Museum sights in Ipoh
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North of the padang, the Muzium Darul Ridzuan is housed in a 1926 villa built for a wealthy Chinese tin miner. The less than inspiring displays recount the history of tin mining (downstairs) and forestry (upstairs) in Perak. The occasional temporary exhibitions are more interesting. There are two concrete air-raid shelters in the garden, erected in 1941.
Rock enthusiasts might enjoy a visit to the Geological Museum, 3km east of town, although you'll need to phone ahead to arrange a visit. Hundreds of mineral samples and fossils are on display, including all the tin ore you could wish for. Take a Tanjung Rambutan bus from the city bus station, get off at the crossing of Jln Sultan Azlan Shah, then walk southeast for 10 minutes.