Chinese Heritage Museum tells about the history of the Chinese community in Johor Bahru (former name is Iskandar Puteri). While Chinese came to settle in Johor Bahru, the cultures brought to JB by these different people are far more ancient. This aspect of Johor Bahru history is the focus of the Chinese Museum. Museum’s collection includes documents, photos, old coins, porcelain, musical instruments and other artefacts.
Shortly, first Chinese came to this place in the 14th century: records of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties tell us about Chinese traders who came to Johor to conduct their business. At 1844 Temenggong Ibrahim encouraged Chinese planters to plant gambier and pepper in the interior of Johor. Later Chinese planters embarked on pineapple plantation. Surprisingly that Lee Pineapple Co Ltd, delicious pineapple juice maker, start their business in those days.
The interesting fact is that Chinese moved to Johor from different places. There are five dialect groups settled in JB: Hainanese, Cantonese, Hakka, Hokkien and Teochew.
Museum building occupies four storeys. Documents on the ground floor introduce the chronology of historical events. The second and third floor artefacts show the history of Chinese immigrants in Johor in the 1800s and 1900s. The top floor of the 4 storey museum devotes it’s exhibiting space for the temporary exhibitions.
Chinese Heritage Museum Photos
- Address: 42 Jalan Ibrahim, Johor Bahru, Malaysia (Show Map)
- Price: Adult RM5 / Child and Senior RM2
- Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm