The Kesultanan Melaka Museum is a scaled down replica of the palace of the Melaka Sultanate at its height, with the design and construction based on manuscripts describing the palace of the Melaka Sultanate.
The Melaka Sultanate began in 1400 by Parameswara. Under the rule of Parameswara and his successors, Melaka flourished into one of the main trading ports within the region, and coupled together with the coming of Islam to the region and Melaka itself, a centre of Islamic learning as well.
With a vibrant and rich economy as well as its station as a centre of learning, it was natural that Melaka was also recognised as a regional powerhouse, not only be kingdoms in the region but also powerhouses as far away as China.
Legends abound with famous names of the era eg Tun Perak, the Bendahara and mentor to several Melaka Sultans, Tun Tuah and his sworn blood brothers, Tun Jebat, Tun Kasturi, Tun Lekir and Tun Lekiu.
The Melaka Sultanate suffered a serious setback when Melaka fell to the invading Portuguese forces under the command of Alfonso de Albuquerque, in 1511.
With the fall of Melaka, all evidence of the Melaka Sultanate including the homes of its leaders and Islamic centres of learning and mosques, were eliminated.