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Maritime Museum of Brunei Darussalam: Bruneis Past Glory

22 June 2017 (Readers 1659)

Situated near the Malay Technology Museum building is a fascinating building called the Maritime Museum of Brunei Darussalam. The museum is able to receive 200 visitors at any given time and is the most recent addition within the group of museums under the management of the Museums Department.
Maritime Museum of Brunei Darussalam has a mission to preserve the Bruneis maritime history through artefacts that exhibit the role of Brunei Darussalam as the trading centre and major settlement.
Exhibition Gallery
The Maritime Museum of Brunei Darussalam showcases three exhibition galleries.
Gallery 1 : The Brunei Shipwreck
This gallery exhibits the discovery of the Brunei Shipwreck in 1997 which is an important find for the maritime history of Brunei Darussalam. The artefacts in the gallery highlight the countrys role in maritime trading with foreign countries in late 15th century A.D. until the early 16th century A.D.
Gallery 2 : Kota Batu as a Trading Centre
Kota Batu is an important archaeological site in Brunei Darussalam. This is because the site was the capital of ancient Brunei during the 14th to 17th centuries A.D.
This site serves as an administrative centre, trading centre and major residential centre of Brunei. Apart from that, Gallery 2 also showcases the role of a river in expanding the trade networks of Brunei Darussalam with foreign countries through Terindak Island.
Gallery 3 : Cruising Quanzhou Ocean and Brunei Darussalam - Maritime Silk Route
The cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and China already existed as early as 2,000 years ago through the Maritime Silk Route. The contact between the two countries became more frequent during the 5th century and continued until the 10th century and further in the 14th and 15th century. The Maritime Silk Route brought together the story of two cultures from ancient times until now.
Brief History
The Maritime Museum of Brunei Darussalam was constructed under the 10th National Development Plan with a cost of BND 5 million. The building was built on 3.53 hectares (8.74 acres) of land.
Key figures in the establishment of the museum included the former Director Of Museums, Awang Haji Matasssim bin Haji Jibah, then Curator Of Archaeology Pengiran Dr. Karim bin Pengiran Osman and former Chief Museum Officer, Awang Matzin bin Haji Yahya. Awang Matzin was also entrusted with the content of the Maritime Museum. The next Curator of Archaeology, Dayang Aminah binti Haji Majid, then took over the task after Awang Matzin retired.
Now, with the establishment of the Maritime Museum of Brunei Darussalam, the duties and responsibilities of the curator is entrusted to the Curator Of Archaeology as the Head Of Division and Manager of the Maritime Museum of Brunei Darussalam Building.
The Maritime Museum of Brunei Darussalam has a number of expert officers in the research field and archaeologists (juruuruk) specialized in the archaeological field. It also has a group of divers who are certified by Poni Divers in Open Water and Advanced Open Water diving.
In order to monitor and maintain the exhibition galleries, six attendants are employed who also assist in showing the visitors around the provided exhibits in the Maritime Museum of Brunei Darussalam building.
Official Opening
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzaddin, the Deputy Sultan, consented to officiate the opening of the Maritime Museum of Brunei Darussalam on the 23rd of March 2015.
To commemorate the opening, various activities were held throughout 2015 to promote the Maritime Museum of Brunei Darussalam.
One was a temporary exhibition titled Cruising Quanzhou Ocean and Brunei Darussalam - Maritime Silk Route which was organised from 23rd of March 2015 until 20th of October 2015.
Another programme is the Museum Race which was conducted on August 2015 where the Maritime Museum of Brunei Darussalam building is one of the arenas for the activity.
The Brunei Shipwreck Tablet Application and Educational Pack was also launched in August 2015. The application and educational pack aimed to add to the facilities available in the galleries of the Maritime Museum of Brunei Darussalam.
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