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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