Royal Abu Bakar Museum

Royal Abu Bakar Museum information

Johor Bahru , Malaysia
Address
Street Jln Ibrahim
Telephone
+60 7 223 0555
Prices
adult/child US$7/3
Opening hours
9am-5pm Sat-Thu, ticket counter closes 4pm
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Lonely Planet review

The marvellous Istana Besar, once the Johor royal family’s principal palace, was built in Victorian style by Anglophile sultan Abu Bakar in 1866. It was opened as a museum to the public in 1990 and displays the incredible wealth of the sultans. It's now the finest museum of its kind in Malaysia, and the 53-hectare palace grounds (free entry) are beautifully manicured.

At the time of research the museum was getting an extensive, two-year remodel, but will no doubt have reopened by the time you're reading this, with the – possibly increased – entrance fee payable in ringgit.