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Villa Sentosa (Malay Living Museum)

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Address: Kampung Morten, Melaka 75300, Malaysia
Phone Number: (606) 282 2988
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Definitely for tourists only, this tiny museum is actually a Malaysian...

Definitely for tourists only, this tiny museum is actually a Malaysian house showing how a typical Malaysian family lives.

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Lovely interesting

There was no awkwardness for me. The owner who showed us round was proud and passionate about his family and home. It was interesting and worth half an hour.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Nottingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There was no awkwardness for me. The owner who showed us round was proud and passionate about his family and home. It was interesting and worth half an hour.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful and beautiful place to visit, absolutely fascinating, full of interest. The lady who showed us around was delightful and a treasure trove of facts.

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Severna Park, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting to see the diversity and history of the Malay. Homes along the water, brimming with gardens make for a nice stroll.

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Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

The owners of the museum still live in it, hence "living museum" and it does give you the feeling of visiting someone's house -- to a certain extent. The good: - It shows you what the inside of a house in the area looks and feels like, up to and including that awkward feeling you get when you're walking into... More 

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kolkata
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Villa Sentosa is a model of a Malay home. The interiors are tastefully done. This is in Mortens Village and next to River Malaka

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Greymouth, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

After hearing a guide talking at the Museum. We found the Sentosa House by accident. The Malay house suddenly made sense. This is a living museum. Your guide is the 2nd youngest child of the original owner. Family members still live inside the house and other buildings on the grounds. Well worth a visit. The only iissue was the commentary... More 

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Melaka, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

Owned by an old lovely couple and fluent English speaker who willing to share their belongings to public where public can learn and appreciate it.

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Townsville, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

Yet another side of the city, highlighting a different type of lifestyle, and different cultural influences.

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Javea, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

I read about villa Sentosa in a German newspaper. When I visited Melaka, I definately wanted to visit this historic place. We were welcomed by Fatima, the old lady who lived in the house of her forefathers all her life. She welcomed us and showed us around. The house is furnished and decorated with old traditional furniture and items. We... More 

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Maleny, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

I do not recall having been to a museum where the most beautiful feature is a real living person, but that is what you get at Villa Sentosa. The wonderful lady who lives there alone is so proud of her heritage, and that of her forebears. Everything is beautifully displayed, and unlike other museums, every item has personal relevance to... More 

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