Time Tunnel (museum)

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Time Tunnel (museum)
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Malaysia's first memorabilia museum.
Time Tunnel (museum)
EstablishedJanuary 2007
LocationUT/MR/F-255, Jalan Sungei Burung, 39100, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. 4°29′41″N101°23′32″E / 4.49472°N 101.39222°E / 4.49472; 101.39222
Type Collectibles and Memorabilia museum.
Collection size4,000+ objects showcased in eight galleries. Exhibition area:1,300 square metres.
CuratorSee Kok Shan
Public transit accessBus: Tanah Rata bus station.
Taxi: Tanah Rata bus/taxi station or
Brinchang town taxi stand.
Nearest parkingOn site.
Website www.timetunnel.cameronhighlands.com

The Time Tunnel is Malaysia's first memorabilia museum. Located in Brinchang, it is one of the main attractions of the Cameron Highlands.


Established in January 2007, the museum is filled with more than 4,000 collectibles and memorabilia. They are showcased in eight galleries covering an area of approximately 1,300 square metres.

Collection highlights

Aborigine Section

This area captures the lifestyle of the resort's natives (Orang Asli). Their tools, traps and handicrafts are exhibited on the floor and on the walls.

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Location map of TIME TUNNEL museum.

'Barber Shop'

The 'barber shop' is equipped with mirrors, straight razors, scissors, hair sprays, shavers, hair dryers, clippers, curlers and a broad range of combs. The walls are plastered with posters that were once used to promote barbering. The showpiece of this "shop" is the barber chair. It is more than 50 years old.

Children’s Corner

This space is filled with blackboards, school uniforms, furniture, counting aids and a variety of toys. Nearby is a cabinet that displays memorabilia like fountain pens, erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers, textbooks and school badges.

‘Coffee Shop’

Resembling an old eatery (’kopi tiam’), this setup comes complete with a cashier's counter, stools, tables, mirrors, ashtrays, matchboxes, chopsticks, spittoons, coffee cups and a collection of soft drinks. The drinks here are not for sale.

The museum is filled with memorabilia that serve as a reminder of what life was like in Malaysia during the pre-War years. TIME TUNNEL museum2.jpg
The museum is filled with memorabilia that serve as a reminder of what life was like in Malaysia during the pre-War years.

Collectibles & Memorabilia

The list of collectibles and memorabilia is endless. There are more than 4,000 objects on display. They range from gramophones to jewellery pieces.

Jim Thompson Corner

The niche is tucked at the midpoint of the museum. It covers an area of approximately 10 square metres. Most of the items on exhibit are a reminiscence of Jim Thompson who disappeared from the Cameron Highlands on Sunday, 26 March 1967.

Kitchen Area

Located along the ledge of the unit's second level is the kitchen area. This is a place where time virtually comes to a stand still. [1] Here you will find an oddball mix of kerosene stoves, frying pans, crockery items, woks, chili pounders, firewood, meat safes, charcoal stoves, meat grinders and tiffin carriers.

The museum is known for its assortment of old photographs. It has an inventory of more than 1,000 images which include photographs of:

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The Photo Section
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The 'Coffee Shop'
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The Children's Section
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The Jim Thompson Corner


The museum was visited by Miss Hong Kong 2008 (Ms Edelweiss Cheung), 1st and 2nd runners-up (Ms Skye Chan and Ms Sia Ma) during their tour of Malaysia in August 2008. Their visitation was organised by Hong Kong's Television Broadcasts Limited, Tourism Malaysia and Hong Thai Travel Services.

In June 2018, the museum opened a second space in Ipoh known as the Time Tunnel Ipoh Old Town museum. [2] One of its early visitors was HE Andrew Goledzinowski, the Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia. [3]

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