Royal Museum-Istana Batu
Perbadanan Muzium Negeri Kelantan,
15000 Kota Bharu,
Telephone: 09-748 7737
Opening Hours: 8.30 am - 4.45 pm daily
Also known as Istana Batu, the Royal Museum is located in the middle of the Kota Bharu town,
close to Istana Jahar. The design of the palace was inspired by HRH Sultan Ismail Ibni Almarhum
Sultan Muhammad IV who reigned from 1920 to 1944. The building, in its present form, was
completed in 1939 and was given as a wedding gift from HRH Sultan Ismail to his nephew Sultan
Yahya Petra Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim Petra (1961 - 1979). Since then, the palace has been the
residence of the Kelantan royal family. In 1969 however, the building was turned into the Royal
Museum with consent from HRH Sultan Ismail Petra Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra, the reigning
Sultan of Kelantan.
Today, this historical building is treasured by anyone who is interested to learn about the
Kelantan royal family's history and lineage. The collections inside the museum provide visitors
with an insight to the life of the Kelantan royal family. Each room within this former palace is
installed with specific exhibitions which includes photographs reflecting the royal family's
social activities, costumes and priceless artefacts such as beautiful crystals, silver and brass
wares, and antique furnitures.
Admision : RM 2.00
Istana Batu was designed and built in 1939 during the reign of Sultan Ismail I. It was used
as a venue for royal weddings as well as to house royal guests. Today, it has been converted into
the Royal Museum where regalia and palace items belonging to former Sultans are on display. These
include silverware, bedroom items and furniture from the royal household. There is also a
photographic exhibition on the life of the late Sultan of Kelantan.
Services:Guided tour (by appointment).
Facilities in the Museum: SHOP MEALS/SNACKS/DRINKS CAR PARK
How to Reach there:
The musuem is only 500 meters from Kota Bharu town. It is located at Jalan Hilir Kota, in front
of Istana Balai Besar and behind the Muhammadi Mosque.
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