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History & Ethnography Museum, MalaccaHistory & Ethnography Museum, Malacca (1 May, 2009)

The Museum of History and Ethnography (GPS: 2.19402, 102.24899), or Muzium Sejarah dan Ethnografi, is arguably the best museum in Malacca. It is located within the Stadthuys, at the foot of St Paul's Hill facing the Dutch Square. If you have time to see only one museum on your visit, this is the one you should not miss.

The history section of this museum that the history of Malacca is unfolded to you step by step, beginning with the founding of Malacca, through the Malacca Sultanate, and onwards to the colonial administrations of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British occupation, followed by the Japanese occupation, and finally the years leading towards independence.

The ethnography section of this museum provides an interesting glimpse into the history of the various ethnic groups that make up the fabric of Malacca society, including the Malays, the Chinese, the Indians, the Peranakan Chinese, the Chitty and the Eurasians. Various aspects of each culture is portraited including wedding ceremonies, musical instruments, and so on.

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the Museum of History & Ethnography

History & Ethnography Museum, MalaccaDisplay of swords and other weapons in the History & Ethnography Museum (9 July, 2005)

History & Ethnography Museum, MalaccaSwords and keris on display in the History & Ethnography Museum (9 July, 2005)

History & Ethnography Museum, MalaccaPots and other porcelain ware in the History & Ethnography Museum (9 July, 2005)

History & Ethnography Museum, MalaccaView of St Paul's Hill in miniature (9 July, 2005)

History & Ethnography Museum, MalaccaOld Melaka cannons in the History & Ethnography Museum (19 July, 2009)

Malacca Sultanate CurrencyMalacca Sultanate Currency (19 July, 2009)
This is how the currency was like during the time of the Malacca Sultanate. No gold coins were discovered during that period, possibly because gold was collected and sent to either Goa or Lisbon.

The Museum of History & Ethnography is on the map of Museums in Malacca

Getting there

The Museum of History and Ethnography is housed within the Stadthuys.

Museum of History & Ethnography, MalaccaExterior porch, Museum of History & Ethnography (1 May, 2009)

Museum of History & Ethnography, MalaccaThe central passage of the Museum of History & Ethnography (1 May, 2009)

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