Time Tunnel Cameron Highlands is a fascinating museum in Brinchang exhibiting a vast horde of memorabilia, artefacts and collectables from days gone by.
The collection has been curated by See Kok Shan, a Cameron Highlander with a passion for collecting artefacts from the early days of Cameron Highlands itself.
The museum opened in 2007, in a warehouse adjacent to a strawberry farm on the main road on the outskirts of Brinchang.
Time Tunnel describes itself as a journey back in time, and those who are middle aged or above will recognise familiar items from their younger days.
Exhibits are arranged in themed sections including:
• Orang asli. Photographs and information about the orang asli who inhabited the Cameron Highlands area before the arrival of outsiders.
• Cameron Highlands chronology. A historical timeline that charts the origins of the highlands from their “discovery” in 1885 by William Cameron up until their early development as a hill resort in the 1920s and 1930s.
• Emergency period. Documents and posters from the Malayan Emergency, which lasted from 1948 to 1960.
• Old photos. Black-and-white photos from the 1950s and ‘60s provide a nostalgic reminder of what Cameron Highlands used to be like.
• Jim Thompson. A section is dedicated to the mysterious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Jim Thompson, the American founder of the Thai silk business that still bears his name. He vanished during a walk in the Cameron Highlands in 1967.
• Advertising materials. See has accumulated many collections over the decades but there is a particular strength in advertising materials such as old posters, advertisements and all sorts of items bearing logos, especially soft drink brands, beers, cigarettes and hot drinks.
• Kopitiam. There is a mock-up of a traditional old-style coffee shop with nostalgic music playing in the background.
• Mobile food stall. A bicycle-mounted noodle stall, complete with utensils and ingredients, is on display.
• Barber shop. There is a mock-up of the interior of a typical traditional barber shop with the old-fashioned chair, mirror and accessories.
It is great that See has preserved these everyday items from yesterday for the current and future generations to see. Definitely a highlight of any trip to the Cameron Highlands.
Time Tunnel Cameron Highlands
UT/MR/F-255 Jalan Sungai Burung
Open daily: 9am to 6pm
This article first appeared in Malaysia Traveller.