Tioman Island Museum looks at the history of Tioman in the context of the Maritime Silk Routes that flourished for over 900 years during the 10th to the 19th centuries.
Through these waters which were the domain of Orang Laut (sea gypsies) and the Orang Lanun (pirates), sailed Arab Sambuks, Chinese Junks, Portugese carracks and caravels, Dutch galleons and British East Indiaman. They were laden with rich cargoes as they engaged in trade.
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For those early sea farers, the island’s prominent twin peaks of Nenek Semukut served as an important navigational aid for sailing through the South China Sea, while Tioman itself offered fresh waters, food and shelter from the north-east monsoon.
The ceramics and other relics discovered on Tioman and exhibited in this museum are evidence of maritime trade that once flourished and they show that Tioman served as a trading site where the spices and other natural resources of Southeast Asia could be exchanged for goods from China, India, the Middle East and Europe.
There is evidence that the island has been inhabited for at least the past millenium by a fluctuating human population. Permanent inhabitation has been confined to the coast.
The objects exhibited include 11th to 19th century trade ceramics, coins, maps and sea charts, prints and paintings, and example of the natural resources which were traded in the past. Together, they tell the story of Pulau Tioman when it served as an important link on the maritime trade routes of a by gone era.
How To Get There
» Served by Berjaya Air from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore
» Ferry service ply from Tanjung Gemok, Mersing and Singapore
» RM 1.00 per person – 12 years old and above
» Student with school uniform – Free admission
» Opens daily except Monday
» Close on Monday
» Tuesday – Sunday : 9.30 a.m to 5.00 p.m
» Friday : 9.30 a.m to 12.30 p.m / 2.45 p.m to 5.00 p.m
Address & Contact Information
TIOMAN ISLAND MUSEUM
Sudut Muzium Pulau Tioman
Pahang Darul Makmur
Tel: 609-419 1360