Exploring History @ Maritime Experiential Museum in Sentosa

Nobody really comes to Resorts World Sentosa for the Maritime Experiential Museum. In fact, I wouldn’t either, if not for the fact that this museum experience is included for free as part of RWS’ S.E.A. Aquarium pass.

While I’m not usually a fan of museums and history lessons, the Maritime Experiential Museum is a decent surprise. In fact, it is as entertaining as the main aquarium attraction.

Chinese Admiral Zheng He's boat in the Maritime Experiential Museum Sentosa

There’s a life-sized replica too, but that one’s way too big for my poor camera.

Essentially, the Maritime Experiential Museum is an homage to Asia’s rich maritime history. More than that, it also recreates the sights, sounds and scents of the old-time trading culture along the ancient Maritime Silk Route.

What is the Silk Route?

The Silk Route is a historical transmission routes that were central to cultural interaction between China and the Mediterranean. Of particular inspiration is Chinese Admiral Zheng He, who led various expeditions back in the 15th century. He firstly opened maritime trade into the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, and eventually reaching as far as the Arabian peninsula and East Africa.

China's Silk at the Maritime Experiential Museum Sentosa

The voyages began with Zheng He bringing gifts such as silk, gold, silver and porcelain. To which China received back novelties from Qui Nhon, Vietnam…

Vietnam's Novelties at the Maritime Experiential Museum Sentosa

…mouth-watering spices from Palembang, Indonesia…

Indonesia's Spices at the Maritime Experiential Museum Sentosa

…nutritional Bird’s Nest from Melaka, Malaysia…

Malaysia's Bird's Nest at the Maritime Experiential Museum Sentosa

…precious gems from Galle, Sri Lanka…

Sri Lanka's Precious Gems at the Maritime Experiential Museum Sentosa

…more exotic spices from Calicut, India…

India's Spices at the Maritime Experiential Museum Sentosa

…whatever the heck this is (accessories?) from Muscat, Oman…

Oman's Accessories at the Maritime Experiential Museum Sentosa

…and exotic animal skin from Malindi, Kenya.

Kenya's Exotic Animal Skin at the Maritime Experiential Museum Sentosa

Geez, what would PETA say!

And that’s not everything! I’m just scratching on the surface here, because the six ports of call that I went through just now were the highlights of the experience.

Still, the Maritime Experiential Museum is best experienced first-hand. Just so you can march to the beat of African drums, smell the spices, and… uhm, steal some precious gems. Okay, maybe not the last one!

But really, with so many arts and crafts things you can do, interactive screens, etc, this felt more like a mini-theme park than a museum. And once you’re done messing around with the multisensory museum experience, there’s still the main attraction: S.E.A. Aquarium, world’s largest oceanarium. 

What’s your favorite museum? Would you consider going to the Maritime Experiential Museum?

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. I think the Maritime Museum in Sentosa is a perfect accompaniment to the Asian Civilisations Museum over near the River. Both have some fascinating history on the region’s maritime trade.

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    1. Andrew Darwitan says:

      Thanks for sharing, Lee. I’ve never been to Asian Civilisations Museum myself. I’ve only been to one other museum in Singapore and I can’t even remember which one that is! I should start museum-hopping sometimes. =)

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