Tanjung Balau Fisherman Museum

The Tanjung Balau Fisherman Museum which is also known as Muzium Nelayan Tanjung Balau in the Malay language is located in the district of Kota Tinggi. This museum is near the many resorts in Desaru and is a good place to visit if you are having your holidays here.

The museum was built and is managed by South-East Johor Development Board or KEJORA. It was first opened to the public in the year 1992 and since then a few galleries have been added. Plan to spend about an hour or more if you want to do some research in this museum.

Muzium Nelayan Tanjung BalauThe entrance to the museum
Tanjung Balau Fisherman MuseumCafeteria

Exhibits at Tanjung Balau Fisherman Museum

Here are some of the exhibits that you will find while at the museum.

  • Traditional Fishermen History shows the way of living of the fishermen in this part of the world. Tools used to build the boats and equipment for fishing are exhibited in this part of the exhibit. You can learn the type of fishes and other marine life via the diorama and posters explaining their characteristics.
  • Geology section exhibits the rocks, corals and the geography of Tanjung Balau.
  • Sea Safety & Marine Communication show the miniature replicas of ships and the communication equipment used in modern fishing. These tools are needed to ensure the safety of navigation when out fishing in the ocean. 
  • Desaru Shipwreck features the artifacts obtained from the sunken ship in the 1840s. The artifacts from China such as porcelain spoons, bowls and potteries are exhibited here.
  • Traditional Boats are exhibited at the outdoor section of this museum. Observe the craftworks and painting of the many boats here.
  • Special exhibition features rotational exhibition such as International Kite Show, Shark Skeleton, Antiques and many others.

A souvenir shop is available for you to purchase before leaving the museum.

Tanjung Balau Kejora History50 Years of KEJORA History
Tanjung Balau Fisherman Village DioramaDiorama of the fishermen village
Tanjung Balau Fisherman Museum Malay HouseA life-sized of a typical Malay house
Fisherman Museum LighthousesSome of the old lighthouses in Malaysia include Cape Rachado in Melaka, Muka Head in Penang, Udan Island in Melaka, Fort Cornwalis in Penang, Rimau Island in Penang and Permatang Sedepa in Selangor
Fisherman Museum Miniature ShipsMiniature of ships including The Titanic are exhibited here
Fisherman Museum Mangrove TreesDiorama of mangrove trees
Fisherman Museum Desaru PotteriesPotteries from Desaru Shipwrecked
Fisherman Boat Tanjung BalauColourful boat design at the outdoor exhibits

Operation Hours & Entrance Fees

Operation Hours

Sunday-Wednesday: 9am-12:30pm, 2pm-4:30pm

Friday: 9am-12:30pm, 2:30pm-5:30pm

Saturday & Public Holidays: 9am-12:30pm, 2pm-5:30pm

It is closed every Thursday and during Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidil Adha holidays.

For locals, the entrance fee is RM5 for adult and RM3 for children from 7-12 years old. Free entrance for senior citizens, retirees and OKU(handicapped).

For foreigners, the entrance fee is RM10 for adult and RM5 for children from 7-12 years old.


Kompleks Pelancongan, Tanjung Balau, 81930 Kota Tinggi, Johor

Further information can be obtained by calling +607-884 3100

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