26.12.10: The Maritime Museum (Phase 1) (Flor De La Mar)

We went to visit the Replica of Flor De La Mar in Melaka. I had been there about 16 years ago, and had forgotten what was inside. Flor De La Mar was a Portuguese battleship.

It costs RM3.00 per adult and free for children below 6 years. This ticket entitles one to enter 3 places: The Replica of Flor De La Mar, Maritime Museum and Royal Malaysian Navy Museum. However, I don't think many people read that portion of the sign board, only the Replica of Flor De La Mar was packed with people and not the other 2 museums. We were given a plastic bag each to put our shoes in as we needed to remove our footwear when entering the ship.

Info about the The Maritime Museum (Phase 1)
The Maritime Museum itself is a replica of the 'Flora de La Mar', a Portuguese ship that sank off the coast of Melaka while on its way to Portugal, carrying loot plundered from Melaka. Work on the replica started in early 1990 and it was opened to the public in 1994. The Maritime Museum was officially opened by the Prime Minister Dato Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on June 13, 1994.

It was quite packed inside as it was a Christmas (public holiday) weekend and we got in and out as fast as we could. 

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