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Sarawak Women MuseumSarawak Women Museum


  1. Sarawak Women Museum was launched in August 6, 2007 by The Chief Minister, YAB Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud.
  2. Sarawak Women Museum was located in Block E, Sarawak Tourism Complex, formerly known as the Old Courthouse.
  3. Sarawak Women Museum was the brainchild of The Late Right Honourable Datuk Patinggi Puan Sri (Dr.) Hajjah Laila Taib, President of SABATI and Chief Minister of Sarawak's wife.
  4. Sarawak Women Museum established as recognition of contributions made by women from various areas in the development of Sarawak.
  5. Sarawak Women Museum also provides education and information to the public especially the younger generation to have these figures as their idol as well as inspiration for they to contribute to the development of this country.
  6. Sarawak Women Museum focuses on the contributions and achievements of women since 1963 when Sarawak with the Federation of Malaya to form Malaysia. Contributions and achievements have been categorized into several areas such as political , social, education, economics and business administration, arts, professional, sports and SABATI.


  1. Since the opening of the Sarawak Women Museum on August 6, 2007, Sarawak Women Museum's financial resources is fully funded by SABATI in about RM43,000.00 per year.
  2. Museum Management adjested by the Sarawak Women Museum chaired, The Honorable Sri Datin Hajjah Fatimah bt. Mohd Iskandar and four members of SABATI. The two advisers are The Honourable Dato Sri Empiang Jabu, Deputy President and The Honorable Dato SABATI Dayang Hajjah Morliah bt. Datuk Haji Awang Daud, SABATI honorary secretary.


  1. So far, the Sarawak Women Museum's visitor is about 16,807 people with average of 15 people per day. Museum opens for the public every day except Monday and public holidays, starting from 9.00 am until 4.30pm. Visitors are from various ethnic and races in Sarawak, Sabah, Peninsular Malaysia as well as visitors/tourists from outside Malaysia. In general, the comments from visitors/tourists who visit this museum are encouraging. Their member supports and accolades for its efforts to provide a meaningful place like this which will showcase and give recognition for the role and the invaluable contribution of the female figures in the development and success of Sarawak until today.


  1. Sarawak Women Museum is the top museum that was established in Sarawak and generally in Malaysia. It is regarded as one of the unique museum that highlighted female figures who has given great contribution to the development of Sarawak in various fields, as well as their achievements that will inspire people and particularly, for younger generation. Some of these figures have a name in the history of Sarawak as well to bring honor to the state.
  2. The museum also has an important role for displaying a variety of matters related to customs, culture and lifestyle that made up from various of ethnic groups in Sarawak, especially women.
  3. Sarawak Women Museum is a non-governmental organizations or NGOs, but they are expected to play an equally important role as one of the tourism product, joined with several other museums in Sarawak. 
  4. Sarawak Women Museum plans to increase and upgrade in terms of display and layout of the museum so that it can display the current development that involves the role and contribution of women. It is realized through permanent and temporary exhibitions, activities like demonstrations of traditional and modern foods with a specialty and showcase traditional and contemporary clothing that can be considered for implementation.


  1. Sarawak Women Museum is the first museum established in Malaysia. The museum has an important role, especially in highlighting the role played by women in a very big contribution in the development of Sarawak until today. It is one of the interesting and unique destinations to visit either by local and foreign tourists. SABATI had a limited capacity in terms of expertise and finance to some extent that might affect the museum's role as one of the interesting place to visit even have a strategic position in the city center. Furthermore, this lack has implications for efforts to attract SABATI to become as a live museum in Malaysia that demostrates growth and development nowadays.



Opening Hours

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