The Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum, Malacca (Jalan Merdeka, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia) is located on the South of the Malacca River, a five-minute walk from the A’ Famosa Fortress UNESCO site. It is a ten-minute walk from Jonker Street which is to the North of the Malacca River. The museum serves as a reminder of the trading history of Malacca and its importance as a regional business centre since the Melaka Sultanate era.
The museum building is a replica of a Portuguese ship, the Flora de la Mar, which sank in 1512 off the coast of Malacca on its way home, carrying loots plundered from Malacca. It is 34 metres high, 36 metres long and 8 metres wide. The wooden ship deck offers a fantastic view of the Malacca river and steps allow visitors to climb for a closer view of the magnificent mast. Exhibits, artefacts and documents tell the story of the importance of Malacca for trade in the Golden maritime era.
Opening Hours of the Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum, Malacca
The museum is open from 9 am to 530pm every day and on weekends, it is opened till 9 pm. Tickets cost RM10 per adult and RM6 per child. For that price, you will get complimentary entrance to the Maritime Museum II and the Royal Malaysia Navy Museum!
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