Port Dickson is a quick drive for a weekend at the beach, some spa relaxation or simply, to discover new hiking trails. It is not a surprise that we keep going there, and this time, stopped by the Army museum.
The Army Museum is located right next to the Sri Rusa military base, a short distance from Port Dickson town. It is managed by the Malaysian Royal Armed Forces. The museum houses information on military achievements, memorabilia, uniforms and weapons and covers decades of history.
There are two blocks of buildings housing four galleries each, taking visitors from era to era. One of the galleries is dedicated to the era of the Melaka Sultanate, providing a nice overview of how life must have been in the ancient empire. Another gallery tells the tale of British Malaya, and the various local heroes and freedom fighters that had put up resistance to the colonial rulers throughout their time in the power. Other galleries are dedicated to the time of the formation of the Malay army, the time of the Japanese occupation and the communist insurgency.
For those seeking an adventure, there is also a replica of the underground tunnel in Betong, Thailand, used by the members of the Malayan Communist Party (1968), although this one is a lot shorter at 142m. You take a staircase underground and enter a dark tunnel which has a communist sentry, mock surgery room, mock operations room and ammunition store. This was truly a highlight for me as I am fascinated with the communist insurgence and going down the tunnel was quite a moment!
We really enjoyed the morning at the museum and it was a great introduction to Malaysian history for the children.
Kem Sri Rusa 71050 Port Dickson Negeri Sembilan
Opening time : 10:00am – 5:00pm from Wednesday – Sunday
Entrance Fee : FREE