Borneo Cultures Museum surpasses 360,000 visitors in 2023, cements tourist attraction status

Abdul Karim (front row, seventh right) and other dignitaries and officials in a group photo at the Sarawak Museum Department’s (JMS) 2024 Appreciation Dinner held at a hotel in Kuching on Feb 23, 2024. Photo credit: Ukas

KUCHING, Feb 25: The Borneo Cultures Museum (BCM) has received over 360,000 visitors in 2023, bringing the total number of visitors to more than 920,000 since its opening on March 9, 2022.

According to Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry, and Performing Arts (MTCP), Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, this demonstrates that the museum has successfully established itself as a must-see tourist attraction in Sarawak.

BCM is not only a tourist attraction but also a hub for non-formal education, attracting students from different academic backgrounds.

“Last year, I understand that the museum department has also managed to arrange for students from overseas institutions to visit, and we received visits from National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (Taiwan), Universitas Muhammadiyah Pontianak (Indonesia), and Crest Secondary School (Singapore).

“Apart from that, other students totalling 11,430 people have visited BCM,” he was quoted as saying in a news report published yesterday (Feb 24) by the Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas).

Abdul Karim stated this on Friday night (February 23) at the Sarawak Museum Department’s (JMS) 2024 Appreciation Dinner at a hotel here.

Meanwhile, he stated that JMS remains active in treasure management efforts, with various preservation works completed successfully in 13 locations across Sarawak, including monuments and historical sites.

They include Klirieng in Batang Tatau, Bintulu, Liu Shan Bang Flag Pole in Bau, Charles Fort in Kabong, Long Akah Fort in Telang Usan, and Lio Mato Fort in Ulu Baram. — DayakDaily