8 Heeren Street is a fine example of a two-storey building built in the mid-late 1700s. It is typical of early shop houses and modest residential structures built in Malacca between the mid-1600s and late 1800s. The shop houses commonly served as shop, residence, stable and animal yard all at the same time. As part of Badan Warisan Malaysia’s Model Conservation Project, 8 Heeren Street served as a practical example of conservation of its building type, and at the same time demonstrates a successful adaptation of new uses. There are informative wall signs and pictures, and just wandering throughout the house allows you to understand a little better and to catch a glimpse of Old Melaka. No fees, but if you choose to make a donation you know it will aid future restoration work. Visiting hours are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Tuesdays to Saturdays.
If you are traveling by air, nearest airport is Melaka International Airport (IATA: MKZ, ICAO: WMKM) (formerly known as Batu Berendam Airport). An airport located in Batu Berendam, Melaka in Malaysia. The Airport serves the city and the state of Melaka, as well as northern Johor. Melaka International Airport is about 30 minutes away from Melaka city sentre and 8 Heeren Street. Alternatively, Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 1 and 2, both located about 1 hour and 45 minutes from 8 Heeren Street.
It is very easy to get to Melaka city center by car. The North-South PLUS Highway is a modern toll road that runs from Perlis to Johor Bharu. Ayer Keroh is an exit off the highway, which is about 45 minutes from 8 Heeren Street.
The Maritime Museum or Flora de Lamar is a replica of the Portuguese ship, which sank in the coast of Malacca while on its way to Portugal. The main focus of the museum is the maritime history of Malacca and the golden ages of Malacca’s Sultanate as the Emporium of the East. There are also paintings which displays how the Straits of Malacca was a strategic location for traders from both the east and the west stop by at Melaka and conduct their businesses while waiting for the monsoon winds to change direction. The museum has myriads of exhibits of articles such as porcelain, silk, textile and spices used by the seamen of the yesteryears and even come sunken treasures hauled from Diana, another shipwreck. Other than exhibits on the history of the Malaccan Maritime, the museum also showcases the different eras that Malacca has gone through starting from the Malacca Sultanate era to the Portuguese era, Dutch era and ending with the British era. For ship fanatics, there are also a collection of different ship models that are on display at the museum. You will be able to learn more about the types of ships and their functions from the collection. You can also climb up to the upper deck of the ship to view the diorama of the captain cabin. Admission into the museum is RM 3 per adult and RM 1 per child. It is open daily from 9 am to 5.30 pm.
Casa del Rio, Melaka is located on Jalan Kota Laksamana, Melaka, a literal 2 minute walk away from the popular Jonkers Walk and heritage attractions. Keen observers will pick out the Arabic, Chinese and Dutch influences woven into the dominantly Mediterranean architecture. This boutique hotel, offering first class services, is already a striking addition to the historic skyline of the city. The hotel's 66 guest rooms and suites, each covering a minimum of 50 square meters, uniquely feature dressing areas, bathrooms, split level bedrooms and private balconies as well as a number of unique personal touches. Aiming to provide an "at home" atmosphere, Casa del Rio is a sanctuary from the city's bustle, with spaces for indulgent reflective solitude or stimulating interactive conversation depending on the choice of the traveller.