Another museum at the foot of St Paul's Hill, this museum showcases historical exhibits related to the founding and struggles. Among the items displayed are old photographs, letters and other documents. The reason to site the museum in Malacca is, among others, because Umno was founded in that state. Also, being the brainchild of Malacca Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, it is part of the plan to build 21 museums in Malacca - certainly a plan that pushes for quantity over quality.
Open: 9am-5.30pm. Admission: RM1.
This museum is housed in the former office building of the Melaka Islamic Council (Majlis Agama Islam Melaka - MAIM). The interior of the museum carries the Islamic motif inspired by Islam during the Malacca Sultanate. The exhibits in the museum are arranged in chronological order, to tell the story of the spread of Islam to Malacca, then thereafter to the rest of Malaysia.
Open: 9am-5.30pm. Admission: RM1.
The Museum of Architecture is yet another of the many museums along Jalan Kota, at the foot of St Paul's Hill in Bandar Hilir, Malacca. It exhibits many scale models of famous Malaysian architectural buildings as well as plans and photos. Quite interesting if you're into this kind of thing.
Open: 9am-6pm. Admission: Free.
This museum showcases artefacts related to Admiral Cheng Ho in the context of Malacca history, the early cultural exchange between the locals and the Chinese, a model treasure ship, navigational instruments, and even a teahouse, among others.
The Museum is located on what, according to the museum, is claimed to be the site of warehouses belonging to Admiral Cheng Ho - though the museum carefully states that more study needs to be carried out to substantiate the claim. Another claim linking Bukit China to Admiral Cheng Ho, on the account that the hill was called Sampo Hill is also in question, as there has not been any proof of Cheng Ho ever being at the hill.
Open: 9am-6pm. Admission: RM20.
The Governor's Museum is housed in the Seri Melaka, the former official residence and office of the Dutch Governor of Malacca on St Paul's Hill. The building was used as the official residence of the Tuan Yang Terutama, which is the title of the governor, until September 1996. The museum showcases the personal belongings of the various governors of Malacca since independence, beginning with the first Governor of Malacca, Tun Leong Yew Koh. Outside is a Daimler car bought in 1974 for three governors until 1986.
Open: 9am-5.30pm daily. Admission: RM5.
This museum lies half way up St Paul's Hill behind the Stadthuys. It exhibits the democratic history of Malacca over the centuries that was brought here by the Europeans. It also charts the future the government in the region but isn't all that interesting.
The Museum of History and Ethnography is arguably the best museum in Malacca. It is located within the Stadthuys, at the foot of St Paul's Hill facing the Dutch Square. If you have time to see only one museum on your visit, this is the one you should not miss. It is in this museum that the history of Malacca is unfolded for you step by step, beginning with the establishment of Malacca, the Malacca Sultanate, the Portuguese, Dutch and British occupation, the Japanese occupation, and finally the years leading towards independence. It provides an interesting glimpse into the history of the various ethnic groups that make up the fabric of Malacca society, including the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Peranakan, Chitty and Eurasians. Various aspects of each culture is portrayed including wedding ceremonies, musical instruments, and so on.
Built in 1990 and housed in a faithful recreation of the Flora de la Mar, a Portugese galleon that sank off the coast of Malacca, the Maritime Museum is another museum well worth a visit.
There are old maps, scale-model ships, weaponry and nautical-related accessories and relics.
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:30
I loved the Muzium Seni Bina - the Architecture Museum of Malaysia. Located down in the Heritage area of Melaka there were not many people there on the day I was visiting.
Perhaps not knowing too much about the history of Malaysia was what made this museum so interesting for me. Also that the previous day I had visited the Little Malaysia Village and had seen so many styles of building. Put these two together and you have a nice architectural history of the place.
From St Paul’s Hill, you can catch a glimpse of this unique Maritime Museum that is shaped like a Portuguese ship. The Flora De La Mar is a Portuguese ship that sank off the Coast of Malacca, but it was salvaged by the Malaccan Heritage association.
A vessel-typed museum is a reflection of a Portuguese vessel that sank off Malacca coast. Knowing that it is a museum actually surprised me. Admission fee: Adult RM2, Children RM0.50. Closed on Tuesdays.
Quiet a large part of the is dedicated to the Dutch controlled times of Malaysia during the time of the Dutch Overseas Company that operated ship lines between the Netherlands and Malaysia. For me a visit to Malaysia is connected with direct historical links to South Africa, since many slaves arrived in Cape Town from this part of the world during the times of Dutch control. Hence the Malay Quarters in Cape Town thousands of miles away from Malaysia.
One display of the museum is the colonial powers that occupied this part of Malaysia, from the Portuguese times, to the Dutch times, the British who took later control and the Japanese who occupied Malaysia during World War II. For me personally it is amazing how this country developed to such a modern state looking at the history and colonial oppression.
The old Governors museum houses today an interesting museum about the history and the colonial times of this city. A nice collection of art works and historical items make this a must visit attraction.
A beautiful courtyard can be seen inside the old Stadthuys. The origins are still from the Dutch who built this house and are well maintained and kept in order. Imagine the spendour and wealth the Dutch Governor lived in at the end of the 17th century.