Time Tunnel Museum Cameron Highlands

The Time Tunnel Museum is under the radar for many visitors who go up to Cameron Highlands! Even though it’s been around for more than a decade!

Because the main highlight of Cameron Highlands is the greenery outside! That means farms, tea plantations and gardens! Why would you stay indoors unless it’s raining?

But what exactly are you missing out if you skip this gallery? Is it even worth going to? We will cover all the necessities below in this post!

Table of contents:

History Of The Time Tunnel Museum

Started in February, 2007 by passionate antique collector, See Kok Shan:

The Time Tunnel Museum was one of the first museums in Malaysia to have the memorabilia concept that can now be found in other states like Malacca, Penang and Ipoh!

Time Tunnel Museum
Time Tunnel Museum – photo credits to fatinsuhaili_ (Instagram)

See himself grew up in Cameron Highlands. And there’s a great deal of old photographs that show how Cameron Highlands has changed throughout the years!

Time Tunnel Museum was the result of a partnership between Kok Lim Strawberry Farm and See so that he could share his private collection of old treasures with the world!

What Is On Display Here?

History and nostalgia is the main theme at Time Tunnel Musuem as you will surely notice from their exhibits!

Pantry And Crockery Display At Time Tunnel Museum
Pantry And Crockery Display At Time Tunnel Museum – photo credits to suriasyazana (Instagram)

The extensive collection is spread over 2 floors of the building and consists of the following curiosities:

  • Old photographs of orang asli – indigenous Malay tribes that were living in Cameron Highlands long before the British came to Melaya
  • Set ups of typical daily scenes back in the old days
  • All sorts of old advertising posters, brands and logos
Soda Brands Seen At Time Tunnel Museum
Soda Brands Seen At Time Tunnel Museum – photo credits to suriasyazana (Instagram)
  • What Cameron Highlands was like before the Habu Dam was built
  • A historical timeline of Cameron Highlands from when it was first discovered by William Cameron in 1885. And how it gradually became a hill resort during the 1920s.
  • Evidence of the Emergency Period.
  • Articles on Jim Thompson’s mysterious disappearance in Cameron Highlands back in 1967

Time Tunnel Museum Location

If you don’t drive too fast:

You’ll probably spot the museum as it’s on the same side of the road as Kok Lim Strawberry Farm when you drive out from Tanah Rata to go to Brinchang!

The museum is housed in a warehouse next to the strawberry farm.

Parking is by the road in front of the museum. Slots are limited.

Location: Cameron Highland, 39000 Brinchang, Pahang

Opening Hours: 9am to 6pm

Time Tunnel Museum Entrance Fee

It doesn’t cost much to enter the museum so you can bring your whole family! There is no time limit to how long you can stay either!

Entrance Fees: RM6 (Adult), RM4 (Child)

Time Tunnel Museum Review

For the price, it’s worth having a look!

However, if you don’t have much time up in Cameron Highlands, you might want to read this section carefully!

Time Tunnel Museum In Cameron Highlands
Time Tunnel Museum In Cameron Highlands – photo credits to shrekinah (Instagram)

What You’ll Like:

  • The older generation have an opportunity to relive their childhood to their children and grandchildren – Family bonding experience!
Family bonding at the Time Tunnel Musuem in Cameron Highlands
Family bonding at the Time Tunnel Musuem in Cameron Highlands – photo credits to lepetitjunya (Instagram)
  • Younger generations get to appreciate what everyday life was like in the past, without the modern conveniences of today!
  • It’s interesting to see how well-known household brands evolved throughout the years!
oy playing with antiques at the Time Tunnel Musuem in Cameron Highlands
Boy playing with antiques at the Time Tunnel Musuem in Cameron Highlands – photo credits to lepetitjunya (Instagram)
  • Attention to details is apparent in the setups and displays
  • Learn about the journey to Malaysia’s independence besides the history of Cameron Highlands
  • Strawberry juice at the farm next door is half priced after your visit
  • There is a small rabbit enclosure outside the museum that will delight the kids
Old Packaging For Famous Household Brands Seen At Time Tunnel Museum
Old Packaging For Famous Household Brands Seen At Time Tunnel Museum – photo credits to lynnshafina (Instagram)

What You Won’t Like:

  • Does not include any photos or documents from WWII

Good To Know:

  • Takes 30 minutes to 1 hour (or even up to 2 hours) to explore and take photos!

Attractions Near To Time Tunnel Museum

Since you’re in the area, you might as well check out these attractions too!

All of which are just a short drive away!

1. Kok Lim Strawberry Farm (Next Door)

If you haven’t had a chance to pick strawberries at a strawberry farm in Cameron Highlands yet, here’s an opportunity!

It’s not as frequented as the other strawberry farms so you might be able to find some nice strawberries here!

Kok Lim Strawberry Farm
Kok Lim Strawberry Farm – photo from their Facebook

You can acquire a strawberry 3-in-1 coffee and tea bags from their gift shop.

Rates for picking their strawberries: Every 500g costs RM30

Note: Quite steep in some places

2. Cactus Point (2 Minutes’ Drive)

This is the place to go if you want to see lots of cacti! It’s free to enter and some of the cacti here are older than 20 years!

Cactus Point at Cameron Highlands
Cactus Point – photo credits to nimbusneil (Instagram)

There are cacti, succulents, gardening supplies and many types of other plants for sale!

Note: Can be quite crowded on weekends

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3. Gunung Brinchang Jungle Walk No. 1 (3 Minutes’ Drive)

There are guided tours for this trail that take you up to the Mossy Forest. But you can also do it on your own if you have sufficient experience hiking in a Malaysian jungle before!

Early Morning Mossy Forest at Cameron Highlands
Early Morning Mossy Forest at Cameron Highlands

You just need to use an offline map from the app, Maps.Me to locate the entrance and start your hike!

The boardwalk makes it easier to see the forest (protecting the fragile root system as well) but it can be slippery so move with caution!

If you go early in the morning, it’s pretty chilly! Do wear long pants and have a rainproof jacket!

Note: You won’t see anything from the top unless it’s a clear day!

4. Farmers Arcade Cameron Highlands (1 Minute Drive)

Gardening enthusiasts must stop here as the flowers and plants are sold at really good rates! There is a lot of variety to choose from!

The garden and displays are lovely too and they have a small café where you can get some coffee and treats! Strawberry ice cream, anyone?

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Getting To Time Tunnel Museum From Ipoh

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Conclusion

Time Tunnel Museum in Brinchang, Cameron Highlands is worth a visit if you have at least an hour to spare in your Cameron Highlands Trip!

Learn how Cameron Highlands got to the way it is today! And more!

The museum houses numerous memorabilia from the 50s to 80s that will surely take older Malaysians into a sentimental trip down memory lane!

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