Cheng Ho Cultural Museum
Cheng Ho Cultural Museum
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,496 contributions
Feb 2020
The Cheng Ho Cultural Museum is a museum dedicated to the great mariner, Cheng Ho, and famous voyages. Broadly, the museum is divided into a biographical section of the life of Cheng Ho, and the remainder to his voyages. The museum goes into great details about the voyages, the organisation of the ships, the planning and control of the fleet and the legacy left behind by the voyages. There are hundreds and possibly thousands of artefacts, some of which are very high quality. This is probably the best museum in Malacca and I’d definitely recommend it for anyone interested in history.
Written February 5, 2020
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Lardylove
Taichung, Taiwan576 contributions
May 2012 • Couples
A lot has been made recently of Cheng Ho after Gavin Menzies controversial book "1421" and he is becoming better known in "the west" as well as having a bit of a renaissance for the Chinese.

From the outside this museum looks fairly small, so you will be surprised to the actual size of it once inside, with four floors and a small "rainforest walk" section (basically an alleyway with trees). The building is rumoured to be built on land once used for Ho's trading warehouses. There is an option for the guide, although its not compulsory. If, like myself, you can't read Chinese then i suggest you take up the guide option, you will get so much more out of the museum. They are professional guides with an avid interest in the subject matter.

The displays are varied, some very well done others looking a bit amateurish. The section of the different leaders of once prosperous Melaka Empire was perhaps the best part.

The gift shop was mixed bag, with some impressive high-end (and high-prices) pieces, as well as the usual low-end rubbish.

The 20RM admission fee (10RM for those with student cards and for kids) is maybe a little bit pricey, but after spending over 2 hours in the museum i suppose it was about fair.
Written July 6, 2012
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Teikhin
Kuala Lumpur132 contributions
Jun 2012 • Family
Initially, we were a bit sceptical about this museum. But, it turned out to be a wonderful visit. The tour guide was friendly and helpful. The museum was very big and well organised. The displays were really amazing. It brought you back to the old day. There were foot prints on the floor that guided you all areas so you would not miss a thing. Theater show and chinese puppet show with tea served were included in the entrance fee. Very informative and historical value.
Written June 17, 2012
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
This museum is informative and puts into perspective the seven voyages of Admiral Cheng Ho of the Ming Dynasty. The tour starts with a film chronologizing his voyages, You are then left to explore the two floors filled with antiques, porcelain pots, artifacts, documents, maps and models of his fleet. On display is also his compass and the maps of the skies and stars which display his navigational skill and genius during that era, 1405- 1433. The museum is old and dusty with display shelves needing cleaning. However a wealth of information is showcased here and this is a must visit.
Written October 23, 2018
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javiercard2017
Bilbao, Spain142 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
Cheng Ho was a chinese Ming Dynasty admiral who visited Melaka while en route to the Western Ocean from 1405-1433. The museum showcases many evidence of cultural exchange between the local ethnic and the Chinese, among others, treasure ships, tea houses and other navigation instruments. It´s really impressive and definitely is worthy a visit!
Written October 23, 2018
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,058 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
Wow - how informative and eye opening as to how the Chinese were far more advanced than anyone else in terms of colonialist expansion. Traveling with a fleet of tens of thousands of people required significant logistical planning - food alone (growing vegetables/fruits on board designated food ships). Europeans didn't know how to avoid scurvy for centuries longer.
Written September 8, 2018
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Vicente8
220 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
One of the most typical museums of Malacca. Chinese Admiral Cheng Ho is central to the history of the city. This old-fashioned museum is an indispensable halt in the heart of the historical city. A rich collection of items nicely supplements the captivating texts and videos. The moving model of Cheng Ho’s fleet illustrates the vertiginous scale of his odyssey throughout the planet.
Written June 2, 2018
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busconi
Wenatchee, WA5,355 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
This is a great little museum. For some reason, Cheng Ho has been left out of the history books in the USA. He was quite the explorer. Loved the fact he wasn't a conqueror, rather a trader. Melaka is a great city to visit to see what happens when cultures collide....This city was has had "visitors" from China, Portugal, Holland, and England....and they have all left their influences upon the city. You will learn a lot if you take your time in this museum. See the little movie at the start. Many models to view. A real little gem.
Written December 1, 2016
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Pat
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia181 contributions
Sep 2016 • Family
Situated behind right behind Stadthuys, unfortunately it was close on a Friday. Really looking forward to visiting Cheng Ho museum. There is a parking in the area, entrance near the foothill, do look for it. Will definitely go again.
Written October 16, 2016
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OneLena
Singapore, Singapore201 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
This is the largest Cheng Ho Museum in the world. It contains the full history of Adm Cheng Ho - his life, voyages, accomplishments, relations with China, how he managed his fleet of 208 vessels and 28,700 staff and soldiers.

If you can spend at least 4 hours there, that is the best. The place is not too big, but there is a lot of reading to do, if you are really interested in Chinese history.

Because of Cheng Ho, Chinese left a mark in every corner of the world, including Africa. Today, some Africans bear a Chinese name and claim to have Chinese blood in them. I wouldn't be surprised.

Cheng Ho discovered American a few hundred years before Columbus set foot there. Cheng Ho's vessels were way larger than the Mayflower. On one of his travels to Africa, he brought back a live giraffe as a gift to the Chinese emperor. A life-size wooden giraffe is in the museum.

This is a absolute must-see.
Written March 13, 2016
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