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Villa Sentosa (Malay Living Museum)

Kampung Morten, Melaka 75300, Malaysia
(606) 282 2988
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Ranked #3 of 68 Attractions in Melaka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Description: Definitely for tourists only, this tiny museum is actually a Malaysian house showing how a typical Malaysian family lives.
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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Welcomed by one of the surviving daughters of the original owners from the early 20th century we were shown around this quaint museum-like house full of artifacts and historical photographs of visiting royalty etc. Well worth taking a look around.

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Hong Kong, China
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Best experience in Melaka by far. A real slice of history nicely preserved. One of the sisters showed up around and gave us a nice, concise story of her family history. Terrible shame that the UNESCO Heritage Site does not include the area around this house. The big ugly hotel going up next to it is a travesty.

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Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
60 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Decided to visit after seeing it on the river cruise previous night. Good to see the government investing in maintaining the heritage of the twin although one wonders if some of the authenticity is being lost. Easy to get to by foot as part of walking tour of the town

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Reykjavik, Iceland
3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

i love malay's culture , from here we can feel the malay living culture turn to the morden century. This is a tradissional malay village, and there have few malay's tradissional house converd to the homestay.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Villa Sentosa is actually a private house that refused to change with the times. It is located in a conservated district and still manages to stand out. The walk from the city was very enjoyable as you can simply follow the river for the most part. The old lady living there has infinite patience and will show you around, explaining... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The owner of the house is very accommodating and informative about life in his time capsule house. He is likeable, witty and well versed in looking after visitors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I salute the owners of this museum for keeping our history for our children to visit and learn. Thank you!

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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

One of the best places in Malaca. Run by family members who show you around their home, a living museum. It's a great way to learn about Malay traditions and family history. It's also free but donations are appriciated!

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Melaka, Malaysia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This original Malay house and its owners are fascinating. A brother and sister are always there to welcome visitors and delight in telling you about their life at Villa Sentosa and their family history. Lots of antiques from around the world which various family members have been given or collected. You can bang the gong, sit on the wedding chairs,... More

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Top Contributor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

We were given a tour by Abraham, an heir who still lives in the home which has been there for generations. He took our pictures, explained, all the rooms, their functions, the heritage and more. We couldn't have been more pleased. Would highly recommend. No charge but donations are given. I should have given more, it's a privately funded tour... More

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