Have you ever been curious about the history of the Belait district but didn’t know where to look?

Opened in July 2016, the Belait Museum along Jalan Maulana contains all you need to know under one roof.

Before it was turned into a museum, the building was the official residence of the Assistant British Resident and was later used by the Belait District Officer until 1990. It also served as a banquet hall during His Majesty the Sultan’s visits to the district.

If you’re planning a visit to the Bealit Museum, here’s what you can expect:

1. Cultural heritage (Galeri Warisan Budaya)

This is the largest gallery in the museum which provides information on the culture of the four indigenous tribes in the district — the Belait, Dusun, Iban and Penan.

Belait Museum: A history of Belait under one roof

Photo: Sutera / Safwan Sulaiman

2. History of the Belait district (Galeri Sejarah)

This gallery outlines the history of development and administration of the Belait district from 1907 to 1928.

Belait Museum: A history of Belait under one roof

Photo: Sutera / Safwan Sulaiman

3. History of the oil and gas industry

In this gallery, the history of oil and gas industry is explained, from the start of oil exploration in 1911 to the discovery of oil in Seria in 1929.

Belait Museum: A history of Belait under one roof

Photo: Sutera / Safwan Sulaiman

4. Natural heritage (Galeri Warisan Alam Semula Jadi)

This display showcases the diverse array of wildlife that can be found within Belait such as hornbills, sea turtles, water birds, monitor lizards and spinner dolphins.

Belait Museum: A history of Belait under one roof

Photo: Sutera / Safwan Sulaiman

5. Temporary gallery

This gallery highlights the Sultan’s visits to the Belait District during his annual birthday celebrations dating back to 1970, with a further expansion planned to include photos from 2016 onwards.

Belait Museum: A history of Belait under one roof

Photo: Sutera / Safwan Sulaiman

The museum is open between Saturday to Wednesday, from 9am to 5pm.  Closed every Thursday and Friday. Admission is free.