Textile Museum Sarawak

The Textile Museum showcases authentic textiles made by the main ethnic communities of Sarawak. Visitors follow an exhibition flow of how a finished product such as weaving came about. Also on display are contemporary work of designs based on traditional weaving and design techniques. Traditional costumes and fashion accessories used in ceremonies are also on display.

The architecture is an attraction in itself. It is a combination of English renaissance and colonial theme. Rectangular in structure, the Pavilion Building as it is known, was first constructed in 1907 a medical center. The 3-storey building later became the headquarter of the State Education department. The museum opened n August 2005.

It houses and displays authentic local textiles and costumes made by the ethnic community of Sarawak. Examples are the internationally known Iban pua kumbu and Sarawak Malay kain songket.

The exhibition flow follows the process of making a textile which starts with the raw material and through the weaving stage and ends with the finished product.  Visitors will have the opportunity to test their skills on the loom and ‘touch on’ exhibits.

UPDATE: A new exhibit has been added to the Textile Museum, namely the Treasures from Nusantara Exhibition, featuring 30 historical artifacts from throughout Borneo.

TIP: Give yourself at least an hour to time your visit with the closing hour.

Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg
93100, Kuching

Sarawak Museum Department
Tel. No: 082-244232
Email: [email protected]
*call to check for updates on opening hours

Opening hour:

Monday to Friday | 9:00 am – 4:45 pm

Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

1st Day of Main Public Holiday, T.Y.T Birthday, Labour Day & Malaysia Day | Closed

General admission fee:


Getting There

The museum is located in the historical quarter of downtown Kuching and it is within walking distance from popular accommodation services in the city.

Location Map

  • main-sarawak borneo doorway kuching textile museum

Culture and Heritage, Museums

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