We all like going to museum as it gives us a walk through of history and we add a lot to our knowledge. Being a historical place & UNESCO world heritage site, Melaka is a home of number of museums and Maritime Museum is one of them. The museum is one of the known Melaka attraction located strategically in the city center of Melaka.
Maritime Museum Melaka Highlights
The Maritime Museum Melaka is a small museum but a great place to visit. There is a model of sunken Portuguese ship in the museum and many other accessories that were used by traders during Portuguese, Japanese & British. You will also find the special utensils that the ancient Malaccan people and foreigners took with them when on sea voyage. A visit to Maritime Museum is among best things to do in Melaka.
What to see in the Museum?
Maritime Museum Melaka is quite accessible from main historical places of the city. The museum is known for the 34 meter high model of Portuguese ship decorated in the middle of the museum. The museum preserves sea voyage related items specially the ones used during golden ages of Malacca’s Sultanate. There are some paintings of the Melaka strait waters and it also displays famous trade items of the time like textile, spices, silk and porcelain. The museum also saves the items that were once used by Dutch, Portuguese, British and Muslim soldiers and sea travelers. You would probably love the ship models here too that belong to different architectural designs.
Maritime Museum Melaka is recommended for even a day’s trip to Melaka. The reason is that it is one giant ship model that offers you to observe such a vast history. The maritime aspect is most important in the history of specially those countries where the outsiders entered sea routes. You will find in the museum maps and charts telling the history in brief. It is worth visiting this place since the knowledge it offers might not be available in thousands of books on maritime. It’s like you will get to know about treasure Island and the journey taken to reach it.
The museum administration asks for a very reasonable ticket charges that are used for museum maintenance purposes. The Adults pay 2 RM and the children can enter with a ticket costing 1 RM.
The Maritime Museum Melaka is south-west of the Stadthuys and Christ Church Melaka and can be reached in 5 minutes on foot. You can’t miss the museum as it is in the center of Melaka main attractions. Melaka River Cruise also board nearby the museum and it is located nearby bank of Melaka River.
The museum is open for tourists every day. The museum timings are from 9 am to 5:30 pm daily. On Friday, the museum is closed between 12:15 pm to 2:45 pm for the Friday prayers.
Don’t forget to take your picture in front of the 35m tall ship. If you are going to Singapore then don’t forget to visit Maritime Experiential Museum which also showcase Asian maritime history.