Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Muzium Sultan Abu Bakar

Historically it was a wooden building built in 1888 and then replaced with a two storey brick building in 1929 and was used as home for the British Resident during the British Colonialisation of Malaya. During the 2nd World War (1942-1945), the Japanese turn it into their operation centre.

In 1948, the building was renamed as Istana Kota Beram before being converted into Sultan Abu Bakar museum in 1976.

Muzium Sultan Abu Bakar is located on Jalan Sultan Ahmad in the Royal Town of Pekan, Pahang. 

It also acts as the Pahang State Museum portraying three concepts;

Open space adapted from the Malay Traditional house, Truly Pahang that only represent the history and culture of people of Pahang and Open Intellectual Garden.

Where museum are synonym to ancient and historical displays, Sultan Abu Bakar Museum has it own uniqueness. As soon as you approach the building it is very visible the sight of herons and horses made of drift wood on the front of the building. Horses are unique to Pekan, since it is home of one of the famous polo ground in the country. The royal family of Pahang has a passion for the sports.  

Muzium Sultan Abu Bakar is departmentalized in to 6 Galleries to represent the different themes related to Pahang Darul Makmur.

The Galleries are

The Istana Kota Beram as the main entrance and ticket counter. This galleries is made up of the History of Pahang, Islam and Laws of Pahang. Visitors can also view the display of weapons used by Malay warriors such as the Kris and lembing or tombak besides the musical instrument of the Royal Gamelan on the first Floor. 

      The second floor house the Royal room, Antlers & hunting, Currency, Royal Sports – Polo and Monarchy in Pahang.  It also has the display of the Roya Ladies of the Istana Gallery and Ceremonial Customs/Royal Ceremonial Regalia.

Inderapura housed the archeology and Orang Asli artifacts and livelihood and cultures. Inderapura is the old name for Pahang and was mentioned in the Malay Annals and Hikayat Hang Tuah, the iconic Malay Warrior from Malacca who is very faithful to the Sultan of Malacca.
      Artifacts on display in this gallery date back to the prehistoric era (Mesolithic/ Haobinhian/Neolithic and bronze age).  It also includes the proto Malay era  including ceramics from Tioman, treasures from the sunken Royal Nan Hai. History of Pekan, arrival of Islam and discoveries of arches and monuments are also on display.

      The Orang Asli display greets visitors to this gallery. It tells the story of how the Orang Asli live, their cultures, beliefs, art and craft besides their architecture. The Orang Asli who mostly living a nomadic life has close relation with the flora and fauna for their survival.

       There is also one Islamic gallery displaying Islamic work of art made up of Khat, the Islamic Calligraphy, Qurans published in the olden days.

      Visitors can also see what is the Tenun Pahang Diraja at the Textile and Fashion gallery.
      Bunga Pekan that is believe to be the name of the flower where Pekan town derives its name is given to a block of the Museum complex located at the back of Istana Kota Beram. This building house the Museum Shoppe, Bonang Café, Tun Razak Theatre, Ceramics displays and Arts and Culture of the East Coast.

      Mat Kilau is a well known Pahang Warrior who together with Dato’ Bahaman fought the British to help the Malay Peninsular free of British colonization. His name is depicted on one of the section of the museum and it housed the Political & Cultural personalities of Pahang besides the Malay Warriors & the Art of Silat, the Malay art of Self Defence.

      Balai Tun Teja is an open workshop display and performance of local music and culture is   being held.  


Tuesday – Thursday and Saturday and Sunday 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Friday 9.30 am to 12.15 noon and reopens at 2.45 pm to 5.30 pm.
Last call to visit the galleries 5.00 pm.
Closed on Monday

Keriang Aji & Library (Blok Keruing Aji & Perpustakaan)
Monday – Thursday 7.30 am to 5.30 pm
Friday 7.30 am to 12.15 noon and reopens 2.45 pm to 5.30 pm
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Tun Razak Theatre & Tun Teja Hall (Panggung Tun Razak & Balai Tun Teja)
Enquire at the administration office

Belibis café & Bonang café
Monday – Sunday 10.00 am to 10.00 pm
Souvenir Shoppe
Tuedsay- Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
Friday 9.30 am to 12.15 noon and reopens at 2.45 pm to 5.00 pm.


Tel:  +609 422 1371 / 1459
Fax : +609 422 1572

Entrance Ticket

Malaysians   RM 5.00
People of Pahang RM 4.00
Foreign visitors RM 15.00

Students in School Uniform, Children Below 12 Years of Age, People with Disablities and Senior Citizens FREE.
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