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“Museum focused on the voyages of Admiral Zeng He & the importance of the maritime trade to Singapore's early history.”

The Maritime Experiential Museum
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Owner description: An innovative, interactive and multi-sensorial museum, The Maritime Experiential Museum is the only museum in Singapore where visitors can experience Asia’s rich maritime history and discover Singapore’s past as a trading port. This trip back in time begins along the ancient Maritime Silk Route, which recreates the sights, sounds and scents of the bustling bazaars and where you can interact with the exhibits. See a fascinating trove of precious artefacts from the Bakau shipwreck and Temasek archaeological site that can be found at the Maritime Archaeology Gallery. View life-sized ship replicas of Asian sailing vessels from the docks at the Historic Ship Harbour, and learn more about Asia’s maritime and cultural heritage through the museum’s education programmes. This unforgettable visit ends on a nail-biting note in the 360º multimedia Typhoon Theatre where visitors ‘board’ a sailing ship and encounter a perilous storm. The most amazing voyage of discovery awaits at The Maritime Experiential Museum.
New York City, New York
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“Museum focused on the voyages of Admiral Zeng He & the importance of the maritime trade to Singapore's early history.”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

We got complimentary admission to this museum with the S $60 ticket to Universal Studios due to a promotion being run by our credit card.

The first thing you come across upon entry is a life scale model of the bow of Admiral Zeng He's flagship. There you can sit on bean bags in a mini amphitheater and watch a short film about Admiral Zeng He and his naval expeditions. (The narration in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles sounds more convincing than the one in accented English). The moving carved lion's head with fiery red eyes and steam coming out of its nostrils was a visual treat and added greatly to the experience.

Other exhibits detailed the various ships in his armada, cultures of the various ports of call around old trade routes and the inevitable piracy that comes with maritime commerce.

We didn't bother with the Typhoon Theater (simulated storm at sea on a sailing ship) because of the additional S $ 6 admission required, as we presumed it would be similar to an attraction we experienced in Universal Studios nearby).

Of note is an exhibit on the "Jewel of Muscat", gifted by the Omani Government to Singapore. It seems very much similar to the "Sohar", a traditional Omani vessel sailed by Tim Severin on a National Geographic expedition to follow the voyage of Sindbad.

Unfortunately, some exhibits were still under construction when we visited.

Note: Viewed from the air (Singapore Cable Car) the museum either resembles the skeleton of a beached whale, or a upturned boat. The sight is better at night when the lights are on.

Visited October 2012
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Paralimni, Cyprus
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“REALLY Experiental”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Thumbs up for the Singaporean creative mind that could present a museum in this quality.

Even the Singapore almost had nothing to do with all the things displayed, since at the time the Singapore nation almost not yet existed yet, but they managed to give a nice beautiful connection with the content of the museum.

No like the conservative museum that displayed the real antique old artifacts, instead the museum gave us a good comprehension of what really happened in past to the journey of the sea that time, especially in the South East Asia area.

Some interactive devices that involving the touch screen media, really more gave a knowledge to get involved and reminding what really happened that time.

Although a big part of the museum were shops but it was still great since they arranged the shop thematically with the museum theme.

The real size of Admiral Cheng He flag ship with the theaterical performance was superb.

This was a very good effort of the Singaporean, even they, as nation is very young to present and get connected to any kind of ancient history, but the modern and new museum of this Maritime Experiental Museum gave you a new horizon and experience.

Visited October 2012
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Give it a visit”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Really well done museum, my 10 year old daughter was fascinated. The centerpiece is a traditional Omani ship built in Muscat and sailed to Singapore as a gift between countries, really cool!
I'm typically not into this sort of stuff (hated the maritime museum in Cape Town) but this museum has a great mix of exhibits and interactive activities that are interesting for young ones and once young...

Visited September 2012
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

If it was not for the free tickets that comes with the package, I wouldn't have paid money to see the exhibits in the museum, which is covered in less than 15 mins. Since RWS did not provide tickets for online booking, a section where the jewel of muscat is docked cannot be reached because of the entrance to the typhoon theatre is there. The museum is about all the different races of pirates, etc...... That is a summary on how boring it is.

Visited September 2012
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“Typhoon Theatre is best”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

I advise you spend an hour here and enjoy it, and make sure you go to the Typhoon Theatre. Any longer than an hour is a bit much and could get a bit boring.

Visited September 2012
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