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Vagabond Kids: Maritime Museum in Malacca

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Maritime Museum in Malacca

Originally posted October 2008

I really like Malacca, it is a fun city with great food and the history is enough to keep me coming back for more. It is funny, but the more I travel, the more fascinated I am by the history of the place.

We have not been back to Malacca since this post, but plan another trip in the near future. It is only a 3 hour bus ride from Singapore in an airconditioned coach.

This time we stayed at the Hotel Equitorial. We did a "free and easy" package with a travel agent here in Singapore which means you book your hotel and transport through the agent and often can get better deals than if you booked by yourself. The total cost of the package was around Sing $150.00/person which included bus fare, 2 hotel rooms for 3 nights.

The best part about the hotel is its proximity to St. Pauls, the Stadhyus and Declan's favorite Museum, The Maritime Museum.

The Maritime Museum is housed in a replica of a 18th century Portuguese ship which was sunk off the shore of Malacca. The Museum shows the history of Malacca and its importance as a Maritime center dating back to the 14th century through the British occupation. While the museum was okay, it was frankly better for an 8-10 year old I would venture, but the fact that it was in a big giant ship was enough for Declan (and Kiera found it pretty cool too!)

Hours: Daily (closed Tuesday) 9-6
Entry fee a very inexpensive RM2 for adults and .50 for kids

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