Perlis State Museum
Muzium Negeri Perlis,
Jalan Raja Syed Sah,
Opening Hours: Daily 09.00 to 17.00 hrs (half-day Thursday).
Perlis , the smallest state in Malaysia, was once a part of Kedah which the Thais conqured in
1821. When Kedah was subsequently restored to the Sultan of Kedah, Perlis was separated from it
and established as a vessal state in its own right.
The Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909 transferred Thai sovereignty over Perlis to the British but the Japanese "handed it back" to Thailand during
its occupation of the Malay Peninsular. After the Japanese surrendered, Perlis once again came
under British protection until it gained independence under the banner of the Federation of
Malaya in 1957.
According to history, the 4.84 acres of land where the State Museum now stands was granted by
Raja Syed Alwi to his younger brother, Syed Salim bin Syed Muhammad al-Jafri, who was a senior
minister to the King.
Towards the end of the 19th century, Syed Salim built his residence and stayed there with his
family until it was sold to the State Government just after the signing of the 1909 Bangkok
Treaty. After that, the building became the official residence of the state British Advisors. The
first British Advisor, Mr. Meadow Frost and his successors resided in the house until the Second
World War in 1941. From 1941 until 1943, the building was taken over by Japanese Military
Administration, while from 1943 until 1945, the Thai Military Government took over the building.
After Independence, the building became the Perlis Chief Minister's official residence. It became
popularly known as Rumah Tetamu (Guest House) after it was vacated by Chief Minister Dato' Jaafar
Hassan in early 1980s. In 1991, the building was demolished to make way for the construction of
the present State Museum, which is structurally identical to the old building. The Kompleks
Warisan Negeri (State Heritage Complex) is also within the compounds of the State Museum.
Guided tour and lectures (by appointment), audio visuals and research facilities.
Facilities in the Museum: SHOP LIBRARY MEALS/SNACKS/DRINKS CAR PARK
Holidays: Closed on Friday.
Distance from town centre: 1 km
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