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“would you sail from Europe in this?”

Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum
Ranked #20 of 149 things to do in Melaka
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Owner description: A restored Portuguese ship called Flora de la Mar makes for an impressive museum; Melaka’s colorful seafaring history is tastefully displayed within.
Reviewed July 11, 2012

Flora De La Mar was built in 1502 and sailed from Europe to Malaysia by way of India. Shipwrecked in 1511 full of riches. Today a replica of this ship house the first phase of the maritime museum. i like many of the other reviews did not really appreciate the interior of the ship with its displays. I would of much happier to see that also in its original configuration. still the displays are nice. i visited this city on a Legend of the Seas cruise and the museum was just a short walk from the landing. Looking out to my cruise ship it really brings some of the history into scale. The original Flora De La Mar would of fitted into the Casino of the Legend of the Seas. However crews sailed the original across the great seas. for me it was a sense of awe.

The second phase is next to the ship and offers a number of good displays concerning the early times of the area. at 3rm is is affordable and a good relaxed hour or so to view.

Thank sirchas
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

The museum looks attractive as it is housed in a model of a Portugese Ship. The inside is not of great interest as the ship's interior has not been recreated, the exhibits are mainly ship models of indfferent quality. You have to take your shoes off to enter it , I wonder why?
The good part is the outside. The deck gives a good view of the surrounding area and amongst the riggings you can (just ) imagine yourself at sea!
The entrance fee ( RM 3) entitles you to visit the adjacent Maritime Museum which is a bit of a washout.
If you have time, visit, if not check it out from the street, the ship looks good!

1  Thank akdcts
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

From the outside, the ship looked great. Entrance fee was reasonable RM 3 per adult and RM1 for child. Inside, there were full of replica of old ships. Plus point: you could climb up to the deck to take photo and enjoy the view. The negative points: (1) inside the ship, nothing to really reflect the old Portugese ship (2) air conditioning was out of order - very stuffy (3) very crowded during school holiday.

Thank Teikhin
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Reviewed May 25, 2012

Great exterior but not much going on inside. The best thing was a troupe of rickshaw drivers that I came across outside the museum. They were doing a musical rickshaw ballet lol

Thank evianh2o
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

If you like recreated ships with a few figures inside this is for you. It is cheap and included in price is entry to the attached Maritime Museum and the Navy Museum across the street. These are not the best museums in a town full of them.

Thank Kikoenmexico
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