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Check out what’s new and ex­cit­ing at this im­mer­sive nau­ti­cal-themed mu­seum.

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Ex­plor­ing a mu­seum with a nau­ti­cal theme

The Mar­itime Ex­pe­ri­en­tial Mu­seum at Re­sorts World Sen­tosa has re­cently un­der­gone a re­vamp, adding five new ex­cit­ing zones to the mix. With the iconic Mar­itime Silk Route as a theme, there are stun­ning vi­su­als, mul­ti­me­dia shows and in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays to ex­plore.

#1 Learn­ing to Nav­i­gate

In this hands-on and ed­u­ca­tional gallery (which hap­pens to be de­signed like the lower deck of a ship!) you’ll learn about the nav­i­ga­tion skills that an­cient sea­far­ers used for ex­plor­ing the world. Try your hand at ty­ing knots, read nau­ti­cal charts and com­passes, and learn how to fol­low stars. Then, take the kids to the photo cor­ner and have a blast su­per­im­pos­ing out­fits on your­selves; best of all, you can send dig­i­tal copies to your email as a keep­sake. Need­less to say, this zone is es­pe­cially pop­u­lar with fam­i­lies.

#2 Pi­rate En­counter

Walk on the wild side and re­live the jour­neys of sailors at this new multi-sen­sory gallery where you’ll sur­vive a pi­rate at­tack aboard a burn­ing ship and be taken through a walk­way where you’ll wit­ness some pi­rates in ac­tion.

#3 Mar­itime Coin His­tory

Can you imag­ine a time with­out money? In the past, peo­ple traded by bar­ter­ing goods, but lim­i­ta­tions in this sys­tem led to the emer­gence of cur­ren­cies. At this ex­hibit, you can check out the types of money used in the olden days on the Mar­itime Silk Route, and learn about coin-mak­ing and how it dif­fered be­tween the Chi­nese and Euro­peans.

#4 Ports of Call

Here you can ex­plore the busy ports of Quanzhou, Oman, Cali­cut and Malacca, im­por­tant cities along the Mar­itime Silk Route. Ad­mire age-old ar­chi­tec­ture, take in the smells of spices and per­fumes and feast your eyes on goods and trin­kets in the vi­brant mar­ket­places.

#5 Sin­ga­pore Mar­itime Le­gacy

Won­der­ing how Sin­ga­pore be­came what it is to­day? Through his­tor­i­cal videos and images, this gallery shows how the city’s trad­ing lo­ca­tion en­abled the econ­omy to thrive and de­velop into the bustling busi­ness hub we know and love to­day.


Don’t leave with­out drop­ping by the Typhoon Theatre! At this pop­u­lar mul­ti­sen­sory at­trac­tion, you’ll go on a jour­ney through a tur­bu­lent storm and ex­pe­ri­ence the power of the el­e­ments, be­fore de­scend­ing to the bot­tom of the sea. A ship­wreck ex­hi­bi­tion lies just be­yond the exit. Tick­ets: $3 (ad­di­tional to mu­seum en­try fee).

Fact File

Hours: 10am to 7pm Tick­ets: $9 for adults, $6 for chil­dren. While you’re there, why not check out the S.E.A. Aquar­ium too? Com­bined tick­ets to the Mar­itime Ex­pe­ri­en­tial Mu­seum and aquar­ium cost $39/$25.

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