Kuching, Sarawak: The new Sarawak Museum Campus is currently at 92 per cent towards completion and it is scheduled to officially open its doors to the public by 2020.
The RM308-million project is undertaken in two stages – the first one involves the new museum campus and its annex building, while the next involves the old Sarawak Museum and the ancillary buildings surrounding it, according to a report by the Borneo Post.
Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the physical construction of the building should reach completion by March next year, but it would take another year to move the historical artefacts into the building, the news channel said.
“Museums are different compared with other buildings. Whatever that is put inside the museum must be accompanied by a write-up.
“In any museum in the world, only 20 per cent of the artefacts are displayed (to the public); 80 per cent is being kept in the storage,” he was quoted saying by the Borneo Post during a visit to the museum site at Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg here yesterday.
Thirty per cent of the new Sarawak Museum, he said, would feature interactive contents while the rest would be the ‘more traditional’ exhibition.
The new museum would showcase Sarawak cultural heritage and be one of the hot touristic spots and attractions.