The new Sarawak Museum Complex, the largest in Malaysia and second largest in Southeast Asia, will be opened in April next year, said Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
The museum complex was initially planned to be launched in December this year but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, the Sarawak Museum Department is now in the midst of filling the museum complex with the artefacts and specimens.
There are over 20,000 artefacts in the collection and 1,660 of them will be displayed for the exhibition.
The world-class Sarawak Museum Complex, designed and completed with 21st-century facilities and amenities, has a 6,000-square-metre interactive and engaging exhibition and will open its doors to the public by the end of next year.
Over 200-year old Kelidieng pole from Sungai Ud, Dalat was among the 200 large exhibition artefacts that would be displayed including an Iban war boat and two Punan burial poles in the 6,726sq m museum.
As for now, the rate is yet to be fixed but there will be different rates for Sarawak locals and non-residents according to Datuk Abdul Karim.