WHAT TO DISCOVER WHEN BEING IN PERAK:

  1. Kellie’s Castle
  2. Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge Ship and Heritage Museum
  3. The Lost World of Tambun
  4. Ipoh Heritage Trail
    From Railway Station to The Birch Memorial Clock Tower
  5. Lenggong Archaelogical Gallery
  6. Kuala Kangsar Heritage Trail
    From Istana Iskandariah to Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah
  7. Lunch at Ayam Penyet AP at Mydin Meru Raya Hypermarket
    Introducing the Latest Product of Touch ‘N’ Go: MyPass
  8. Heritage House “Muzium Gopeng”
  9. Kinta Tin Mining (Gravel Pump) Museum

 

KINTA TIN MINING (GRAVEL PUMP) MUSEUM

Mention Ipoh and Perak, the word tin will definitely appear in a Malaysian’s mind. Located in Kampar, Kinta Tin Mining Museum attractively displays tin mining artefacts, life-sized mannequins dressed in yesteryear’s tin miners’ attire and the traditional methods to obtain this precious ore. This one-year old museum is a brilliant display of artefacts and relics from the tin mining days. This museum was opened to the public at the end of October 2012 and was set up by Tan Sri Hew See Tong, a former tin miner.

Kampar was once a thriving tin mining town in Perak, the fallen price of the tin in the world market in the 1980’s quickly put an end to its once illustrious past. The display gallery is divided into two large rooms that exhibit old photos and small tools, tableaux representing kitchen and dining area, including a trading shop. At the centre of the gallery is the statue of Larut, the pet elephant belonging to Long Ja’afar (the first person who found tin in Perak) in the 1800’s. The story has it that the elephant had stumbled upon tin deposits near Taiping that later was discovered by Long Ja’afar.

There are also large models of open-cast mines, where visitors can press buttons to light up various parts of the models to understand more about them. At the museum’s outdoor compound, actual tin mining machinery and equipment are displayed together with life-sized mannequins to demonstrate the various jobs done by tin miners of the past.

Located along Jalan Batu Karang at the junction of Bandar Baru Kampar, it opens everyday from Monday to Friday at 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and weekends at 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free and visitors are welcomed to chip in donation.

Kinta Tin Mining (Gravel Pump) Museum
Address: Lot 126026, Jalan Batu Karang
Taman Bandar Baru 31900 Kampar, Perak
Tel: +6 05 466 2632
Latitude:  04° 19.584’   Longitude : 101° 08.787’

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