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“The Great Living Museum in Melaka”

Villa Sentosa (Malay Living Museum)
Ranked #25 of 144 things to do in Melaka
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Definitely for tourists only, this tiny museum is actually a Malaysian house showing how a typical Malaysian family lives.
Scheveningen, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“The Great Living Museum in Melaka”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Happened to discover this lovely living museum village very near the Ramada Plaza Hotel. I am glad the government has decided to preserve this village and make it a living Museum. Typical small Melaka houses lined up the river, beautifully decorated with lovely flowers. I guess all the kampong people have green fingers; it is so nice to see such colorful plants decorating these houses.

Visited March 2013
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Thai first
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Berlin, Germany
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Really nice people and interesting spot”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

I walked the promenade and saw this old villa. It's called villa because it is larger than the buildings around in the old Malay Village. This is the last spot you can see how malay people lived before. The owners will tell you about the history of the family and so you learn about the culture. Old interoir elements are shown and you learn about the architecture with a open rood. Really enjoyed the tour. In the end it is woth to donate, cause the family don't recieve money from the goverment compared to the 20 goverment driven museums in the town.

Visited March 2013
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Poole, Dorset, England
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A blast from the past”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

A delightful experience to see how life was so many years ago and the added flavour of having a personal guide by the lovely old lady who owns the villa made this very memorable. It was good to have our photograph taken by her in the wedding poise of that time as it will be a momento. We enjoyed the river walk to the villa and caught the river cruise back making it an excellent day out

Visited March 2013
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Ludlow
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Living History”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Just opposite our hotel, the Majestic, the home of a prominent local family, still lived n but open to visitors. Really worth visiting.

Visited February 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Definitely worth doing”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Lovely old lady showed us around and, with pride, described all her inherited possessions. An interesting look back at around a hundred years of history and a glimpse into what it would be like to live as a (presumably very wealthy) Malay fifty years ago. The walls have pictures of family and family trees. It's great that you can do this for just a small donation.

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