Taiping Jail and about 3 km from town. Most of the museum’s earlier collections are ethnological and anthropological items. Geological, botanical and enthamobological collections make up additonal specimens. To date, the total of accumulated collections is 8,474 , consisting of 5,074 cultural collections, 523 nature collections and 2,877 miscellaneous collections, including archaeological items. The Perak Museum is rich in ethnological, historical, archaeological and ethamobological collections. Some of them are classified as rare collections over a hundred years old such as animal species like the "benturong" and "pulasan", skeletons and scores of animal skeletons and smoked clay which are either extinct or extremely hard to find. Most of these collections and artifacts are displayed in the museum’s four main galleries housed in an almost 120-year old building. It was built in 1883 and maintains an ancient British architectural concept of the Art Dico kind.


Geology Museum

The Geological Museum in Ipoh, Perak was first established in 1957. Construction work on the museum initiated inJuly 1955 when Raja Idris Shah Ibni al Marhum Sultan Iskandar Shah, the Raja Muda of Perak officially laid the foundation stone of the building. The Museum building forms part of the Minerals and Geoscience Department Complex in Ipoh. Under the 9th Malaysia Plan, the Geological Museum was extensively renovated and upgraded to increase the exhibition space and collection of exhibits in the Museum.The Geological Museum plays and an important role as a centre for education and learning of geology and geoscience in the country.

Pasir Salak Historical Complex

Located about 70km from Ipoh, the Pasir Salak Historical Complex pays tribute to warriors such as Dato' Sagor and Dato' Maharaja Lela. There are memorials erected in their honour, in the shape of a sundang (broad sword), a replica of the type of knife used in the killing of Mr. Birch.The complex pays tribute to warriors such as Dato' Sagor and Dato' Maharaja Lela, who led the locals against the forces of the British colonial administration.
This is the place where the flames of Malay nationalism had first stirred. When the then British Resident of Perak, J.W.W. Birch was assassinated on the bank of Sungai Perak (Perak River), tension between the British colonial administration and the Malays rose. It escalated into open conflict which eventually led to the country's declaration of independence.
Other attractions at the complex include the J.W.W. Birch Monument, the grave of Sipuntum (the alleged assassin), Datuk Maharaja Lela's fort, the Lela Rentaka cannons used against the British colonial army, and two Rumah Kutai (Perak traditional house) filled with local historical and cultural artefacts.

Ngah Ibrahim Museum

Ngah Ibrahim was a prominent figure and strong resistance fighter against the British colonials. The physical legacy of Ngah Ibrahim is his fort, built in 1854 on two acres of land, in Matang, about 8km from Taiping town.

Within the fort's compound were his official residence and a tin ore store. The fort was by far the strongest Malay fort ever been built in Perak. However, the fort was taken over by the British soon after Ngah Ibrahim's downfall.

Over the years, it has been used for various purposes, among them as the court for the prosecution of Dato' Maharaja Lela and Dato' Sagor charged with the killing of Perak first British Resident, J.W.W. Birch. The duo was found guilty and was hanged to death in front of the house on January 21, 1877.

Royal Perak Museum

Previously named the Istana Kenangan, the Perak Royal Museum is a tribute to traditional building methods in Perak and was built entirely of precious woods, without the use of either nails or plans.
An architectural masterpiece and cultural treasure, the structure is gaily painted in white, yellow and black, the colours of the Malaysian national flag, and its interior walls are decorated with inlaid bamboo geometric motifs.

Opening Hours : 10.00am – 5.00pm
Admission Fee : Free
Tell : 05-776 5500