Sleep in Museum
Sleep in Museum
Chance to sleep in replica of Portuguese galleon
The Star Friday January 30, 2009 By ALLISON LAI
MALACCA: The Malacca Museums Corporation (Perzim) has come up with a novel way of promoting its Maritime Museum as a tourist attraction by offering a sleepover for visitors. Perzim general manager Khamis Abas said the Sleepover@The Museum package would be launched in mid February.
"It offers a chance to spend a night in the replica of the famous 15th Century Portuguese galleon Flo De Lama or Flower of the Sea at the museum in Jalan Mederka, next to Malacca River," he said when met during the launch of a trial run of the package recently. Perzim will promote the package together with Naza Hotel Melaka and Malacca River and Coastal Development Corporation.
Between 20 and 40 people are targeted per day for the sleepover that begins before sunset with a cruise on Malacca River from Taman Rempah to Padang Nyiru. The group will be taken on a guided river walk in the state's core heritage zone before proceeding to the museum to spend the night.
"They will also be given a tour of the maritime museum, a slide presentation and a question and answer session before going to bed at 11pm," he said, adding that they would return to their hotels the following morning.
The idea was mooted recently and angled as an edu-tainment for students and families, he said.
"We wanted to try the 16th Century Dutch Stadhuys complex, but some suggested the ship as they thought the Stadhuys would be spooky," he quipped.
Well-known tour guide Shaukani Abbas, 51, said the sleepover was an interesting way of introducing Malacca to visitors. He said the response had been encouraging, especially from children accompanying their parents.
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