Chinese Heritage Museum, Johor – History of Chinese Immigrants in Johor

The Chinese Heritage Museum, Johor is a four-storey shop house and can be identified by the pair of long hanging red Chinese lanterns outside. The building has been around since 1048, acquired by the Tiong Hua Chinese Association as their office space in 1948 and was designated a museum in 2005. The museum is affectionally known as the Tiong Hua Museum due to its history.

chinese heritage museum, Johor

chinese heritage museum, Johor

The ground floor of the museum displays the first records of Chinese arriving in Malaysia, dating all the way back to the Ming Dynasty (the 1300s) for trade and business. Chinese from different parts of China, from the five dialect groups, the Hainanese, Cantonese, Hakka, Hokkien and Teochew comes to Johor, Malaysia to making a living. Moving up, you will see photos and artefacts of Chinese immigrants between the 1800s and 1900s. You will also learn about the role the Chinese play in growing plantations such as Gambier, pepper and pineapple. These plantations have contributed to the growth and economy of Johor. The top floor showcases temporary exhibits.

Enthic Groups

Ethnic Groups

A unique collection of exhibits and artefacts are displayed in the museum with the aim to preserve the history and heritage of the Chinese immigrants in Johor in modern history. The objects include photos, news articles, suitcases, currencies, tools, books and even traditional boats just to name a few items. You will also learn about the history where Chinese fought during World War II against the Japanese. All Chinese and visitors from other religions should visit the museum to see the displays and learn about the history.

chinese tools

chinese tools

Opening Hours of The Chinese Heritage Museum, Johor

The Chinese Heritage Museum, Johor is open Tuesdays to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. Entrance fees cost RM 5.00 for adults, RM 2.00 for senior citizens and children. It is located at 43, Jalan Ibrahim, Johor Bahru, 80000, Malaysia which is right in the city central of Johor Bahru. You do not have to worry about not being able to understand the artefacts as they have placards explanation in English for the exhibits.

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