Get ready for an exciting voyage on the turbulent high seas and sail off on an explorer adventure at the newly-unveiled Maritime Experiential Museum. Opening its doors to the public after nine months of overhauling, this is the newest attraction at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) dedicated to the exploration of the iconic Maritime Silk Route.
Housing a total of 15 unique galleries, including 5 brand new zones featuring never-before-seen content and installations, the revamped attraction will engage the senses of visitors through a combination of state-of-the-art visual projections, multimedia shows, interactive hands-on exhibits, olfactory experiences and plenty of stunning Instagram-worthy displays.
Greeted by the 4 world-famous seafarers with holographic effect in the ‘Briefing Room’, visitors will embark on the maritime adventure through the eyes of Marco Polo (the merchant from Venice), Sang Nila Utama (the Palembang prince and founder of Singapura), Ibn Battuta (the Moroccan scholar and explorer) and Zheng He (the Chinese admiral and fleet commander).
To get a glimpse into how maritime trade and cross-cultural exchanges contributed to the progress of civilisation, guests enter the immersive ‘Learning To Navigate’ chamber – the all-new interactive gallery designed to resemble a lower deck of a ship. Guests can try their hands at reading nautical charts, navigate a mariner’s compass or learn more about the ancient art of celestial navigation. Replicas and projections of early trading vessels that ply the Maritime Silk Route, such as the Chinese Junk, Javanese Jong and Borobudur Ship, offer awe-inspiring 360-degree views and fascinating details on the construction of these sturdy ships.
Next, a vibrant marketplace at ‘The Flavours of Maritime Silk Route’ depicts how precious merchandise such as silk, spices and gemstones were so highly sought after those traders were willing to risk their lives for them.
Guests can continue their journey and be marvelled at the ‘Jewel of Muscat’ – designed to resemble a 9th-century Arabian Dhow, which made a tumultuous 138-day voyage from Oman to Singapore in 2010 using only ancient navigational methods with a crew of 15. The immersive ‘Typhoon Theater’, a must-see anchor attraction, simulates a sinking ship in a treacherous storm, letting visitors face the wrath of the sea before descending into the depths of the ocean.
The art and science of navigation comes alive here through a collection of informative and hands-on exhibits. Visitors can learn key skills such as map reading, navigation and the intricacies of tying mariners’ knots which are all the essential prerequisites to be an explorer of the high seas. Visitors can also superimpose a variety of outfits from the past onto themselves at the interactive photo corner and email these fun photos to anyone as keepsakes.
Visitors are thrown into the thick of the action as an intense drama unfolds onboard a burning ship invaded by pirates. This gallery showcases multi-level decks and uses projection technology to allow guests to relive the perilous journeys of seafarers and try to make it out alive of the pirate attack.
The limitations of barter trading led to the emergence of money. Discover the myriad of currencies used in the Maritime Silk Route and the intriguing process of coin-making, including the differences between Chinese and European coin production. Visitors will get to learn the evolutionary timeline of this important intermediary in the exchange of goods and services.
Take a walk through the four bustling ports of Quanzhou, Oman, Calicut and Malacca that linked China with the Middle East and Europe. Through carefully recreated exhibits that encompass multi-sensory engaging elements – from the smells of spices and perfumes to the beautiful architecture of the traditional 14th-century settings – visitors will be treated to an eye-opening whirlwind tour of the four major cities.
Discover the story of how Singapore came to be the thriving metropolis that it is now and learn how its strategic trading location in the Maritime Silk Route catapulted its emergence in trade and economy. Relive the rich history through beautifully preserved archive images and videos. You can understand how the Singapore port has played a significant role in the country’s development into a first world economy in just one generation.
The Maritime Experiential Museum reopened to the public on Friday, 29 December 2017 operating daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Singapore residents will get to enjoy the special opening admission rates of S$9 (U.P. S$12) for an adult one-day ticket and S$6 (U.P. S$8) for a child ticket. Senior citizen tickets are available at S$5 each. Visitors can enjoy the Typhoon Theater experience at an additional fee of S$3 per person.
Singapore residents can also purchase tickets to both the Maritime Experiential Museum and the S.E.A. Aquarium at a special opening admission rate of S$39 (U.P. S$45) for one adult and S$25 (U.P. S$33)for a child.