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Melaka Maritiem Museum

Ben van Wijnen

"After lunch we visited an old Portuguese merchant ship and we walked past the old sultanate towards the Dutch cemetery and church, meanwhile telling with Asyrul. We told him about the history of the VOC and he told us about the history of Melaka. Especially at the church, tombstones with Dutch inscriptions could still be discovered. At the church we have bought a nice pen drawing by Melaka, in keeping with the art that we have already purchased during other long journeys. During the two-hour journey home, Asyrul bought some native fruit for us along the way, which we ate with taste."

Maritiem Museum


The Maritime Museum itself 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 ship measures 34 meters high, 36 meter long dan 8 meter wide. The museum highlights Melaka's importance as a regional and international business centre from the period of the Melaka Sultanate, right through the Portuguese, Dutch and British era.
Maritime Museum (Replica Flor de La Mar), Malacca is also known as Muzium Samudera in Malay language. There are 2 phases of Maritime Museum. And together with TLDM Museum and Ex-KD Sri Terengganu Warship are part of the Maritime Museums Complex. We are going to explore Maritime Museum

It's surprising that you have to take off our shoes at the entrance of the museum. You can choose to put your shoes at the shoe rack provided at the entrance door or put them into a plastic bag provided by the museum and carry it with you to the museum. When you continue your visit you'll find the answer at the first deck of the ship museum. The floor is very well polished.
At the upper deck you'll see different models of ships showcased there. Also visualized are situations of how traders from Arab, India and China conducted business with each other in order to gain profit in Melaka port, which was known as Venice of the East at that time. Porcelain, silk, textile and spices were among some of the famous merchandises being brought into Melaka by the traders. Framed paintings and pictures that illustrate how Melaka played its role as emporium for traders from all around the world, were also hanged on the walls.

Moving forward to the other side of the ship, was the captain’s cabin. This is where you can see diorama of a captain's cabin although you are not allowed to walk into the cabin to have an actual look, you can still read about the roles of a captain at the door step.

The museum houses exhibits, artefacts and documents from the Melaka's golden era as the Emporium of the East and reveals how political control of Melaka was essential to the establishment of maritime dominance in the region.
The museum also traces Melaka's trading links from the earliest times through the colonial era, the Japanese conquest and brief period of Japanese rule, the return of Britain as the colonial master, the emergence of the independent nation of the Federation of Malaya and the formation of Malaysia.

The Maritime Museum is located along Quayside Road (Jalan Merdeka) at the  Melaka River.

Opening hours

9am - 5:30pm (Monday to Friday)
9am - 9:00pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Entrance fee RM 5.-
Information tel: +6 06 283 0926

Ticket to the Maritime Museum can be used to enter
  • Replica Of Flor De La Mar
  • Maritime Museum II
  • Royal Malaysian Navy Museum
  • EX-KD Sri Terengganu Ship

On deck of the.......


Welcome in the museum!

  Ben van Wijnen


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