Agnes Keith House

An old house with a rich history at the western hill of Sandakan town.

After paying the entrance fee, and walk through a small hut that acts like a time travel portal, visitors are transported back in time to a period that resembles the British era of North Borneo from 1930 to 1950. Upon passing a small garden with its well kept lawn, a beautiful and charming British style colonial house appears and it is begging for the visitors to come in for an historical experience. This house,“Newlands”, was once occupied by the Great American writer, Agnes Keith. She even wrote her award winning book, Land Below the Wind which described her Borneo experiences, at this very house. Apart from Land Below the Wind, she also wrote two other books, namely Three Came Home, and White Man Returns. These three books help to promote Borneo and in particularly Sabah tremendously to the Western World. Restoration of the house was started in 2001 by Sabah Museum, and in 2004 the house was opened to the public. In honour of Agnes work the Malaysian government has named the house Agnes Keith House, a special tribute to this award winning American authoress.

Sabah Museum

Learn more about Sabah and Kota Kinabalu history at Sabah Museum.

The Sabah Museum Complex is located on a small hill called the Old Place Hill (Bukit Istana Lama), below the foothill lies the Sembulan river and with the Sabah State government administration complex on the other side of the river. The Old Palace Hill has a magnificent look on the surrounding areas with Queen Elizabeth Hospital on one side, while the State Mosque, Sutera Harbour and the South China Sea on the other side. In this area of 43.3 acres of lush green forest, the Sabah Museum Complex consists of the Museum Proper, Science and Education Centre, ethnobotanic garden, zoological garden and the Heritage Village.