Report by; Mirza
Sabah Museum was officially opened at July 15 1965. The first curator was Mr E.J. Berwick. The museum’s foundation collections were by Mr G.C. Wolley. The official opening of the Sabah Museum, located at its present site was officiated by His Majesty the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong on April 11, 1984. The museum is located at Jalan Kebajikan off Jalan Penampang. The museum existed since 1886. The first place was in Sandakan in a room at the Sekretariat Chartered Company. In 1923, it was revived but destroyed during World War 2. The collections were mostly gone. The founder of the museum was Mr E.J.H. Berwick. The museum covers 16.2 hectares of land at the Bukit Istana Lama (Old Palace Hill) at Jalan Penampang. It was officially opened by Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Bittah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Abu Bakar Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mu’adzam Shah. Which was stated on the fourth line.
The museum’s mission is to collect,conserve, and keep etnografi documents, archeology, history, numismatics, art-history, botany, zoology and mineralogy collections from the whole State to conduct research about the importance to know the history of Sabah, culture and art-history.
The State Museum itself have a lot of galleries. That includes a “Kampung Warisan” which is a Heritage Village, Etnobotanical Garden, Conservation Building, Science and Technology Center Building, Zoo,Islamic Civilization Building and the Main Building.
We should conserve historical buildings and monuments such as this Museum because it is a reminder of a city’s culture and complexity. It also attracts people and tourists. On the other hand, it could increase the income of the building.
You can see the main entrance of the Museum and my group members.
Historical buildings should also be conserved because it is important to us that we should know a lot more about history. Tourists can learn a thing or two about history of the visited building or monument. Although history is probably not the favoured subject or topic by most students or others, it is really important because by studying history, we can learn something from the past like not making the same mistake twice. That includes my report although it sounds weird.