Stadthuys
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This 17th-century building was the seat of the Dutch administration and now houses a history museum.
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, United Kingdom179,494 contributions
    Old Dutch city hall and now a museum
    The Stadthuys is the old city hall during the Dutch Colonial period, but is now both a tourist attraction and a museum. Like much of Dutch Square, this building is also painted red. Most people seem content to come to the square just to get their photograph taken and not so many visit Stadthuys Museum Complex. The Stadthuys Museum is one of five museums inside the complex and is a history museum of Malaysia up to present day with sections dedicated to pre-colonial times through the rules of the Portuguese, Dutch, British and Japanese. The exhibits are a bit of a mixed bag. The majority of the exhibits are of good quality with well written descriptions. The museum also presents history using paintings which are okay, but the description accompanying the paintings feel like they’ve been written by a secondary school student. My favourite part of the museum is on the 2nd floor, called the Cheng Ho Gallery which details the exploits of the famous mariner of the 15th century.
    Visited February 2020
    Written 4 February 2020
  • Angela M
    West Sussex, United Kingdom118 contributions
    A bit disappointing as a museum
    The old Dutch City Hall now houses a museum of Melaka's history, ethnography and literature, tracing the town's colonial and Malay past. Personally I found the presentation of the information rather dull - lots of depictions of historical events with detailed descriptions mostly at waist level, often in fairly dark rooms. There was nothing to guide the visitor through the chronological sequence of events, i.e. whereabouts to begin and how logically to proceed from room to room. I felt that a fresh look was needed as to how the exhibition was curated - it all seemed rather old-fashioned to me. However, if you're really into history then it's definitely worth a visit. There's a lot of fascinating information there just, for me anyway, poorly presented.
    Visited February 2020
    Written 15 February 2020
  • Bryon B
    59 contributions
    Another must see in Melaka!
    You will probably stumble onto Dutch Square while in the old city of Melaka. It seems to be the place to be. And that's part of the appeal. I recommend going there at night and during the day. At night it's full of garishly lit tuk tuks blaring loud music carrying smiling tourist. It seems like everyone is having a great time. In the day it's still full of people, but it's less hectic. There are a lot of museums in the area that are worth ducking into to learn more about the history of Melaka. And the buildings are beautiful to look at. It's a worthwhile place to visit.
    Visited February 2020
    Written 7 February 2020
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Haytham Abu Firas
Qatar14,343 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
The Stadthuys meaning city hall is a historical structure situated in the heart of Malacca City, Malacca, Malaysia in a place known as the Red Square. The Stadhuys is known for its red exterior and nearby red clocktower. It was built by the Dutch in 1650 as the office of the Dutch Governor.
Written 26 September 2023
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Burak D
Rotterdam, The Netherlands1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Couples
They close museam at 16.30 and on website we see 17.00.

You cannot pay with creditcard? And no toilet? Really bad service I never come here again!
Written 26 July 2023
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DipuKV
Pune, India2,135 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
This 17th century building, built by the Dutch, was their administrative centre, and is now a museum. Located beside the river, it is a good place for a visit and clicks / selfies as well.
Written 17 June 2023
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Blue Heeler
Brisbane, Australia722 contributions
Jan 2023 • Business
Walked around for a day at the Red Square locations and visited all the various sites. The standout was this museum located next to Christ Church. It has an interesting range of artifacts and displays covering the known history of Malacca. Small coffee shop is inside for you to take a break. We felt this was the best thing to visit during our stay in the city.
Written 20 January 2023
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Claire J
35 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Very interesting museum with some great artefacts and also some dioramas.
I’d also hugely recommend the cafe. It doesn’t seem to have a separate listing so I’m mentioning it here!
Written 27 December 2022
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Richard
Singapore182 contributions
Dec 2022
Very popular tourist site for photography. There is a small eating place by the river that serves the best & freshest water melon juice (drink straight from the melon). A must try.
Written 13 December 2022
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B T
London, UK1,140 contributions
Aug 2022
The building is very nice, painted bright red and there is a history museum inside that is also well worth going inside.
Written 23 August 2022
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jajavalB
Lampang, Thailand2,707 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
It,s landmark place to begin sightseeing historical melacca , starting with the exhibition inside this old buiding, starting from renovation plan of the building, underground water piping sysem dated back to Dutch era. Arrival of portugese, rising od Dutches and ended with British colonialism are all displayed then, living cultue , mutiethnic way of lifes there , maritime trade , it’s a point to start my journey back intio the past.
Written 14 August 2022
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tarundalela
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia42 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Amazing atmosphere and Dutch culture
Worth exploring if you are travelling to Melaka.
Best part it’s in the center of the city so Melaka River, Church, Jonker Streets is few min walk only
Written 22 April 2022
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David G
Kuantan, Malaysia18 contributions
Dec 2020
Interesting museum, provides a 'potted' history of Malacca. Of particular interest was the descriptions of all the different 'races' that makes up Malaysia, with a focus on the various marriage ceremonies.Part of the upstairs was closed for renovation but they only charged us the child's price which was most welcome, especially as this covered entrance to the Education museum and the Governor's house, good value and a great way to spend an afternoon.
Written 24 December 2020
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