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    Museums Galore in Old City

    by machomikemd Written Jun 24, 2014
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    Melaka can accurately be described as Museum Central as there are many musuems along the Old City, ranging from around Jonker Walk and it's Environs (Baba and Nyonya Musuem, Admiral Cheng Ho Museum various Chinese Temple Musuems), Dutch Square and the Stadhuys (The Stadthuys Musuem, Malaysia Youth Museum & Melaka Art Gallery), Jalan Merdeka (Maritime Musuem), Jalan Kota (Museum of Literature, Melaka Stamps Museum, Malaysia Architectural Museum, Islamic Museum, The Malay & Islamic World Museum, Malacca Sultanate Palace), Jalan Paramesawa (Proclamation of Independence Memorial Musuem), St Paul Hill (Museum of History, Ethnography and Literature, Governor's Mansion and Museum).

    There are other musuems around the old city!

    Most Museums have admission prices and are open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

    I Did not include areas outside of the old City like Little India or Bukit China or Ayer Keroh.

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    The Cheng Ho Cultural Museum

    by IreneMcKay Updated Nov 26, 2013

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    We walked past this museum and stopped to take some photos of the statues outside. The museum focuses on the life and voyages of Chinese Muslim Admiral Cheng Ho, also known as Zhenghe. From my guidebook description the museum sounds good but we did not have time to spare for a visit.

    The museum is open from 9am -6pm Mon-Thurs and from 9am to 7pm Fri-Sun. Admission is 20 RM.

    It is located at 51 Lg Hang Jebat.

    Nearby the Cheng Ho Museum is the Orangatan House an arty shop which sells lots of interesting T-shirts.

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    The Malacca Club

    by IreneMcKay Updated Nov 26, 2013

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    This club was built by the British in 1912. It is another example of the Moorish architectural style they often adopted here. The building is now the Independence Memorial Museum. Outside it was a posh limousine used by one of Melaka's governors and some armoured vehicles used in the struggle for independence from Britain.

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    The Maritime Museum

    by IreneMcKay Written Oct 19, 2013

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    From the little fort mentioned in my last tip we walked past the huge water wheel - another photo opportunity - along the waterfront to the Maritime Museum.

    Part of the museum is set inside a huge wooden ship and part of it is across the road. We did not go in, though I notice from the photos of our first visit that we went in on that occasion. My husband claims he remembers this visit. I am afraid I don't. Museums in Melaka are very cheap to visit. I personally seldom visit museums unless in the right mood.

    Admission 2RM
    Open 9am t0 5.30pm.

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    Historical Museum (Old Town Hall)

    by Airpunk Written Mar 31, 2013

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    The old town hall was built between 1641 and 1660 is is probably the oldest preserved building of Dutch origin in Asia. It was used by the Dutch and later British colonial authorities and after Malaysia's independence, regional authorities moved in. Until 1979, it was used for the local administration. Today, it houses the Historical and Ethnographic museum which I would regard as the best in the Melaka. For just a handful of ringgit, you will get an overview over Melaka's history and all the ethnies which had an influence on the city. Beside that, you would walk through the old town hall and admire the details of Dutch architecture in this part of the world, including some smaller buildings such as the former bakery. Plan this as part of your Melaka trip and calculate around two hours for your visit. As with most of the good museums, this one charges a low entry fee (2 RM as of 2010) to enable tourists and locals alike to learn about the country's history.

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    History and Ethnography Museum

    by deeper_blue Written Sep 21, 2012

    The museum is located on the Melaka Square, in the Dutch Stadthuys. Inside you get a rundown on the history and culture of the town and the many influences upon it. It's well worth a look around, very educational with lots of cool displays.
    Entry is 5 ringit and it's open from 9 to 5.30

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    Governors Museum

    by Mikebb Updated Jan 29, 2012

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    Governors Museum

    This museum, formerly being the official home of the Dutch Governors during the 17th century is now used as a museum. We noticed it when we visited St Paul's Church ruins on top of the hill.

    Located a few hundred metres down the hill it is a most impressive building. We did not have time to visit.

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    The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

    by berenices Updated Nov 13, 2011

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    The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

    The Baba Nyonya culture came about from from the intermarriage between early Chinese settlers in the Malacca straits and local Malays. This private museum showcases the heritage of the Baba Nyonyas with its richly decorated interior and where each facet of the house has an interesting story to tell. Heeren street was where, during the Dutch times, the high officials lived, and later on where the wealthy Baba Nyonya merchants had their residence. The museum was actually lived in by the owners and was only quite recently turned over to become wholly a museum. Worth visiting, and spending a leisurely one hour in.

