Things to Do The Borneo Cultures Museum is an instantly recognisable Kuching landmark, with its distinctive design reminiscent of elements of Sarawak’s traditional crafts. The five-storey building has different themes to explore; those with kids will enjoy Level 2, for example, which is dedicated to children’s arts and crafts (with a sustainability angle); on other levels, you’ll find highlights around Sarawak’s main geographical regions, plus an extensive collection of artefacts from prehistory to modern times – including shrunken skulls from the infamous “headhunts” carried out by Borneo tribes in the past. Located in the historical Fort Margherita, and constructed in 1879 by the then Rajah of Sarawak, Brooke Gallery tells of the region’s colonial past, including the White Rajahs, whose dynasty was started by the English adventurer James Brooke, after he arrived on Sarawak’s shores in the 1830s. The gallery is modestly sized but presents some intimate artefacts from the Brooke family, including portraits, clothing and other personal items.

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