I LOVE Museums.. ask anybody that knows me and they'd tell you that if i had to choose between spending time walking aimlessly in a mall or spending it in a museum, hands down without a doubt, the Museum is the winner..no questions ask..
So with that cleared out of the way, you can imagine my excitement ( Ladies, imagine receiving an all expense make up shopping spree card, voucher thingy & guys, whatever excites you ;) ), when on my recent trip to Port Dickson, i visited *gasp* a MUSEUM!
That's right, the Port Dickson Army Museum to be precise.
Here's the thing, i have never, prior to my recent trip, never been to PD before and i have to say, it is truly a step back into time where times were a little more simpler.. the whole place got me thinking about what to do when i reach my golden age and am looking for a place to retire into...yeap, in a condo by the ocean in PD... but with that said, that plan is like a gazillion years away so we'll just leave it at that..now back to the topic at hand.
Ah yes, The Army Museum Port Dickson@Muzium Tentera Darat Port Dickson, is definitely worth visiting.
Unlike other museum's, the AMPD has managed to preserve the old artifacts, vehicles and the museum itself, 100%, albeit with minor wear & tear.
Now getting to the museum or should i say, to the museum's entry can be a little tricky if you're not from there. We almost drove into the army base camp as it is located just next to the museum!
I would have taken a picture of the entry but seeing as its located right smack on the main road, with cars passing by fast, i deduced that my life was much more valuable than a picture. Also, being in Malaysia, one can always asks for direction from the helpful officers and residents living around the area, a move i did do which resulted in us finding the right entry.
Back to the Museum.
Upon entry, there is a flight of stairs that will take you to the Museum.
There are 3 parts to the museum: The outer display, The inward display( 2 storeys ) & The Underground display.
The Outer Display
A few cannons used back in the day before Malaysia achieved independence are laid out on both sides, some of which the year, made and person in-charge of it, is listed in a plaque below it.
Passed that, there are on display a few old locomotives, passenger trains, vehicles and planes that were used as well as a monument of those who sacrificed their lives fighting for our country's independence.
The restrooms are also located outside as well as the cafeteria and souvenir shop,
The Inward Display
This is set within the museum and houses artifacts and smaller items used during the day. There are a few rooms that houses these artifacts all around the museum grounds and are labeled according to the era , such as: The British Invasion Era, The Japanese Invasion Era, The Independence Era and so on.
The Underground Display
This has got to be one of the coolest/creepiest/eye opening display to date for me, that's because, unlike other museums, the Underground Display is actually a TUNNEL! That's right, known as the PKM Tunnel or the Communist Tunnel, it is filled with artifacts, mannequins replica's and of course historical information of what the tunnel was used for, by whom and more...and it's long (creepy part)..long, dark and at times humid.. not to worry though, the whole place is equipped with CCTV for security and safety.
So there you have it.. a summary of my trip to the Army Museum Port Dickson. I did visit other attractions whilst in PD but that would make for another review.
So parents, with the holidays coming up next week, why not take the kids down to The Army Museum in PD before hitting the beach. Teach them a little bit about our country's history accompanied with a few real life artifacts.
Young adults, you should do the same too. It's always good to remember the price paid for what we are able to freely enjoy today.
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By: Mel. 24th May 2017.
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