Malacca plans to build second ship museum

The state government of Malacca has announced plans for a second ship-shaped museum themed around the 15th century Malacca sultanate period and associated maritime activities. It looks like the state is trying to capitalise on its new World Heritage Site status, although I hope that this new museum will be better planned than the current ship museum.

Second ‘ship’ museum for Malacca
New Straits Times, 12 May 2009

After the 19- year-old Flor De La Mar Ship Museum, the state government will soon build another ship at Sungai Melaka.
This time, it will be a replica of a 15th century royal ship, costing an estimated RM4.9 million.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the ship, which would be developed by the Malacca Museum Corporation, would be able to accommodate up to 150 visitors at any one time.

He said the ship would take tourists back in time to the era of the Malacca sultanate during the reign of Sultan Mansur Shah (1459-1477).


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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