The Muzium Lukut was established in an effort to preserve the glorious past history of Lukut and its fort. At the museum, visitors have the opportunity to learn more about Lukut's history from the early 19th century to 1880 when it was established as a district of Sungai Ujong in Negri Sembilan. The museum also has a gallery showcasing the cultures and customs of the Minangkabau, the colonial and post-war era and the history of Undang Luak.
Exhibits here include artifacts unearthed at Fort Lukut such as coins, spain shillings, compass ring, pewter spoon, musket of varying sizes, blue and white porcelain pieces from the Qing Dynasty, stoneware plate shards from Thailand, 18th century European porcelain plate shards, clay floor tiles and Zelfpotten (North European kind of ceramic) used for medicinal purposes.
The Nassau Gallery here is specialy dedicated to exhibit the artifacts recovered from the Nassau, a battleship belonging to the Dutch East Indies Company which sank at Tanjung Tuan during the Battle of Cape Rachado on August 18, 1606. This is the battle fought between Dutch and Portuguese to control Melaka.
Opening Hours :
9am - 6pm daily on working days.
Entrance is free.
Within Kota Lukut's compound is this royal well which used to be only accesible by the fort's royal household.
The well was fenced all around and watched over all hours by the guards - this is to avoid the well from being poisoned. It is not suprising though as located just a short distance from the fort is another well that is poisoned - those who tresspassed the fort were put to death at the poison well.
Lukut prosper because of tin mining activities and the fort was specifically build as a base to oversee the thriving tin business and the tin mining community.
The remains of structures that can be seen within the fort include the royal house (Raja Wok's house), a martial art court, a pond and the counting house - a two-storey building in the middle of the fort where the 'king sat in the counting house, counting all his money'.
However, internal conflicts and gradual depletion of tin deposits at the district's tin mines made it increasingly difficult for the Ruler to manage Lukut. By 1877, Lukut's economy had deteriorated so much that the Ruler could no longer afford to maintain the fort and was later abandoned and reduced to a state of ruins until the Museum Department rehabilitated the site in the 1970s.
Favorite thing: I visited Lukut once to snap some photos at the old Lukut fort but I lost all of them, therefore I couldn't build this page yet but until next time. Lukut is a small town under Port Dickson district of Negeri Sembilan state and just few minutes away to see the Straits of Melacca.