Royal Abu Bakar Museum, Johor Bahru

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  • the attachment to the museum...
    the attachment to the museum...
    by chiabh
  • view of the palace cum museum...
    view of the palace cum museum...
    by chiabh
  • the main block of the museum..
    the main block of the museum..
    by chiabh

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    Royal Sultan Abu Bakar Museum

    by chiabh Updated Dec 3, 2008

    The museum occupies the Istana Besar (or Grand Palace) which was specially commissioned in 1864 by the late Sultan Abu Bakar (commonly known as the Father of Modern Johor)... It was completed in 1866...

    In the early 1990s, Johor's present ruler, Sultan Iskandar, decided that members of the public should be given the opportunity to view the Johor Royal Family's collection in a proper museum setting... The Sultan consented for the Istana Besar to be converted into a museum and it was officially declared open on May 11, 1990...

    The museum housed vast arrays of treasures, works of art, antiquities and furniture belonging to the Johor Royal Family... The picture gallery features past and present rulers of the Sultanate and their consorts... There is also a large collection of their personal memorabilia, an impressive array of Orders, Decorations and Medals in the gallery...

    Other rooms within the museum display silverware, crystalware, gold and silver jewelry, priceless vases, furniture, traditional Malay weapons, the State Regalia, a numismatic collection, silver trophies and other family treasures within their natural setting...

    The museum is open from Saturday through Thursday, from 9.00am to 5.00pm... It is closed on Fridays... An entrance fee is collected to maintain the museum...

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    Museum at Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Palace

    by SLLiew Written Aug 12, 2007

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    There is a grand getway to enter the former palace residence of Sultan Abu Bakar that now houses the State Museum (Muzium).

    The palace spacious ground, architecture and interior layout itself is worth a visit. You will see some artefacts of Johor history, keris (Malay warrior traditional weapon) and the collection of the Sultans of Johor.

    Note that the Museum is closed on Fridays.

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    Royal Abu Bakar Museum (Grand Palace)

    by bkoon Written Sep 20, 2003

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    Built by the late Sultan Abu Bakar, this imposing palace along Jalan Tun Dr Ismail has been converted into a museum showcasing many rare and beautiful treasures from all over the world. Open daily except on Fridays.

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    Royal Abu Bakar Museum.

    by A2002 Updated Aug 12, 2003

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    The museum is situated within the Istana Besar. The design of the building is in the Renaissance style with Anglo-Malay influence.
    Art treasures and historical relics of the Sultan of Johor are displayed in the museum. It is an air-conditioned museum, so go in on a hot day to enjoy the exhibits and cool down. Entrance fee applies, but not a lot, less than a british pound.

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