|Red Roofs of Singapore|
Malacca has an amazing amount of museums. There is a district that seems to be primarily devoted to stuffing medium sized buildings full of relics, models and large blocks of text. Some of the museums are grouped into sets, where you can pay a single admission for all of them. This is how we ended up in the Literature Museum, the Democracy Museum and the Military Museum all within 3 hours. There were two more in the set, but they were closed for renovations.
|Museum of Literature! Books and authors and things!|
The military museum was less interesting. Jason and I can't agree as to weather it was military or military leaders. It had models of rooms in a mansion, lots of clothes and photos of important people and a table set for a formal meal. Again, I'm sure it would have been more interesting if I'd had context for any of it.
|The old fort, partially restored with |
red tile instead of red stone.
The Deomcracy Museum had a display of royal formal clothes over the course of a hundred years or so. At the beginning, the clothes are what I would expect; men's wrapped skirts and jackets held at the waist with a wide fabric belt. The belt was decorative, practical and held a kris, or Hindu sword. (My favorite kind of clothing are the kinds that contain swords.) As the years progressed, the style of clothing started to change. By the end of the display, the jacket was cut like a British miliary jacket, the skirt had been traded for pants and the kris had been traded out for a saber (good) or removed entirely (lame). This made me think about culture appropriation and how culture morph and change. There is a forthcoming post exclusively on this topic.
|Crow's Nest on the Maritime Museum|
I do love museums. They are vastly informative places. Going to 4 museums in one day was a bit overwhelming. I'm not sure how much information I actually managed to retain. Enough to know I need to learn more history, that's for sure.