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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have read anything about Sarawak and Kuching you will have read about the White Raja’s, the Brookes dynasty.

Fort Margherita has an excellent exhibition detailing the foundation, duration and legacy of these Rajahs.

Three floors of interesting exhibits,photos and descriptions, and a great view of the city from the top of the Fort. Only 20MR each for over overseas visitors

From the Hilton hotel, the Fort is straight over the river. Got to be a short walk.

From the hotel, along the riverbank and over the new footbridge. Then past the Sarawak Assembly building: dead simple. Except the Assembly building is fenced off. It’s more than a mile to walk to the Fort Margherita. And it’s always hot in Kuching.

So, river taxi back. Got to be easy, surely? Nope, another hour to walk to the Encik Omar Jetty. Oh, and that’s along a dual carriageway without a footpath.

However, it does look like as part of the development/upgrade of Fort Margherita that simple access to the river walk/boardwalk is being made. If so, it will hugely improve access from the main town side of the river in Kuching.

Definitely make Fort Margherita part of your visit to Kuching.

Thank Phil_Dr
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BGallery, Assistant Gallery Manager at Fort Margherita, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Phil_Dr

Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback on your recent visit to Fort Margherita and for sharing your positive experience! It is much appreciated.

We are delighted that you found your experience interesting, and thank you for suggesting other ways our visitors can make the most of their journey. 

We look forward to welcoming you again to the Brooke Gallery in the future.

Kind regards,

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were very interested in the history and story of the White Rajahs of Sarawak. If the history interests you then this is definitely worth a visit.
We had done a bit of background reading on the Brook history and found the musuem fascinating.
Highly recommended.

Thank tropictrav
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BGallery, Assistant Gallery Manager at Fort Margherita, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear tropictrav

Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback on your recent visit to Fort Margherita and for sharing your positive experience! It is very much appreciated.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at the Brooke Gallery and that you found yourself immersed in Sarawak's remarkable history!

We look forward to welcoming you again to the Brooke Gallery in the future.


Kind regards,

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A nice overview of the Brooke history in Sarawak, which is an amazing and inspiring story of adventure and respect for the local people. located in a historical fortress.
It is a challenge to get there at the moment (in clear view from the waterfront, but >40 mins walk in the heat), but an new entrance on the waterfront is under construction to make this a MYR 1 boat taxi ride away.

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BGallery, Assistant Gallery Manager at Fort Margherita, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Nicolevanvugt

Thank you for taking the time to submit your positive feedback on your recent visit to Fort Margherita! It is very much appreciated.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at the Brooke Gallery and that you gained a clear impression of Sarawak's remarkable history! We hope to see improvement to signage and access in the coming months and to make the Fort ever more accessible, slowly and surely.

We look forward to welcoming you again to the Brooke Gallery in the future.

Kind regards

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Reviewed September 20, 2018

We walked from our waterfront hotel to the Fort. It was a fun walk - nice to explore. The museum inside is great for learning the history of the area. Nice views!

Thank Jessica K
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BGallery, Assistant Gallery Manager at Fort Margherita, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Jessica K

Thank you for taking the time to submit your comprehensive and positive feedback on your recent visit to Fort Margherita! It is very much appreciated.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at the Brooke Gallery and that you enjoyed the views of the river and surrounds.

We look forward to welcoming you again to the Brooke Gallery in the future.

Kind regards

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Reviewed September 10, 2018

I am always taken by old mystical building with the title castle and fort... maybe too much of princess storybooks when I was young. This one is nice. But the problem is, it is in the middle of no where! We took a cab there but couldn't get transport back. Almost lost and stranded in the middle of no where. Literally hitch hike my way out twice with my 7 years old. Phew!

So if you must, ensure there is transport waiting for you after your visitation. I still like reading about the history from this little museum within the fort. But it's not for everyone. It can be extremely boring for a young kid.

Thank WaiMun L
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Reviewed September 4, 2018

Very hot, lots of winding narrow steps inside. Fans did not provide much relief from the heat and humdity.
Small museum but good quality artifacts. Lots of local history.
Crossed the river took a couple of minutes in long boat to Muslim side of city where fort is located. Once on this side found directions could have been better. Walked uphill past local houses and lots of cats to the Fort then saw tourist buses parked at the Fort. Take plenty of water with you. Took some photos of views of Kuching.

Thank bevm220
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Reviewed August 24, 2018

I've lived in Malaysia 20 years but have to admit that I was really ignorant about the impact the Brooke family (the white Rajahs) had on the modern, tolerant, multi-racial Sarawak we know and love today. I left here wanting to find a good book to delve deeper into this fascinating, almost unbelievable slice of history. The Brooke Gallery is spread over three floors of the compact fort, with a great view over the city from the top. Easily accessed by small river taxi (RM1) from the Kuching waterfront to Kampung Boyan (Enchik Omar Jetty), then a short uphill walk to the fort. Don't try walking across the bridge and then around the state legislature.

1  Thank RianDM
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Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

It’s in the middle of nowhere, so you’d assume by getting a cab all the way there it’s worth it. NOPE ! Don’t play urself .. it’s tiny with a small museum inside, i said i’ll just go since i’m in kuching.. honestly wasted time, it’s so small just pointless!

Thank GIULIO_GRANZELL
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Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

Visited here yesterday. Access via boat for 1MYR then head up the hill behind the waterfront. You may think you are going the wrong way but keep going.
The price is 20Myr pp but it was informative about the Brooke family influence here.
Great views from the top.
Friendly staff.

Thank Swifty72
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Reviewed July 31, 2018

Must visit this place at least once in your life time.
Historical gallery with full of informations about The Brooke's familia,

Thank honeybones
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