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No 8 Heeren Street Heritage Centre

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Address: 8 Jalan Tun Tan, Melaka 75300, Malaysia
Phone Number:
+60 6-281 1507

Take a journey into Old Malacca within our walls. Step through the doors...

Take a journey into Old Malacca within our walls. Step through the doors and visit a fine example of a late 18th century two-storey building. “No 8” houses a permanent exhibit on the conservation and restoration process of the building, as well as a short history of early shophouse and Dutch hybrid domestic architecture. The house is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:30am to 4pm. No entrance fee; but donations are welcome.

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Interesting period house with knowledgeable guide

This free attraction is a great illustration of the way the original shophouses were configured and used. The guide who was manning the place was very knowledgeable and had a good... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

This free attraction is a great illustration of the way the original shophouses were configured and used. The guide who was manning the place was very knowledgeable and had a good balance between telling and letting us explore. You will probably spend less than an hour here, but for a free exhibit, it helps build up the picture of the... More 

Thank jschwa1
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

The house just looks empty inside with some English language info boards to those of us with limited architectural knowledge. But get the guardian talking and you can be richly informed of the hows and whys of the construction, and the reason the house is so significant. Definitely worth going to if you are atall interested in architecture or what... More 

1 Thank Phil D
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Great example of how historic buildings can be preserved if people are willing to take the time, effort (and some money). The guide explains how this modest shop / house, built during the Dutch era, has recently been restored using original materials and techniques. Sad that these buildings are becoming few and far between. Well worth a look.

Thank Andy K
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

This is a modest trader's house and shop which has been restored to its original condition. As such it shows a much more realistic view of old Malacca than the other museums in town. There is not too much 'stuff' to see, but the guide, Mr Goh (who speaks perfect English) is more than willing to discuss any aspect of... More 

Thank NickSidmouth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Very informative and interesting. It shows the original Dutch architecture details if old Melaka. Thanks to the dedicated gentlemen in their conservation effort.

1 Thank KK S
London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Shirley our guide quickly established that we understood English and then whisked us around this wonderful Chinese merchant establishment with an informative commentary and a sense of humour . Akin to the Florentine merchants, business was done on the ground floor . The shop front opened into a wooden counter with capacious storerooms behind . The business thrived , evident... More 

Thank Glenn B
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

A small, impeccably restored shop house. It would take just a few minutes to walk around, but we probably stayed for an hour talking to the interpreter. He was great. Lots of insights that added much to our visit to Melaka overall.

1 Thank DayleePaleta
Maastricht, The Netherlands
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32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Interesting, original Melaka building worth a short stop. An employee shortly explained the background of the place, after which we could look around. Free, but do donate some money for the good cause!

Thank Patrick B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the house. We were fortunate to meet Colin, who told us lots of information about restoring the old Dutch style shop houses and about his life growing up in Melaka. Don't hesitate to call in whilst you're here!

1 Thank N_washbrook
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

This museum/heritage center offers a unique way to experience and understand the heritage of Melaka during the Dutch era. It was restored as a UNESCO project using the building techniques of the era it was built - e.g. the walls are "papered" with lime, as opposed to concrete or dry wall, and the bricks are laid out to demonstrate the... More 

3 Thank Ben S

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