    Be sure to catch the guided tour, as one can easily miss details and the meanings and uses associated with certain objects. Taking photos are not allowed, and note that the museum closes for lunch break between 1230 and 2pm. Entrance tickets cost the equivalent of about 1 euro. There is a small souvenir shop in the museum, but the souvenirs are the low-value kind.

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    Proclamation of Independence Memorial

    by mansionion Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Proclamation of Independence Memorial

    As the proclamation of Malaya's indepedance from British rule was held at Padang Bandar Hilir, Melaka by the nation's first Prime Minister Tengku Abdul Rahman Putra, the Proclamation of Independence Memorial is a fitting tribute to this occasion.

    The Memorial is housed in a historic building which used to be the club house for the 'Malacca Club' during the colonial days. The building is just opposite the Padang Bandar Hilir where the Proclamation of Independance was made on 20 February 1956. The building was built in 1911 and its architectural design is a mixture of both local and British influence.

    The Proclamation of Independence Memorial was officiated by Tengku Abdul Rahman Putra himself on 31 August 1985 when Melaka hosted the National Level Independance Day celebration . The exhibits in the Memorial cover the period of the Melaka Sultanate till the achievement of Independence in 1957 with the emphasis on the subject of struggle for self-rule and independence.

    Free entrance.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
    Friday - 9.00 am to 12.00 noon and 3.00 pm to 6.00
    Closed on Monday except during school and public holidays

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    Maritime Museum Melaka

    by aussirose Updated Sep 11, 2010

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    In my research on Melaka I hadn't picked up on this tip. This ship looked just lovely. It was later that I found out that it is the Maritime Museum. Now I'm not big on Museums however I wish that we could have had a look......but again, no time.

    Reading about it - the ship is a replica of the 'Flora de La Mar', a Portuguese ship that sank off the coast of Melaka while on its way to Portugal, carrying loot plundered from Melaka.

    The more I learn about Melaka the more I am interested in the history of the place. So next time this Museum will be on my 'must see' list.

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    Sultanate Palace

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 22, 2010

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    The Sultanate Palace is an exquisite piece of Malay architecture and is a replica of the original 15th century palace of Malacca's extinct Sultanate. The palace was built between 1984 and 1986 without the use of any nails based on sketches found in the ancient Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals). It houses the Malacca Cultural Museum which is well worth a visit that exhibits many Sultanate scenes, costumes, jewellery, musical instruments and display dioramas on the different traders that used to visit here.

    Open: 9am-5.30pm. Admission: RM2.

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    Maritime Museum - Flor de la Mar

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 22, 2010

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    The Maritime Museum is housed in the Flor de la Mar, a 34m tall replica, built in 1990, of a Portuguese vessel that sank on its way back to Europe in the 16th century.

    Open: 9am-6pm daily. Admission: RM3 (which also Royal Malaysian Navy Museum just across the street)

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    Maritime Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 22, 2010

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    The Maritime Museum along Jalan Quayside by the banks of the Malacca River, is housed in a life-size replica of the Flor de la Mar, a Portuguese galleon which sank in the Malacca Harbour in the 16th century.

    Inside this museum are dioramas and intricately designed ship models. Apart from giving detailed descriptions of Malaccan history, there is also a map featuring charts dating back to the times when the Portuguese were a seafaring nation that conquered the world.

    Open: 9am-6pm daily. Admission: RM3 (which also Royal Malaysian Navy Museum just across the street)

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    Royal Malaysian Navy Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 22, 2010

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    This museum sits opposite the Maritime Museum which is included in the admission price. It exhibits model ships from the Royal Malaysian Navy plus uniforms, a helicopter, radio equipment, weapons and some very big guns! Outside is a decommissioned Royal Malaysian Navy Patrol Boat.

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    Malay and Islamic World Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 22, 2010

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    Of all the museums at the foot of St Paul's Hill, this is the one you should visit. Housed in Bastion House, built in 1910 for the British rubber company Dunlop, the museum exhibits Malayan textiles, clothing, an incredible array of jewellery and a vast collection of old irons plus musical instruments and weapons.

    Open: 9am-5.30pm. Admission: RM1.

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