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The Brooke Gallery

| at Fort Margherita, Kuching, Malaysia
+60 16-310 1880
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A spiraling journey back into the past!

Definitely a must-go place when you're in Kuching! The Brooke Gallery is inside a building named... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Puchong, Malaysia
The building is more interesting than the exhibition

As the title suggests, the building itself is more interesting than the exhibition within. It's... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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Open from 24th September 2016, the 175th anniversary of the founding of the State of Sarawak, the Brooke Gallery tells the story of one of the most remarkable kingdoms in history: Sarawak and its 'White Rajahs'. In the 1830s Sarawak, a province of the once-mighty Sultanate of Brunei in north-west Borneo, was ravaged by piratical raiding and rebellion against Brunei rule. Inspired by stories of its natural wonders and diverse indigenous cultures, a bold English adventurer, James Brooke, arrived on its shores in his yacht, Royalist, in August 1839. He was to forge a unique bond with its peoples and together they built the foundations of today's Sarawak. The displays focus on the people, places and events that have shaped the state. They take us on a journey through a century of 'White Rajah' rule that began in September 1841, was shattered by the Japanese invasion of December 1941 and ended in July 1946 with Sarawak's annexation as a British Crown Colony. The subsequent move towards political independence culminated in Sarawak's part in forming the Federation of Malaysia in September 1963.
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| at Fort Margherita, Kuching, Malaysia
+60 16-310 1880
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Definitely a must-go place when you're in Kuching! The Brooke Gallery is inside a building named Fort Margherita which is quite a distance if on foot as we walk past through a residential area into a wide field filled with greenery. The entrance fee is...More

Thank melyssaxx_
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As the title suggests, the building itself is more interesting than the exhibition within. It's nice to walk around the grounds and snap a few photos.

Thank esquire84
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Didn't manage to go in because I arrived after visiting hours. however, even from the outside, you can actually notice that this place really does holds some significance for our country's history and culture.

Thank khudri_johari
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

We were overjoyed to find this place - not too well publicised in the guidebook we were using. It's a modern, informative, well restored place with stunning views at the top! It is a bit pricey but worth the time if you're interested in getting...More

1  Thank tmurr2507
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Well done to the Brooke Foundation. This is in the old Margheritta fort and is very well done. You can easily take a Sanpan ride across the river and walk up to the fort. Entrance is free and it is all self guided. You do...More

Thank Travelgypsyisme
Reviewed 3 May 2017

British colonisation nearly always ended pretty badly for the local inhabitants. The story of James Brooke is an exception, on the most part, to this. He developed Northern Borneo into a kingdom, formed to protect and serve the local inhabitants while fighting to keep it...More

2  Thank Pete F
Reviewed 2 May 2017

This new gallery is superb. It takes up all 3 levels of Fort Margarite. R20 entrance fee so very few people there when we visited. Describes full history of white rajahs and their interaction with Dayak, Malay and Chinese. Explains alot about harmonious mix of...More

1  Thank Happyguest71
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Ticket Price: For locals (Malaysians): Adult - RM10 Child (aged 7-12) - RM5 For foreigners: Adult - RM20 Child (aged 7-12) - RM10 Free for children under 7 years old. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The ticket is expensive as you can see, considering that Sarawak museum is free...More

Thank Anthony9trip
BGallery, Manager at The Brooke Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2017

Thank you very much for taking the time to submit your feedback on your recent visit to the Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita. We are sorry that you felt the entrance fee was prohibitively expensive for you. However, it may be helpful to know that...More

Reviewed 11 April 2017

Ticket a bit expensive, RM5 or RM10 for local, RM20 for foreigner. However it is really good to know about the 1st white Raja story, British man became the 1st white man king in Sarawak.

1  Thank Mimosa017
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We crossed the river and walked up to the fort on a super hot day but it was really worth it. As the name suggests it focuses on the Brooke white rajahs. Paintings, exhibits, posters etc in the old fort. No coffee shop or facilities...More

1  Thank Maggie M
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Hi, After read so much about Fort Margherita, may i know how much is the entrance fee for our secondary school students in group?
1 March 2017|
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Response from BGallery | Property representative |
Hello, Thanks for your message and for your interest in Fort Margherita! It will depend on the ages of your group, and whether you would like us to arrange any special activities. If you can send us an email or give us a... More