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4.5   (126)


A hidden gem to have a short history about the Malaysian customs department. It is free, usually not crowded, and visitors get to see some of the confiscated items plus tools used in days long gone.

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Tags: Historical

What to Expect?

Customs Museum was established on August 25 2006. It was launched by Malacca Chief Minister, YAB Datuk Wira Mohd Ali bin Rustam. It is located at in front of the Malacca River​ Cruise Terminal at Jala​n Merdeka, Banda Hilir. The main objective of this museum is to provide information about the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD) roles.

While the museum façade looks uninteresting and in turn keeps its visitor's expectation low, it actually is a humble exhibition that might surprise the visitors.

There is a wealth of interesting items on display. These include uniforms through the ages, old and modern equipment used by the Department and historic photos of Customs Department employees in offices around Malaysia.

Also on display are other seized items such as protected wildlife products (deer antlers, turtle shells for example), illegal firearms and sharp weapons, obscene sculptures and motorcycles without approval permits.

Well worth visiting, especially if you are visiting the Maritime Museum which is located just right next door. Admission is free and you should not miss this place.

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 Address:   Jln Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000, Melaka, Melaka

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06-283 3924

Weekends 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Weekdays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  Reviews 4.5   (126)
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    Wicked Sheila

    3 months ago

    We spontaneously visited this museum and were pleasantly surprised to hear there's no entrance fee. With that in mind, we also didn't expect the museum to be fairly big and well displayed.

    It offers a mix of the history and former tools of the custom department. And it shows confiscated items such as helmets, weapons, religious clothing and more. Although it doesn't always explains why an item is confiscated (like the motor helmets), it's very interesting.

    It gives you an cultural insight as so many items won't be confiscated in an European country for example. And it makes you realise that in the end, all customs from all over the world, are working with the same goal.

    We enjoyed our visit. Even our kids did, although there are no children's activities. They saved their questions till the end to have them answered by the friendly staff.

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    Ro McCrossin

    6 months ago

    Incredible value for the price of free. Never been to a better museum since I arrived in melacca. I was particularly enraptured by the confiscated items, although I appreciate that they were covered to a modest degree. I will not be bringing my hoard of such items into Malaysia any time soon having been so thoroughly educated by the Customs Museum. You'd be wasting your time if you didn't go here. Please go. Thank you again Malaysia.

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    Kamil Ttd

    a year ago

    Okay place for kids to learn some history and enjoy being on a 'pirate ship'.

    The price for the ticket is okay...

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    2 months ago

    free entry

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    Ivo Ming Ling Ting

    6 months ago

    Worth a visit, free, and very informative

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