Sarawak Museum

Sarawak Museum

With a combined total floor space of approximately 31,000 square metres, the new museum is expected to be the second largest museum in South East Asia after the National Museum in Singapore.

Project Details

Project Owner

Jabatan Muzium Sarawak


Arkitek KDI


Kuching, Sarawak

Project Type



Clean Colorbond® XAL & XRW







Completion Year

On-Going (EOD early 2020)

Founded in 1891, the Sarawak Museum hosts one of the finest collection of Borneo artefacts in the region.

The Department of Museum and the Public Works Department are currently upgrading the museum to better showcase Sarawak’s rich cultural heritage. Once completed, we can expect the new museum to be on par with global standards as one of the leading ASEAN institutions.

Overlooking Padang Merdeka, the new museum will be located at the former Dewan Tun Abdul Razak and is scheduled to open their doors in 2020.

The new museum will also host an adjoining annexe building with a combined total floor space of 31,000 square metres. This makes it the second-largest museum in South East Asia.

Previously with a Normandy townhouse design, it will now feature a series of arches resembling the Dayak shield along with some representation of Sarawak weavings on the new museum. You can also find a similar design at the Borneo Convention Centre in Kuching.

The gold colour was chosen for the roof and facade cladding as this resonates with the arch-ornamented Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building. Glass panels were also installed for natural light to flow in.

The new five-storey museum comprises of exhibition spaces, commercial lots, auditoriums and a research centre. Local and international students can use these spaces to learn more about the history of Sarawak and Borneo.

With 150 years of history in roofing and walling structures, NS BlueScope Lysaght Malaysia has been part of a number of iconic buildings in Sarawak. This includes the Kuching International Airport, Sarawak Energy HQ and the Curtin University of Technology in Miri. NS BlueScope Lysaght Malaysia is responsible for installing high-quality roofs at the upcoming Sarawak Museum.

Some difficulties faced during the construction were a complicated fabrication and installation processes due to the height of the building. Although it was a challenging task for our Supply & Install team, the installation works were completed with sound craftsmanship, and within the project schedule.



The LYSAGHT® 360 SEAM® is a high-quality and lightweight standing seam roof profile made for challenging structures that require tapering, pitching and curving. With industrial-grade heat insulation and noise dampening features, this product keeps the museum cooling and quiet at all times.



The LYSAGHT® KLIP-LOK® OPTIMA™ is a strong cladding system that can span wider compared to its competitors. It’s also the most suitable product to control thermal expansion and contraction due to its conceal fixed system and long lengths. On top of that, it’s also designed for easy installation, saving work time.



As a lightweight alternative to other cladding materials, this product is made to last. It also comes with Thermatech® solar refl­ectance technology and dirt-resisting abilities, making it a durable choice to showcase the museum’s beautiful architecture for a long time.