The Maritime Experiential Museum at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is a must visit for the whole family! It not only has alot of information about the maritime history of asia, there are also interactive points throughout the museum that kids can enjoy! The best part is that the price is relatively cheap as well!
Things to do at the Maritime Experiential Museum
At the entrance of the museum, you will see the Bao Chuan…
Bao Chuan is actually the treasure ship of Zheng He’s fleet of ships. Its main symbol is the figurine called Bi Shu (did we spell that right?). Legend has it that Bi Shu stole treasure, kept it to himself but was discovered by Zheng He. Zheng He then punished Bi Shu and placed him to guard the treasure. Hence, now Bi Shu is associated with guardian of wealth, well…it’s all just a myth. The cool part is that it actually moves during the start of the show. The light brown portion will show a short clip about Zheng He and his expedition to this part of the world!
Moving to the left, you will see “The Souk” exhibition.
The Souk covers ports along the maritime silk route such as Quanzhou, Qui Nhon, Palembang, Malacca, Galle, Calicut, Muscat and Malindi.
Here, kids can play the various interactive games such as learning to trade in a port, taking photos superimposed on a traditional costume and watching video of the construction of the Omani Dhow (Jewel of Muscat)
The Dhow (aka Jewel of Muscat) is a centre piece in the Maritime Experiential Museum. It is a gift from Oman and it is entirely constructed out of organic material (i.e. no nails!). Fibres are interwoven and these strong fibres are then used to hold the pieces of wood that form the ship. After construction, the ship actually took the journey that the forefathers took and finally arrived in Singapore! Then President Nathan accepted the gift on behalf of the people of Singapore!
The other main attraction at the Maritime Experiential Museum is the Typhoon Theatre.
The story starts with a chinese trading/sea faring company being entrusted with carrying a gift from China to Oman.
The father (captain) and son (first mate) together with the ambassador takes the golden cup and begins on the journey. You will then enter the typhoon theatre which is actually a 4D show. The ship then enters a storm and eventually sinks, leaving the treasure at the bottom of the ocean. During the storm, you will feel the wind, droplets of water as well as the platform on which you’re seated, move a little.
The show nicely leads to S.E.A Aquarium – The World’s Largest Aquarium…
It is like a preview of the aquarium (enticing you to pay to go into the aquarium itself) where the sunken ship from the 4D movie is shown in the tank together with marine life inside.
Paying the low price to the maritime experiential museum, we think it is well worth it to enjoy the aquarium at these 2 viewing areas. You will be able to sea the sharks, hammer head at that plus all other smaller and interesting fish.
Moving on, you will arrive at the Maritime Archaeology Gallery. Here you will see artefacts from the Bakau and Temasek shipwrecks. Nearby is another main attraction of the museum – the Bao Chuan Cutaway
It is a cross-section of the ship showing its treasures such as the giraffe that Zheng He brought back to show to the emperor. Below which, there is also the pirates and pirate hunters exhibit. Zheng He was also a pirate hunter in pirate infested waters.
The Maritime Experiential Museum Opening Hours and Ticket Prices
Ticket Prices of the Maritime Experiential Museum
Adults : $5
Child (4-12) : $2
Seniors (>60) : $3
Ticket Prices Typhoon Theatre
Adults : $6
Child (4-12) : $4
Seniors (>60) : $3
The ticket prices of the Maritime Experiential Museum are quite cheap right?!
Opening Hours of the Maritime Experiential Museum
The opening hours of the Maritime Experiential Museum varies according to the time of the year. But mostly, it should be open from 10am to 8pm. The typhoon theatre will close 1 hour before the museum closes.
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Visit to the museum was really great and cheap! Remember to check out the Maritime Experential Museum the next time you are Resorts World Sentosa!
Also, don’t forget to check out our post on the SEA Aquarium of RWS which is currently the World’s Largest Aquarium!