Perak Museum

The Perak Museum is a public museum located in Taiping, Perak. It is the first and the oldest museum in Malaysia and highlights the history of Perak. It was founded in 1883 by Sir Hugh Low, the fourth British Resident of Perak. The museum’s building is a 120 year old building with the neo classical design. It has four galleries. Those galleries are The Nature Gallery, The Cultural Gallery, The Clay and Indigenous People Gallery.

Most of the museum’s earlier collections are ethnological and anthropological items. 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.

To date, the total of accumulated collections is 8,474, consisting of 5,074 cultural collections, 523 nature collections and 2,877 miscellaneous collections.

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Operating Hours

Daily: 9.00 a.m – 6.00 p.m


Adult: RM 2.00

Children: Free


Jalan Taming Sari, 34000 Taiping, Negeri Perak, Malaysia.

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Hear From Others

Taiping has many “firsts”. The first or oldest museum in Malaysia which is Perak Museum is also located here. Painted entirely white and built with a neo-classical influence, this museum building is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful heritage buildings in Taiping.


It isn’t huge but the Perak Museum was interesting and it is a Taiping place of interest worth checking out. It’s cheap and easy to get to (with a car or taxi anyway) as well.


Muzium Perak, otherwise known as the Perak Museum, was the first museum established in Malaysia in 1883. The museum displayed show Malaysia’s history, zoology, and geology, amongst many other parts of old history that have long been forgotten.


Nearby Attractions

Spritzer EcoPark

Spritzer EcoPark is a recreational park located along Jalan Air Kuning, Taiping. It was opened in 2015. The park is a community project by local water bottling giant Spritzer Bhd. with the idea of preserving the nation’s heritage in mind.

All Saints’ Taiping Heritage Church

All Saints’ Taiping Heritage Church is the first English Church in the Federated Malay States. It was built in 1887 and belongs to the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia. After more than a hundred years, the church still retains its original form and was awarded a National Heritage Site by the Malaysian Government.

Perak Royal Museum

Perak Royal Museum was originally a royal residence called Istana Kenangan in Kuala Kangsar, Perak. It was built in 1926 for Sultan Iskandar Shah by the Malay carpenter Enci Sepian from Bukit Mertajam. The palace was converted to the museum in 1986.

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