Top choice historic building in Melaka City

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This former town hall and governor's residence dates to the 1650s and is believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East. Erected after the Dutch captured Melaka in 1641, it's a reproduction of the former Stadhuis (town hall) of the Frisian town of Hoorn in the Netherlands. Today it's a museum complex exhibiting colourful artefacts like record-breaking trishaws and bird-shaped longboats; the History & Ethnography Museum is the highlight.

Admission covers all the small museums within the complex. There is no fee for guided tours, which take place at 10.30am and 2.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

For in-depth acquaintance with Melaka past and present, peruse the Governor's House, Democratic Government Museum, a Literature Museum focusing on Malaysian writers, Cheng Ho Gallery and the Education Museum.