Pinang Peranakan Museum

Attraction 29 Church Street, Georgetown, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia Published on: 01-07-2016

1 hours 30 mins
09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
09:30 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Historic
Museum
Must see
Kids
3.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Peranakans, also known as the Babas and Nyonyas, was a prominent community of acculturated Chinese unique to this part of the world, especially in the Straits Settlements (Penang, Malacca and Singapore) hence its other name, the Straits Chinese.

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Why Pinang Peranakan Museum is special ?

The Peranakans, also known as the Babas and Nyonyas, was a prominent community of acculturated Chinese unique to this part of the world, especially in the Straits Settlements (Penang, Malacca and Singapore) hence its other name, the Straits Chinese. Adopting selected ways of the local Malays and later, the colonial British, the Peranakans had created a unique lifestyle and customs which had not only left behind a rich legacy of antiques but its cultural influences like cuisine and language are still evident in Penang today. At the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, the typical home of a rich Baba of a century ago is recreated to offer a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions. With over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles of the era on display, this Baba-Nyonya museum is also housed in one of Penang’s heritage mansion of eclectic design and architecture. Built at the end of the 19th century by one of local history’s famous personalities, the ‘Hai Kee Chan’ or Sea Remembrance Store had once served as the residence and office of Kapitan Cina Chung Keng Kwee. Though not a Baba himself, his Chinese courtyard house was much like a typical large Baba home of eclectic style, incorporating Chinese carved-wood panels and English floor tiles and Scottish ironworks. Having survived the many decades of neglect and decay, the mansion has now been restored to its former glory of a stately home.

What to explore at Pinang Peranakan Museum?

At the main entrance of the mansion, one will be greeted by a pair of elaborated and highly intricately carved Chinese wooden panel painted in gold. The open carving all over the panel is meant to create a delicate oblique view of the interior of the mansion from the exterior. Beside the main entrance, there are two side entrances with ornamental wrought iron gate which is hinged on to a concrete pillar. A metal crown sits on top of each side of the pillar which signify the glory of the British Empire era in Penang. The right hand side entrance opens up to a court yard. From here you will notice gold painted floral designed cast iron railing with designs from the Victorian extravagance era on the veranda. The other side entrance lead into the ancestral temple with its roof decorated with ornate ceramic colourful sculptures.

Source : http://www.visitpenang.gov.my

How to get to Pinang Peranakan Museum?

Take a taxi to the mansion. It is situated on a busy section at Church Street. The Pinang Peranakan Mansion is located at Church Street oppsite the Penang Heritage Trust’s office.

Selling points

  • The truly a photographer's dream.
  • Great museum with lots of valuable collections
  • Interesting and enjoyable museum
  • An amazing collection of historical artifacts
  • Not to be missed to visit
  • The truly a photographer's dream.
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
141.13 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
22 places

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29 Church Street, Georgetown, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia

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Tips for you

  • You should take your guide for more informations. Don't forget to look up at the ceiling in the temple. There sell jewelry (some antique) take your cash if you fancy treating yourself.
    Things to do
  • Videography and photography are not allowed within the mansion. Any use of photographs or video clips for commercial purposes without the express written consent from the Management is strictly prohibited.
    Things to do
  • Food and drinks are strictly prohibited in the mansion.
    Food
  • Note to wear suitable clothes.
    What to wear
  • Don't forget to bring your camera since here you will find beautiful spots in entire house.
    What to bring
  • You should come here in the morning time.
    Timming
  • You shouldn't not come here on lunch time. This place very crowed with many visitors come after lunch.
    Timming
  • Parking spot quite small and unlimited of you come late
    Parking
  • If you go in large group, you can get discount prices.
    Ticket and Pricing

Reviews

TripAdvisor View more

You can study the tradition and history, rich culture of the first colony in Malacca and their relationship with other communities in Southeast Asia. Through the collection and massive derivative versions of of ancient objects in the Peranakan community. Especially through the exhibition program brings interactive for children. This really is a very good place for the historical lessons for everyone.

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Beautifully restored heritage house depicting the life of the Nonya/Baba culture in the Straits settlements of Penang, Malacca and Singapore.

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Visited on the same day as Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion - you could get dizziness from these impressions :-) This mansion is also amazing, packed with antiques and should not be missed. Pay even a short visit - you won't be dissapointed.

TripAdvisor View more

You can study the tradition and history, rich culture of the first colony in Malacca and their relationship with other communities in Southeast Asia. Through the collection and massive derivative versions of of ancient objects in the Peranakan community. Especially through the exhibition program brings interactive for children. This really is a very good place for the historical lessons for everyone.

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