Malacca Sultanate Palace

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This landmark palace has been carefully restored using ancient nail-free construction. A cultural museum is also on site.
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David G
Kuantan, Malaysia15 contributions
Beautiful craftmanship
Jul 2020
The whole structure is built in the traditional way, all wood and no nails. a good place for a brief and potted history of the Malays in Malacca.
Written 24 December 2020
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Juniper64
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia71 contributions
Severely outdated - a wasted opportunity
Aug 2020
The museum looks like it hasn't been overhauled since the 1980s.

This is a real shame, considering how rich the subject matter is. The exterior looks promising, but once inside, you're confronted with very dim lighting that barely illuminates "information" panels that are often set far too low for comfortable reading. Not so informative, then!

Whoever is getting paid for this, please research how museums in other parts of the world make their subject matter immersive and inspiring.

Malaccan history deserves better.

Please move from 1980 to 2020.
Written 16 August 2020
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Sham Mathi
Kajang, Malaysia70 contributions
Great place for historical lovers
Feb 2020 • Family
A great place to learn more about melaka history..The mannequins looks so real n there are lots of information provided..The structure of the museum is amazing..Felt like real palace..We spend around 1 hours plus in there..
Written 16 February 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK148,169 contributions
Overall, an enjoyable experience of a photogenic building
Feb 2020
This building is a replica of the palace of the Malacca Sultanate, which was burned down. The sultan doesn’t actually live here, but this functions as a museum to present the history of the sultanate and Malacca. The palace is a wonderful example of 15th century Malaysian architecture of wooden constructions. Lots of projecting balconies with Malaysian style sloped roofs making an impossibly photogenic building.

There are hundreds, if not thousands of artefacts inside the palace and museum. The artefacts are a bit of a mixed bag. Many museums in Malacca like to tell history through paintings, which probably makes sense if you have some knowledge of local history. FOr others, the paintings are accompanied by a paragraph of explanation in English, which appear to have been written by a child starting secondary school. I basically stopped reading those such was the quality of the writing. Oddly enough, the writing for the painting contrasts strongly with the professionally written information in other parts of the museum.

There some really high quality items such as the regalia and clothing of the royals, traditional clothing of the different regions of Malaysia and the models of palaces of the the other Malaysian sultanates. For me, the best of the mockups was the Malaccan Sultanate court, which also included a description of how the court functioned. The museum also has exhibits of a variety of weapons, decorative arts, pottery and brassware etc.

On the ground of the palace is also a well tended garden at the centre of which is a sculpture of the sultan’s headdress.

Overall, an enjoyable experience.
Written 5 February 2020
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LIN Y
Ryde33 contributions
Good history coverage
Dec 2019 • Family
Good history coverage however the mannequins donning the traditional outfit should be made looking local and not like Caucasians. Need to be more authentic. There are those ortho relaxing chairs near entrance and what is the purpose really? This is a museum and need to be more authentic.
Written 2 January 2020
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RandolphCarter1919
Australia355 contributions
Excellent replica palace
Oct 2019
Very interesting museum, being a replica of the Sultanates palace. The mannequins were a bit creepy but the clothes, art and story they were trying ton convey was excellent. A small part of the museum was closed.
Written 21 October 2019
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Harrison F. Carter
Cologne, Germany9,620 contributions
Impressive-looking replica
Sep 2019 • Couples
The best bit of the palace, for us, was the exterior look of it, set in its grounds. Looks great. The interior displays weren't really our thing.
Written 17 September 2019
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Stryfe88
Singapore, Singapore63 contributions
Informative Palace museum
Sep 2019 • Family
This is a great place to visit if you are interested in history of Malacca. There are lots of information on the founding of Malacca and key historical figures.
Written 6 September 2019
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ochassot
Santa Ana, Costa Rica952 contributions
Nice overview of palace life and Malay history
Jul 2019
The Melaka Sultanate Palace building is a modern reconstruction of the ancient palace of the Melaka Sultanate. It showcases the history of the region. Nice gardens.
Written 23 August 2019
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tony01Denpasar
Denpasar, Indonesia26 contributions
if you like local history
Jul 2019 • Family
The only place where you will spend more than 10 minute to visit and not been disturb by tourist taking selfie . If you really like history , actually you will learn about Melaka kingdom .
Written 31 July 2019
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