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Maritime Experiential Museum

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Resorts World Sentosa 8 Sentosa Gateway Sentosa Island Singapore 098269
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David Tan
Listing created by David Tan on November 01, 2012    

The Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium is a museum in Resorts World Sentosa built to house the Jewel of Muscat.


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Weekday Opening Hours:
10am to 7pm (Mon - Thu)
Weekend Opening Hours:
10am to 9pm (Fri - Sun & PH)
Entrance Fees:
$5/ Adult
$2/ Child (4 - 12 years old)
$3/ Senior Citizens (65 yrs old & above)
Price Range
< $10


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Decent enough

The museum is pretty decent; not extraordinarily magnificient or anything, but decent and passable considering the price of the tickets. Some catches though, the admission ticket price does not include the tickets for the 4D show inside the museum which is pretty expensive by itself.

Be sure to catch a little show at specific times held at the entrance of the museum - you won't miss it. There are rows of steps with beanbags for you to lay back on and wait for the show to start. The show is nothing much though, just some graphics.

Do walk around the entire museum - they are some pretty hard to find areas downstairs so be sure to explore everywhere! Lots of quaint little souvenirs and displays; as well as some hands on activities for the little kids.

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(Updated: March 18, 2013)

Dream of being a pirate?

This place used to be really quiet but ever since the opening of the world's largest aquarium, it was packed! I bought the package of visiting both the aquarium and museum at $39. The minute i stepped in, a huge ship the size of the Titanic greeted me. As I walked further along, i realised the ship was just half and at the back of split ship were animals as this work art was entitled noah's art. There were other art works and sculptures of the early pirates and a life size model of English pirates discussing the navy routes.

They also had a typhoon theater which you had to pay extra to enter. It was basically a room which enables one to experience the different stage of typhoon and the high the stage the more severe the typhoon is.

The museum isn't very big but it is stands out from your normal art museums as lets you see the lives of pirates in the olden days which is nothing like what Jack Sparrow depicts.

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An Immersive, Underrated Experience

The Maritime Museum was a great treasure for my budding historian sister and I.

There appeared to be lot of careful thought that went into the conception, planning and layout of the whole museum - from the ship hull at the entrance to the individual exhibits, to the Typhoon Theatre, everything was integrated very seamlessly, as though we were on a voyage through space and time. My sister was especially thrilled by the artefacts, informative write-ups and interactive displays that were there, and would probably have spent a whole day exploring all of them had we not hurried her along.

The Typhoon Theatre was an interesting, immersive experience (pun intended), but I have to admit the forced Caucasian accents used in the short film did put me off quite a bit initially. The exit that opened up to a part of the S.E.A. Aquarium did excite us for a brief moment, till we found that we had to queue for the Aquarium again. (!) It would definitely have been better if they had integrated the two.

Overall, the museum was a wholesome historical and cultural experience that is definitely worth its value. It's a pity that it seems to be overshadowed by the hype of the neighbouring S.E.A. Aquarium.

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Avoid if fundamentally uninterested

Highly specialized, which ensures that it will only appeal to a segment of people who are interested in the scope of coverage. The exhibits are not only visually appealing, but will impart new information. They are interactive, but only if you care to interact with it.
Undoubtedly, the highlight of the museum to me is the Typhoon Theatre, which has an almost theme park quality in the way the seats jolt around and water sprays at you while the movie plays. If you’re going to pay the entrace fee, you might as well just pay the extra money to go to the Typhoon Theatre.
The museum gets a great deal of flak for dedicating an insane amount of space to their souvenir shop—a turn off. However, if one is not interested in buying souvenirs, and can get over the turnoff, you will realise that the souvenir shop is also an intricately designed exhibit in itself.

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They just want you to shop

I went to the Maritime Experiential Museum not too long ago, and I can't say I was very impressed. The giant ship in the museum with a huge screen on it's hull introducing the history of maritime exploration captured my attention; but other than that, most of the exhibits were dull since they are uninteractive. The description of each exhibit was far too long (stretching an entire board) and riddled with uninteresting facts. Thus, I spent only a few seconds glancing at each exhibit before moving on.

Even the souvenir shop was bigger and had better design than the exhibits, which says a lot about the whole purpose of building this museum in the first place.

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parent's first choice.

It is an extremely educational and rich in history. The artefacts come with a information panel making it very useful. The old traditions and highlights were depicted in this museum, with many tangible items like fabric, gunny sack, staple items. Those that aren't transportable they made figurines to mimic it. It is also looks good in photographs.

However, there is room for improvement. It is slightly overpriced and there is little interaction in the museum. There is a significant amount of effort put in such as photo boards, interactive instrument panel but it is not enough. Although i must say this is one of the most interactive museums in Singapore, it is not yet up to mark to compare it with leisure attractions.

On the other hand, it is a wonderful place to educate children by exposing them to such attractions to invoke their interest in history and culture. Children get to experience the life of a Singaporean in the olden days which is foreign to them.

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(Updated: December 07, 2012)

One should not be charged $11 for this

Before you get to the Aquarium, you must navigate through the treacherous corridors of what I call the worst "museum" in Singapore, "The Maritime Experiential Museum." I guess in theory they kinda got the concept right, a maritime museum of the silk route as a prelude to the aquarium which would display life beneath the sea. But the execution was all wrong. Well at least they got the name right, its experimental indeed, and they succeeded in experimenting making people mad.

Now don't get me wrong, I have an appreciation for art and culture - in fact I love museums and have been to nearly every one in Singapore. I just don't think any of these commercially made props here qualify as art, heritage or belong in any "museum" for that matter. It just seemed like poor conceived gimmick to fill up the space which they should not be charging people for! So starved for ideas they were they even have a get this ... a maritime themed board game in the middle of the museum which is impossible to play because

1) strangers keep touching it.
2) you have to walk all the way to get the counters
3) people have better things to do with their life, like making their way to the aquarium.

Entry to the Maritime Museum is included in the $29 Aquarium ticket price but tickets to the maritime museum could be bought individually for $11 (God bless your soul). I would very much have that price knocked of the $29 fee but unfortunately that is not possible. Admission to the Maritime Museum is mandatory if you want to get to the Aquarium. The museum is filled with uninspired artwork and props. It occupies two levels, although the bottom level is 70% filled up with shop space. Avoid it and go straight to the SEA Aquarium and the end of the bottom level that you were here for.

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Wonderful experience

I went to this museum a couple of months ago and it was a rather rewarding experience for me. The life-sized replica of Zheng He’s Treasure ship caught my attention the moment I stepped into the museum; it was stunning and even broadcasted a video regarding Asia’s maritime history.

There were various interactive points around the museum where we could play touch-screen games, create our own origami, “chop” our “passports” and so on. For those who adore taking pictures, you can very well satisfy your cravings because cameras are allowed and there are so many cool exhibits - even a life-sized replica of a camel!

The souvenir shop boasted a wide range of souvenirs from water bottles, t-shirts, soft toys, tea leaves, to premixes of local delicacies like chicken rice! The things on sale were a tad too pricey for me though, but what can you expect from a souvenir shop?

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