Stadthuys

Stadthuys, Melaka: Address, Phone Number, Stadthuys Reviews: 4/5

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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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David G
15 contributions
Good value
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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LorTingWei@SEU338E
Penang Island, Malaysia102 contributions
Stadthuys - Historical Structure in Malacca
Aug 2019
Stadthuys is an iconic Melaka site that sums up its past of occupation and cultural fusion.
My friends and I had took about 4 hours to walk around Stadthuys and got chance to take some picture of Stadthuys.
You can have a view of Stadthuys with trishaw which is provided there or you can just walk around with the feet as exercise.
Written 16 April 2020
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Gerredine
Reeuwijk42 contributions
Interesting museum.
Mar 2020
It is interesting to experience the history and what the Portugese, Dutch and British occupation mend to Malaysia.
Written 3 April 2020
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Dale S
12 contributions
Well Worth A visit
Jan 2020
The Stadthuys is home to a history and ethnography museum, spread out over two floors. The bottom floor is devoted to the Malay culture and its exhibits feature artifacts, weapons, dress, and daily life. Upstairs are rooms dedicated to each of the period of Melaka's rich history, beginning with the Sultanate and extending through the Japanese occupation. Actually, there is also a third floor with an exhibit dedicated to Cheng Ho, but it pales in comparison to the nearby Cheng-Ho Cultural Museum. If you want a time capsule of Melakan history and an introduction to Malay culture, this is the place to go
Written 5 March 2020
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Rosario_it
Belgium1,824 contributions
Bigger building in Red Square
Mar 2019
This large structure contains a lot of separate buildings where there are hosted the Town Hall and several museums.
Nice to have a look around.
Written 23 February 2020
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Angela M
West Sussex, UK118 contributions
A bit disappointing as a museum
Feb 2020
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.
Written 15 February 2020
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Bryon B
Olympia, Washington, United States57 contributions
Another must see in Melaka!
Feb 2020
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.
Written 8 February 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK146,617 contributions
Old Dutch city hall and now a museum
Feb 2020
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.
Written 4 February 2020
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Lian Tiong G
Subang Jaya, Malaysia3,572 contributions
Melaka Landmark
Jan 2020 • Couples
Standing tall clock tower built by the Dutch is the attraction for photography. The Dutch architecture and design reflected in the clock tower. Standing amidst the red building with artistic windows and doors of the Dutch architecture in the surrounding. The water fountain besides it adds to the mixed era of Makacca history of previous occupants. A must visit spot for tourists.
Written 30 January 2020
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AirFuss
Singapore, Singapore550 contributions
Beautiful Dutch architecture in Brick Red
Dec 2019 • Family
Earlier Dutch official building now converted into museums. With these beautiful historical red buildings and cartoon theme based rickshaws everywhere this place has it’s own charm and is always so lively.

We did not visit the museums but just roamed around the Stadthuys.
Written 5 January 2020
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