Before being taken over by the Museum Corporation
(PERZIM) the building was occupied by the Melaka Historical City
Municipal Council. The People's Museum located on the 1st floor
of the building was officially declared open by the Prime Minister
of Malaysia on April 15, 1992.
The museum portrays various facets of Melaka -
the administrative structure, the social infrastructure, tourism,
the manufacturing and industrial sector, the agricultural sector
etc - and how they evolved and developed through time. An exhibition
to mark the rapid growth of Melaka from 1982 to 1992 known as "Melaka
- A Decade of Growth 1982 -1992" has been incorporated into the
To record and preserve Melaka's achievements in
the development sector. The exhibition also highlights the close
co-operation between the State Government and the people, working
in tandem, to make Melaka a model developed state.