Perak Museum, Taiping

Perak Museum is the oldest museum institution in the country. The building was built on the efforts Resident of Perak, Sir Hugh Low. The museum building was built in stages. There are three blocks, namely Block A (main block) facing Jalan Taming Sari, while Block B and Block C overlooking Jalan Museum. A Block building was built in 1883 and only began to be used in 1886. The impact of the proliferation of Perak Museum building which stages have been made in such form shaped building ‘L’.

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The architecture of the building is neo-classical influences shaped elements of symmetry as typically buildings in Europe. Priorities focused on the front of the building that has looked porch. Balancing on each side of the vertical and horizontal are emphasized. Features architectural facade museum also borrowed architectural elements of classical Greek and Roman times such as the pediment, entablature and motif pillars.

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Conservation work on the museum building was implemented in stages. Three phases have been implemented so that visitors can still visit the museum although conservation work being carried out project which began in December 2007, taking the period of 14 months to complete.

Major conservation works the museum building is scraping and painting the entire wall structure and demolish the old toilets to maintain the original appearance of the building. The new toilets were built contrary to Block C. The use of air conditioners is to centralize Block A and Block B, Block C while using a split-type air conditioning unit. Other works is the pillar repair buildings damaged in Block A and B. Opening panels windows are closed before this to prevent the entry of light into the building. Repairing laboratory, which is located behind the building, Block A. The roof of the original building has been converted into a museum of corrugated sheet metal to prevent leaks in the long run. Cabinets located in Block B and C be repaired in-situ because of the difficulty to open and replace. All the artifacts and collections have been removed during the conservation work carried out and stored in a temporary cabin has disediakan.Manakala collections and artifacts that are not produced have been covered with boxes over time. Final work is the beautification of the landscape surrounding the museum building.

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