The Maritime Experiential Museum

Coordinates: 1°15′30.0″N 103°49′13.8″E / 1.258333°N 103.820500°E / 1.258333; 103.820500
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The Maritime Experiential Museum
The main entrance of the museum
The Maritime Experiential Museum is located in Singapore
The Maritime Experiential Museum
Location within Singapore
Former name
Maritime Xperiential Museum
Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium
Established15 October 2011; 12 years ago (2011-10-15)
Dissolved2 March 2020; 4 years ago (2020-03-02)
Location8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Coordinates1°15′30.0″N 103°49′13.8″E / 1.258333°N 103.820500°E / 1.258333; 103.820500
Typemaritime museum

The Maritime Experiential Museum (Simplified Chinese: 海事博物馆及水族馆 (Maritime Museum and Aquarium)), formerly the Maritime Xperiential Museum and the Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium, was a museum in Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa, Singapore, built to house the Jewel of Muscat. It was opened on 15 October 2011[1] and was closed on 2 March 2020 to become part of the new Singapore Oceanarium, an expansion of the former S.E.A. Aquarium.[2][3]


The museum's main attraction was a 15m tall reconstruction of an ancient Chinese ship which is created based on historical accounts of Chinese mariner and diplomat,Zheng He's journeys to the "Western Ocean" (Indian Ocean).[4] Behind the Chinses ship was a replica of a 9th-century Arabian dhow, the Jewel Of Muscat, which was gifted to Singapore by the Sultanate of Oman.[4]

Surrounding both ships is the Souk Gallery which is a collection of dioramas of ancient markets in Vietnam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Iran and Malindi in Africa .[4]

At the end of the gallery, the museum had a simulator, Typhoon Theatre, to let visitors experience what happened when a Chinese junk is caught in a storm.[4] Visitors subsequently go down a water-themed walkway from the simulator into a gallery with artefacts recovered from a 13th-century wreck off Bakau in Indonesia.[4]

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  1. ^ "Master of the Sea". The New Paper. 15 October 2011. pp. 14–15.
  2. ^ Resorts World Sentosa's "media alert": Resorts World Sentosa Bids Farewell to Crane Dance and The Maritime Experiential Museum, 13 January 2020. In:
  3. ^ "RWS closing Crane Dance, Maritime Experiential Museum on Mar 2". CNA Lifestyle. Retrieved 2023-04-26.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Sailing into the past". The Straits Times. 29 September 2011. pp. C2.

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