The Historical and Ethnography Museum is located
at the Stadhuys at the junction of Jalan Kota and Jalan Gereja,
Melaka. In front of the building, in an area known as Dutch Square,
is the Victoria Water Fountain and the Tan Beng Seng Clock Tower
built in the year 1886. The Historical and Ethnography Museum is
on the second floor of the Stadhuys building.
The museum portrays the lifestyle of the different
communities and sub-communities that make up the population of Melaka
- the Malays, the Chinese, the Indians, the Portuguese, the Baba
and Nyonya, the Chetti and Chitty communities.
Among the exhibits on display are items used in
traditional wedding ceremonies, kitchen utensils, musical instruments
and collections of ancient porcelain ware. There are also collections
of ancient weapons, stamps and various currencies.
The first floor of the Historical and Ethnography
Museum is devoted to the history of Melaka which in reality is the
early history of Malaysia. It covers the period from the founding
of Melaka to the establishment of independent Federation of Malaya.
The exhibits provide a true reflection of early Melaka, its existence
as a colony, the struggle for independence and the rapid development
of post-independence Melaka.
The Historical section of the museum is devoted
to the history of Melaka from its establishment in 1400 to 1957,
the year it gained independence.
The Ethnography section of the museum portrays
the lifestyle and culture of the various communities and sub-communities
that make up the multi-racial society of Melaka.