You may already know that Singapore is one of the world’s busiest ports, but did you know that the recently opened The Maritime Experiential Museum™ is the first and only museum to showcase the maritime history of Asia? Featuring over 400 rare objects, the Maritime Experiential Museum™ takes you on a journey of epic voyages.
Be awed by the life-sized replica of Admiral Zheng He’s Treasure Ship (Bao Chuan) and his massive fleet–a sight to behold! The Treasure Ships were believed to sail along with 30 to 40 medium-sized ones such as horse ships, supply ships, combat ships, water tankers and patrol ships–which provided all supplies required for their voyages.
Visit the eight ports of call at the SOUK where visitors will be fascinated by the sight, smell and sounds of the people and cultures and the interesting stories about these ports along the maritime trade routes. Have fun and learn more about the maritime trade, the people and cultures at the various exciting interactive sections which are located along the SOUK and basement of the museum.
One of the key highlights of The Maritime Experiential Museum™ is the “Jewel of Muscat”, a full-sized replica of a 9th-century dhow which is a gift from the Omani Government. Be awed and fascinated by how the people reconstructed the dhow and their voyage on the historic maritime route between Oman to Singapore mainly by wind power and celestial navigation. Try your hand to navigate through the seas using the “kamal”, an ancient Arab navigation tool!
Experience the wrath of the sea in the Typhoon Theatre, 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.