Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Museum: Maritime Museum Phase I (Flor de la Mar)

The Maritime Museum (Phase I) is a replica of the 'Flor de la Mar', a Portuguese ship that sank off the coast of Melaka while on its way to Portugal, carrying loot plundered from Melaka. 

Work on the replica started in early 1990 and it was opened to the public in 1994. The Maritime Museum was officially opened by the Prime Minister Dato Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on June 13, 1994.

The outstanding Maritme Museum is located at Quayside Road near the Melaka River estuary. The replica is 34 metres high, 36 metres long and 8 metres wide. 

The museum houses exhibits, artifacts 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.

Admission Fees:

The entrance fee for Maritime Museum is RM 3.00 per entry for adult and RM 0.50 for children and students. Visitors are not allowed to go into the museum by wearing shoes. 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.

Opening hours:

9am - 5:30pm (Monday to Friday)
9am - 9:00pm (Saturday and Sunday)


Further information can be obtained by calling PERZIM (Tel: +6 06 283 0926)