Tanjung Balau Fishermen Museum
Muzium Nelayan

Tanjung Balau Fishermen Museum, or Muzium Nelayan, is a spacious museum on the beachfront at Tanjung Balau in Kota Tinggi District of Johor.

It was opened in 1992 near the site of a former fishing village. 

Exhibits include actual fishing boats and nets, boat models, dioramas, posters, films etc. 

The museum is divided into a number of galleries:

  • Fisherman’s Gallery looks at the traditional life of fishermen, such as the superstitions they followed to ensure a safe trip, the types of boats and rafts they used, their equipment such as nets, tackle and tools.
  • Geology Gallery shows over 100 types of stones and rocks.
  • Sea Gallery concerns navigation, communications and safety at sea.
  • Desaru Shipwreck Gallery provides information on wrecks in the area including a junk which sank in the 1830s with a large cargo of Chinese blue and white porcelain and other items bound for Europe.

Outside the museum is the public beach area with a wide expanse of grass for playing ball games or having picnics. Kite flying is a popular activity on this beach. 

Opening Hours and Admission Fee

Open Daily 9am -6pm.

Entrance Fee:

Adult RM 4

How to Get to Tanjung Balau Fishermen Museum

I have marked the exact location on the map on my Top Johor Attractions page.

Address: Tanjung Balau Fisherman Museum, 81930 Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia

Tel: +60 12-972 6791


1°36'53.6"N 104°15'28.4"E

1.614900, 104.257890


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