15 Museums & Historical Places That You Must Visit in Melaka

  1. A’Famosa

A’Famosa was a Portuguese fortress. It is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in south east Asia. In 1807, most of the buildings were demolished and the rest was part of the gateway and Porta de Santiago. What can be seen now is only a small part of the original fortress.

Location: Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir

A'Famosa fortress

A’Famosa fortress

  1. The Stadhuys

The Stadhuys is a historical structure situated in Bandar Hilir Melaka. Also known as the Red Square. The Stadhuys is known for its red exterior an nearby red clock tower. It was built by the Dutch in 1650 as the office of the Dutch Governor and Deputy Governor. In 1982, this place was renovate into a museum showing Melaka history, and the history of Portuguese and English colonization.

Location: Jalan Gereja, Bandar Hilir

The Stadhuys

  1. St. Paul’s Church

St. Paul’s Church is a historic church building in Melaka that was originally built in 1521. This make it the oldest church building in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. It is located at the summit of St. Paul’s Hill and now part of the Melaka Museum Complex.

St. Paul’s Church

  1. Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum is a museum in Bandar Hilir Melaka. With monthly visitor around 20 000 peoples, it is the most visited museum in Melaka. The museum main exhibits the replica of Flor de La Mar with 34 meters long and 8 meters wide. The museum also houses exhibits, artifacts and documents from the golden era of Melaka and shows how political control of Melaka was essential to the establishment of maritime dominance in the region. It also displays the trading link of Melaka from the early time through the colonial era until independence.

Location: Muzium Samudera (the Flora de La Mar), Jalan Quayside

Opening hours:

  • Everyday: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm
  • Friday: 9.00 am – 12.15pm, 2.45 pm- 5.30 pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Adult: RM 5
  • Child: RM 3

Maritime Museum (the Flora de La Mar)

  1. Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum

The Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum is a museum located in Bandar Melaka. The building is a modern reconstruction of the palace of the Melaka Sultanate. It showcases the history of the region. Here you can see what lies behind the walls of the palace and learn about the customs of the Malay Sultanate.

Location: Jalan Kota, Melaka

Opening hours:

  • Everyday: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Adult: RM 3
  • Child: RM 2

Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum

  1. Melaka Customs Museum

The building was constructed under the British government rule in the early 1890s to store imported trade goods and the goods for export. Its role as warehouse change in 2001 when all of the export and import activities were moved to the ports of Kuala Linggi and Sungai Rambai. A portion of the building was converted to the office of the Malacca State Customs Department from the 1950s until 2003 upon the completion of Wisma Kastam.

Location: Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
  • Saturdya, Sunday & Public holiday: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Entrance Fee: Free

Melaka Customs Museum 

  1. Malaysian Architecture Museum

It is one of the museum in Melaka which is different in its function where this place has a variety of replica of Melaka old house. The destination is more focused on the history of home architecture and hardware to build the traditional home of the old people. The museum building is an old Dutch building and has two floors.

Location: Jalan Kota between Stadhuys to A’Famosa Fort

Operation hours:

  • Everyday: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm

Entrance Fee: Free

Malaysia Architecture Museum

  1. History and Ethnography Museum Melaka

The museum is located inside the Stadhuys building, built during the Dutch Melaka. The historical section of the museum displays the history of Melaka from its establishment in 1400 until 1958, the year Malaya gained independence. The ethnography section of the museum portrays the lifestyle and culture of various communities and sub-communities of Melaka.

Location: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir

Operation hours:

  • Everyday 9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Adult: RM 5
  • Child/Student: RM 2

Melaka History and Ethnography Museum

  1. Melaka Stamp Museum

The museum building was originally used as the residence for Duct dignitaries living in Melaka until the end of World War 2 after which the building was abandoned. In 2004, the building was restored by Department of Museum and  Antiquity and handed over to the Melaka State Government. In 2007, the state government, in cooperation with Pos Malaysia decided to set up Melaka Stamp Museum at the building. It is now museum that houses hundreds of old stamp collections as well as infographic on the history of stamps especially for Melaka. Most of the old stamps here started in the British colonial era.

