Peranakan Museum

Attraction 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941, Singapore Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours 30 mins
10:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Attraction
4.73 USD

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The Peranakan Museum explores the culture of Peranakan communities in in Southeast Asia. Installed in the former Tao Nan Chinese School, built in 1912, this intimate museum possesses one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Peranakan objects.

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The Peranakan Museum explores the culture of Peranakan communities in in Southeast Asia. Installed in the former Tao Nan Chinese School, built in 1912, this intimate museum possesses one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Peranakan objects. Galleries on three floors illustrate the cultural traditions and the distinctive visual arts of the Peranakans. The Peranakan Museum provides a stimulating and educational experience for all, while representing the living culture of the Peranakan community in the region. The museum is a component of the Asian Civilisations Museum, operating under the National Heritage Board.

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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
115.19 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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If you're interested in Peranakan culture in SG and in other Southeast Asian communities, this is a must-visit. Ancient artifacts and treasures are available in the 10 galleries and interactive areas.

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Check out our upcoming Sarong Kebaya Exhibition from 1 April 2011!

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Aircon really cold! Fantastic place thou!

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This museum explores the culture of the Peranakan (descendants of 17th-century Chinese and Indian immigrants who married local Malays). Inside, find ceremonial jewelry and nyonya porcelain vases.

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love the art works especially the one showing the diverse cooking and wedding styles

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I have been visiting Singapore regularly over the last 30+ years, and with every visit, I find the Singapore of Old further eroded by more development and modernisation. Singapore has lost much (some would argue, almost all) of its original character and charm.Much of it is visually obvious in the absence of old Colonial and Peranakan buildings, having been demolished to make way for new commercial buildings. What is not so apparent is the erosion of one of the region's significant people and distinctive cultures - the Peranakans (or Nyonya-Baba). A people who were historically integral to the fabric of Singapore and Malaya.I could expand on the Peranakans but I will refrain from doing so as it will take much too long. However suffice to say that Singapore and Malaysia's rich history and development over centuries would indubitably be vastly different and lesser (in my humble opinion), if not for the Peranakans. For those interested, all you need do is Google the term 'Peranakan' on the internet.Given that Peranakan culture and its tangible being (in the form of eg buildings, dress, furniture, artwork and so on) are fast disappearing through modernisation and influx of literally thousands of expats and foreign-born people, the Peranakan Museum is an indispensable heritage institution.My visit to the museum was in 2010 and was the highlight of my vacation. For me personally, it brought back many wonderful memories of growing up in Singapore and Malaysia.I have no doubt that the Peranakan Museum will be a wonderful experience for all visitors - whether a local, an expat who has spent years working in Singapore or the casual tourist to the country.The museum is well organised and presented, with a comprehensive collection of displays. Descriptions of exhibits were concise, yet adequately comprehensive, to provide the reader with a good level of information without being boring or tedious. The museum is on my list of 'things to do' on my next visit to Singapore.Entry cost is reasonable and I would recommend allocating between 3 to 4 hours to do justice to the museum and its exhibits. If pushed for time, allow 1.5 to 2 hours for a quick overview. A guided tour is highly recommended.The museum is located in town, adjacent to the historical Fort Canning and a short walk from famous Orchard Road.Lastly, for those visiting Malaysia, there is also a Peranakan Museum in Penang. I have not been there before but it is definitely on my list.

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The Peranakan Museum is a collection of Nonya history and artifacts in the old Tao Nan School. You can see Nonya costumes and dress, wedding jewelry and gift from groom to the bride. The Paranakan profess Buddhist, Toaist and Christianity. They eat pork though they dress like the Malays. There are lifts for the elderly who cannot climb the steps on the staircase.

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Gives you an insight on the Peranakan history and culture. There are different galleries, where you can learn about their traditional wedding, gift sharing, food, religion, art etc.

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I have been visiting Singapore regularly over the last 30+ years, and with every visit, I find the Singapore of Old further eroded by more development and modernisation. Singapore has lost much (some would argue, almost all) of its original character and charm. Much of it is visually obvious in the absence of old Colonial and Peranakan buildings, having been demolished to make way for new commercial buildings. What is not so apparent is the erosion of one of the region's significant people and distinctive cultures - the Peranakans (or Nyonya-Baba). A people who were historically integral to the fabric of Singapore and Malaya. I could expand on the Peranakans but I will refrain from doing so as it will take much too long. However suffice to say that Singapore and Malaysia's rich history and development over centuries would indubitably be vastly different and lesser (in my humble opinion), if not for the Peranakans. For those interested, all you need do is Google the term 'Peranakan' on the internet. Given that Peranakan culture and its tangible being (in the form of eg buildings, dress, furniture, artwork and so on) are fast disappearing through modernisation and influx of literally thousands of expats and foreign-born people, the Peranakan Museum is an indispensable heritage institution. My visit to the museum was in 2010 and was the highlight of my vacation. For me personally, it brought back many wonderful memories of growing up in Singapore and Malaysia. I have no doubt that the Peranakan Museum will be a wonderful experience for all visitors - whether a local, an expat who has spent years working in Singapore or the casual tourist to the country. The museum is well organised and presented, with a comprehensive collection of displays. Descriptions of exhibits were concise, yet adequately comprehensive, to provide the reader with a good level of information without being boring or tedious. The museum is on my list of 'things to do' on my next visit to Singapore. Entry cost is reasonable and I would recommend allocating between 3 to 4 hours to do justice to the museum and its exhibits. If pushed for time, allow 1.5 to 2 hours for a quick overview. A guided tour is highly recommended. The museum is located in town, adjacent to the historical Fort Canning and a short walk from famous Orchard Road. Lastly, for those visiting Malaysia, there is also a Peranakan Museum in Penang. I have not been there before but it is definitely on my list. Visited July 2012

Was there in Aug '12 and love this place. Great place for kids and adults as it is centrally located in Singapore. For my kids, it is a great way for them to learn more about their heritage since they don't live in Singapore nor they are exposed to any Perankans culture. The visit reminds me plenty memories when I was a kid spending times with my grand aunt who was always in her Sarong Kebaya.

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