The Museum of Literature is located at a building
near the Stadhuys that used to house the Melaka State Development
The museums contains material pertaining to written
historical records of Melaka, such as the 'Malay Annals', 'Hikayat
Hang Tuah', 'Hukum Kanun Melaka' (Punishment Under Canon Law), the
writings of Munsyi Abdullah and local Malay folklore. The museum
also traces the growth of literature in Melaka from the period of
the Melaka Sultanate to the contemporary literary scene.
The exhibits also include graphic representations
in the form of paintings based on events described in the Malay
Annals and the execution of penalties as provided under the 'Hukum
Kanun Melaka and copies of original handwritten historical manuscripts
from many parts of the world.
Traditional literary genres such as 'pantun', 'gurindam',
'nazam', and puisi (poetry) are also given due recognition. The
gallery honouring national and local writers is very popular among
To keep and preserve literary works from the earliest
times to the present for posterity, promote the development of literature,
and honour Malay writers and poets of note by featuring them in
museum displays and exhibitions.