Location: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir

Opening Hours:

  • Everyday: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Adult: RM 3
  • Child: RM 2

Melaka Stamp Museum

  1. Melaka Islamic Museum

The Melaka Islamic Museum is a museum about Islam in Melaka City. The museum building used to house the Islamic Council of Melaka before it was shifted to its current location beside the Melaka State Mosque. The museum exhibits the mixture of traditional arts with local and international craftsmanship. There are eight main exhibition areas arranged in chronological order on history perspective of the introduction of Islam to Melaka and its spread to the rest of Malaysia.

Location: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir

Operation hours:

  • Everyday: 9.00 am -5.00 pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Adult: RM 3
  • Child: RM 2
  • Childe 6 year and below: Free

Melaka Islamic Museum

  1. Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

It is a 4-generation private museum featuring Baba and Nyonya variety of goods, clothes, jewelry and hardware. The museum is a property owned by Baba Chan Cheng Siew which dates back to 1856-1919 and is now run by its 4th generation as a private museum and opened for tourists.

Location: Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Melaka

Opening hours:

  • Everyday: 10 am – 1pm (last morning tour 12pm) , 2 pm – 5 pm (last evening tour 4 pm)
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday: Extended hour (last evening tour 5 pm)

Entrance Fee:

  • Adult: RM 16
  • Child: RM 11

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

  1. Submarine Museum

The Submarine Museum is a museum about submarine in Klebang, Melaka. The submarine used to be used to train the first Royal Malaysian Navy and French Navy in July 2009 when journey through the Atlantic Ocean was made. The museum features a decommissioned France-made Agosta class 70 submarine. The submarine is measured 67.5 meters in length , 11.7 meters height and 6.5 meters in width. it weights 1, 300 tonnes.

Location: Klebang, Melaka

Operation hours:

  • Monday-Thrusday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
  • Friday – Sunday: 9.00 am – 6.30 pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Adult: RM 5
  • Child: RM 2

Submarine Museum

  1. Cheng Ho Cultural Museum

The Cheng Ho Cultural Museum is a museum about Zheng He in Melaka City, Melaka. The museum building is believed to sit at the original site of the warehouse complex Guan Chang, built by Zheng He around 600 years ago to temporarily store goods he acquired during his travels. The museum exhibits the life of Zheng He and his world voyage in his fleets. It displays his travel with the big pictures of Chinese history. The museum can roughly be divided into several sections which are Old Melaka Village, Ship Gallery, Treasure Ship, Antique Gallery and Garden Courtyard.

Location: 51, Lorong Hang Jebat, Melaka

Operation hours:

  • Everyday: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Adult: RM 20
  • Child/Student: RM 10

Cheng Ho Cultural Museum

  1. Kite Museum

The Kite Museum is a museum in Melaka City, Melaka. The museum building was originally constructed in the 1960s, believed to be built on top of the ruins of Dutch building. The Kite Museum was officially opened September 1995 by then Melaka Chief Minister Mohd Zin Abdul Ghani. The museum is located at the upper floor of the building. The building also houses the People’s Museum and Beauty Museum at the ground floor and top floor respectively.

Location: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir

Operation hours:

  • Everyday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Adult: RM 3
  • Child: RM 2

Kite Museum

  1. Villa Sentosa (Malay Living Museum)

It is an old Malay house which houses a variety of historical goods and information on Malay culture. It was built in the 1920s in the Kampung (Malay for village). Visitors are welcomed by a member of household who points out period objects, including photographs of family members, Ming Dynasty ceramics and a century old Quran.

Location: Kampung Morten

Operation hours:

  • Everyday: 9.00 am – 5 pm (closed 1 pm – 2 pm)
  • Friday: 2.45 pm – 5 pm

Entrance Fee: Entry by donation

Villa Sentosa