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“Watch the video to set the scene”

Cheng Ho Cultural Museum
Ranked #21 of 147 things to do in Melaka
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

The museum is housed in what look like a shophouse. We expected a very small museum with some items related to Cheng Ho. We were very wrong.
We were ushered into a room for a 10min video viewing about the man himself. This sets the scene on how to "appreciate" the museum better. The museum is a collection about the man's life story, things like his capture, castration, rise to power, the lands he have visited, ideas he spread, Chinese descendants, correlation to Melaka,etc. I also find it amazing that they have an exhibit on pseudo-science by Gavin Menzies, author of 1421, where he claims that Cheng Ho travelled to the Americas. This is highly disputed topic that is not recognized by most scholars.
Anyway besides that controversial topic, the museum really covers a lot of topics. The museum occupies a lot of space which I could not tell from its unimpressive entrance.
Overall, although some exhibits are a bit old or kinda loosely related to Cheng Ho, it's still an interesting museum to learn more about the man and his influence to the world.

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

This is an interesting but simple museum and can fill your time if you have nothing else much to do. Can't say it was really worth my time but what the heck it was there.

Thank Dale M
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Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

Visited this museum with my fiancé and we both had a good time learning all about "The Rise Of The Eunuch" and about how it was like during days of ships and trading ports.

Museum is big and can take you more than an hour if you take time to read all the informative exhibits. A lot of care has been put into making the exhibits and it's very worth the RM10 paid per person.

Thank twentietwoSTEPS
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

How anyone could call this so so is beyond my imagination. We had a guided tour which gave us an overview of the museum and were able to spend as much time as we wanted taking pictures, etc. The 10 minute introductory film was excellent. The armada that the Chinese had in those days is beyond belief. Would highly recommend this Museum. The guide recommended an Indian restuarant Sri Kaveri, which was a great cultural experience of it's own. This was a large museum, and had many fine exhibits

Thank Fastphilad
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

This museum costs 10RM and starts off with the standard wall posters all about Cheng Ho (as in Gavin Menzies book 1421) - presumably he visited Malacca. There are interesting objects around and upstairs there are 50 or so Ming vases from 1200 and then you descend into a carved chinese tea house that must have be well over 100 years old. So if you like real artefacts like I do and are not swayed by dioramas - this is the best museum in Malacca.

Thank JerrryCornelius
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