History & Ethnography Museums Complex

Top choice museum in Melaka City

The ground floor of the Stadthuys houses Melaka's most interesting museum, which focuses on the city's fascinating history and ethnography. Exhibits include a recreation of a rumak Melaka (traditional Melekan house), dioramas of cultural ceremonies and displays of traditional costumes and music. Upstairs the Admiral Cheng Ho Gallery displays a collection of paintings depicting scenes from the colonial era.

One admission ticket gives access to this and all other museums in the complex: the 17th-century Governor's Museum (where the Chief Ministers of Melaka lived); the Democratic Government Museum, with informative displays on the anti-colonial movement, Independence and the Japanese Occupation; a Literature Museum focusing on Melaka's role in the development of Malaysian literature; and an Education Museum.

Free guided tours of the main museum take place at 10.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.