Darul Ridzuan Museum, not to be confused with Perak Museum which is actually in Taiping, is located at Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, just next to the Perak State Secretariat Building. The building itself is a piece of history as it was built in 1926 by a wealthy tin miner in Ipoh. There are eight bedrooms upstairs and two bedrooms downstairs, and on the adjacent of the building are four more bedrooms. All in all, the buildings and garden occupy four acres of land. After all these years, the colonial-style mansion is still well-preserved.
The Perak Museum was built in 1926 by a rich and successful tin miner called Foo Choong Kit. Back then, he built it for his own private domain, and it was once told that forty people were counted to be living in this house, however the house did not stay long with the family. In 1950, it was sold to the Perak Government which utilised these premises to place the administrative centre of its Department of Works. It was not until 1992 that this building finally graduated to become a museum.
This museum was initially a villa built in 1926 for a wealthy Chinese tin miner. The downstairs area of the museum features displays on the history of tin mining, meanwhile the upstairs exhibit on forestry in Perak. The most intriguing is the WWII-era bunkers behind the building. The museum is affected by periodic closures and renovations; check ahead before making a special trip. Situated at Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab the Darul Ridzuan Museum is the only museum in the city of Ipoh. Built some 80 years ago by a rich tin miner, it now houses an interesting collection of historical artifacts on tin mining, nature history and the city of Ipoh. Visitors of the museum can also explore an underground air shelter within its premises which was built by the owner raid prior during World War II.
The visitors can have a walk through the museum and learn about the early history of Perak. Here, the visitors will be introduced to all of the important characters that moulded the state. They will be able to find out who Hugh Low was, and what Swettenham achieved, or whether Clarke made any difference in his policies. There are plenty of pictures of British administrators and rulers who played the enormously significant role in the building of Perak and Malaya. – *