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The Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium in Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore.




The Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium which was formerly the Maritime Xperiential Museum is a museum in Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa, Singapore.

Overview

• This museum was built to house the Jewel of Muscat and some of the 60,000 artifacts salvaged from the Belitung shipwreck.
• Belitung shipwreck was an Arabian dhow wrecked off the coast of Belitung Island.
• The Jewel of Muscat is an accurate reproduction of the Arab dhow ship presented by the Sultanate of Oman to the government.
• The artifacts, purchased by the Sentosa Leisure Group in 2005, are on loan to the Singapore Tourism Board.
• The museum will support research and conservation and is due to be opened on 15 October 2011.
• The Belitung shipwreck was discovered in 1998.
• It was discovered by sea-cucumber fishermen diving in shallow water.
• It was wrecked just off the Coast of Belitung Island near Java.
• The wreck was excavated by Tilman Walterfang.
• He discovered that the cargo of 60,000 items were still in place.

Cargo
• Tilman Walterfang’s ethical philosophy the cargo was not sold off piece by piece to collectors.
• Walterfang kept the precious cargo intact as one complete collection to study in its original context.
• It was housed in private storage for six years.
• The items have been conserved (including desalination), studied and carefully restored.
• This is done by Tilman’s company Seabed Explorations Ltd in New Zealand.
• The cargo was eventually purchased for around $32 million US.
• It was put on display at the Art Science Museum at Marina Bay Sands, in an exhibition called “Shipwrecked: Tang.

Treasures and Monsoon Winds
• This exhibition ran from 19 February to 31 July 2011.
• Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium (MEMA) is the first and only museum to showcase the maritime history featuring over 400 rare objects.
• There is a life-sized replica of Admiral Zheng He’s Treasure Ship (Bao Chuan) and his massive fleet.
• The Treasure Ships were believed to sail along with 30 to 40 medium-sized ones. They include:
– Horse ships
– Supply ships
– Combatships
– Water tankers
– Patrol ships

SOUK
• Visit the 8 ports of call at the SOUK.
• Here visitors will be fascinated by the sight, smell and sounds of the people and cultures and the interesting stories about these ports.
• Learn more about the maritime trade, the people and cultures at the various exciting interactive items which are located along the SOUK and basement of the museum.
• One of the key highlights of MEMA is the “Jewel of Muscat”, which is a full-sized replica of a 9th-century dhow which is a gift from the Omani Government.
• Try your hand to navigate through the seas using the “kamal”, an ancient Arab navigation tool.

Typhoon Theatre
• Experience the wrath of the sea in the Typhoon Theatre, which is a 360-degree multimedia theatre that takes visitors on a perilous voyage on board a 9th-century Chinese junk.
• Laden with cargo, the ship runs into a storm.
• The sea roars, the skies darken and the ship rolls, pitches, turns and finally sinks.
• At the end, the ship’s passengers find themselves in the depths of the ocean, up close with the shipwreck.

Features of The Maritime Museum

• Interactive exploration of Asia’s rich maritime history
• Maritime Voyage Tours
• Education
• Hands- on activities
• MEMA lectures Young voyages club
• Variety of performances and events
• GOOD FOR
– Maritime history
– Families
– Education

Essential Information

OPENING HOURS
Museum
Mon – Thurs 10am – 7pm
Fri – Sun 10am – 9pm
Typhoon Theatre
10am – 8pm daily
ADMISSION FEE
General Admission
Adult – $5
Child (4 yrs old to 12 yrs old) – $2
Senior Citizen (65 yrs old & above) – $3
*Excludes admission to Typhoon Theatre
Typhoon Theatre Admission
Adult – $6Child (4 yrs old to 12 yrs old) – $4
Senior Citizen (65 yrs old &above) – $3
*Excludes admission to Museum
Tickets : MUSEUM ADMISSION
• $5 ADULT
• $2 CHILD (4-12 years old)
• $3 SENIOR CITIZEN (65 years old and above)
TYPHOON THEATRE
• $6 ADULT
• $4 CHILD (4-12 years old)
• $3 SENIOR CITIZEN (65 years old and above)

Some exhibits
• Pirates of the East
• Bao Chuan Show
• Zheng He Exhibit
• The Souk (Ports of Calls)
• Guangzhou Wharf
• Jewel of Muscat
• Typhoon Theatre
• Maritime Archaeology Gallery
• The Bakau Wreck
• Temasek’s role in the International and SE Asia’s trading network
• Historic Ship Harbour

Historic Ships
• Chinese Fuchuan Junk
• Indonesian Borobudur Ship
• Indian Dhow
• Javanese Jong
• South-China-Sea Tradition

Some more attractions of Sentosa Island

• Sentosa 4D Magix
• Sentosa CineBlast
• Fort Siloso
• MegaZip Adventure Park
• Azzura Beach Club
• Sentosa Luge & Skyride
• Tiger Sky Tower
• Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
• Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon

Beaches at Sentosa

• Palawan Beach
• Siloso Beach
• Tanjong Beach

Other facilities
• There are six hotels and resorts in Sentosa.
• Spa Villas.

Events at Sentosa

• Barclays Singapore Open
• Sentosa Balloon Hats Festival
• Beach parties
• Sentosa Flowers
• The SWATCH-FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2007

Best time to visit/climate

– Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
– Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
– Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
– Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
– Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

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How to get to Maritime Museum – Sentosa?

Public Bus Services : Public bus services ensure a convenient connection from the tourist belt and most hotels in the city to Resorts World Sentosa.

How to reach Singapore?

1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels.online.com.sg
Hotels at expedia.co.in

Blogs/Sites about Maritime Museum- Singapore

Blogs at yoursingapore.com
Blogs at rwsentosa.com
Blogs at sentosa.com.sg
Blogs and reviews at huangcs.wordpress.com

Images and photos of Maritime Museum – Singapore

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