Kota Tinggi Museum, Johor, is built in 1997 and completed in 1999. It was only opened to the public in August 2002, by the Johor Sultan. The museum outlines the triumph days of the Johor Sultanate, which begin due to the fall of the Malaccan Sultanate in 1511 where the Empire falls to the Portuguese.
Kota Tinggi was chosen as the site for the museum as it is representative of the historical town where the Johor Sultanate was established. Many ancestry tombs of both the Malacca and the Johor Sultanate were found in Kota Tinggi. The chosen place also signifies that Malay civilisation has been living in Kota Tinggi for more than 500 years. In my opinion, Kota Tinggi and its surroundings are equivalent to the Ming Dynasty tombs of the Chinese emperors buried in Nanjing, present day Beijing.
The museum is two storeys high, and it showcases artefacts and antiques dating back to the 19th century. The exhibits include old Muslim manuscripts, century porcelain and utensils, old maps and huge canvas paintings as well as precious jewellery of the past. In addition, modern day dioramas coupled with illustrations and paintings tell stories of life during the heydeys of the Johor Sultanate. Take a look at the video for a preview of the museum.
Opening Hours of Kota Tinggi Museum, Johor
The museum is opened Mondays to Fridays 8 am to 5 pm. The museum is free to visit for study groups and knowledge seeker. It is currently not open for public tours and they are upgrading the exhibits. Do give them a call to enquire before making your trip down.
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