The Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Museum was officially launched on 25th October 2003 by Tan Sri Professor Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Abu Hassan Othman, the first Vice-Chancellor of UMS. The Museum was inspired by Tan Sri Professor Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Abu Hassan Othman, whose relentless dedication and contributions have seen the University through multiple stages of development. The purpose of the Museum’s establishment is reflected through the modest but invaluable collection of exhibits and artifacts that hold valuable history and are symbolic to UMS. It is a portrayal of the efforts, contributions and sacrifices made throughout the years by various authorities and individuals towards the development of the University since its establishment on 24th November 1994. Apart from charting the decade-long achievements of the University, the Museum serves to instill a sense of belonging and pride, not only amongst the campus community, but also the people of Sabah and Malaysia as a whole. It was established to inspire and cultivate values of excellence for the intellectual, spiritual and emotional benefits of the future generation.
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UMS ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH GALLERY
UMS Academic and Research Gallery was established to showcase the various research and academic excellence in the areas of engineering, science and technology, economics and business, literary, art and so on. This gallery is a showcase of research by academicians of faculties and institutes in UMS. Materials on display include the results of ongoing research and research that have won awards and gained recognition at home and abroad.
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MARINE AQUARIUM AND MUSEUM
Located at a scenic seafront, the Marine-Aquarium-Museum complex houses colourful and beautiful marine life. It is one of the key components of Marine BioValley of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) dedicated to inspiring ocean conservation through education, research, innovation and exploration. Learning about marine life is more interactive, interesting, and worth enjoying in a real life situation. It instills a sense of respect towards marine environment and inculcates an understanding on the importance of marine environment for mankind.The display inside the aquarium section exhibits an ecosystem with its complex communities of organisms interacting in their environment that calls for a unique learning experience. This excellent education tool helps develop an understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things and awareness that the sea is an integral part of our existence, needing protection.
The atrium leads into a deep dive diorama that gives a visual sensation of being beneath the waves and at the sea floor. Surrounded by rich marine biodiversity in an environment of dark deep sea cave and ship wrecks that tell a tale. Visitors experience a fascinating atmosphere in the aquarium when they are face to face with the ocean life and are entertained by the unique behaviour of living corals, clams, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, shrimp, fish and turtle among other groups. This produces admiration and a passionate love for marine life.
The museum section offers close viewing of the fossils of marine flora and fauna, including seaweeds, corals, turtles and marine mammals. A mangrove walk area reminds visitors of the need to conserve and rehabilitate this remarkable coastal vegetation. An illustrated book on Marine BioValley that serves as a guide to the aquarium and provides information on marine life of Sabah is available for sale at the entrance.
Among the facilities available at AMUMS are:
a) Sipadan Island Deep Dive diorama
b) Marine Aquarium
c) Marine Museum
d) Mini Theater Room
e) Ocean Outreach Corner
f) Mangrove Walk and Fresh Water Pool
THE MUSEUM OF MEDICINE
The Museum of Medicine is one of the attractions available at Universiti Malaysia Sabah. The museum is under the supervision of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FPSK) and was inaugurated on 14 April 2010. Inspired by the former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Professor Dr. Osman Ali who was the first Dean; the museum was established to educate visitors on the structure of human body.
The museum displays a collection of anatomical exhibits (specimen and mannequin) divided into 10 systems, namely;
• Urinary and Reproductive System
• Nervous and Endocrine System
• Blood Lymphatic System
• Gastrointestinal System
• Tissue and Cell Metabolism
• Musculoskeletal System
• Cardiovascular System
• Microbiology and Respiratory System
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The Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ITBC) is a research institute of Universiti Malaysia Sabah to promote and carry out research on the biodiversity of tropical flora and fauna.
BORNEENSIS, the natural history collection of ITBC was form in 2005 to be a reference collection for the biodiversity of flora and fauna in Borneo, aiming to support and assist the research, teaching and learning about biodiversity.
BORNEENSIS Gallery is a new existing facility at Institute for Tropical Biology & Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sabah. Developed in 2015, the gallery is aimed at highlighting the various research activities conducted by ITBC in the field of tropical biology and conservation, a sustainable utilization of biological resources. Specifically, the four research focus of ITBC are accentuated, namely (1) Biodiversity and Systematic, (2) Ecological processes, (3) Advancement of Biodiversity and (4) Nature Tourism.
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