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Peranakan Museum

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Address: 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941, Singapore
Phone Number: 65 6332 7591
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Description: The Peranakan Museum explores the culture of Peranakan communities in...
The Peranakan Museum explores the culture of Peranakan communities 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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I wasn't going here until I discovered that the National Museum and Asian Civilisations Museum were both closed until mid Sept. I'm really glad I went, I didn't know what a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I wasn't going here until I discovered that the National Museum and Asian Civilisations Museum were both closed until mid Sept. I'm really glad I went, I didn't know what a Peranakan was, it give me a real insight into this history of Singapore, it's a small museum and tells a worthwhile story.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I spent about 90 minutes in the museum, by which time I was flagging. It was most interesting and enjoyable and covered a lot. Not bad for an entrance fee of only $6. I suggest you could take some good quality paper along (maybe of different colours), especially if you have children of any age! There are manual embossing tools... More 

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Seogwipo, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A beautiful building and a good layout. Very informative and interesting for those interested in Singaporean history and multiculturalism. There is also a scavenger hunt type of activity that kids can do on their own by collecting press stamps from various rooms in the museum and by doing so, learning about Peranakan culture. I think, however, that the museum could... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great museum to appreciate the flavour of the local history in relation to the different ethnic races living in Singapore. If you are not familiar with the "Baba and Nonya" history this is a great museum to get yourself acquainted with their history - peranankan

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I wouldn't be visiting this museum had it not been free due to the Jubilee Weekend. The building facade is nicely maintained, and the interior is almost immaculate. A small museum over three levels, it is cleverly sectorised into different theme to allow the visitors to understand the Peranakan culture better in systematic way. A regret would be there isn't... More 

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Singapore River, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A Singaporean by birth, I was totally amazed to find out there is so much about Singapore that i do not know. During the Night Festival, I stepped into this museum again to discover the diversity of Nonya & Babas. An exquisite collection and wonderful story-telling. Kudos the to the National Heritage Board for growing from strength to strength and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I learned so much about the Peranakan. A tour was part of the entry fee and the tour guide was lively and well informed. Exhibits were interesting and well maintained. The only thing missing was a proper restaurant selling Peranakan delicacies!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

It was one of the museums that I had not visited. So I went with my husband. Situated at Armenian street, a refurbished 3-storey school turned museum. The tv guides that's around the museum really helped in allowing us to understand better about the Peranakans. They are entertaining and engaging. Artefacts were really amazing and intricate. My only issue is... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Yes it is a small museum but it is not small if you take the time understanding every single piece of exhibits in a systematic manner to unfold the story of the Peranakan community. Every piece of the collections are all very carefully selected and well presented and string together in tracing the history, cultures and customs of the Peranakans,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The museum explains the part played in Singapore's early years by the settlers who cam in the main from West Malaysia. We spent an hour plus going through the three floors of exhibits. There is a lift and the air conditioning is good. Gift shop and a cafe on the ground floor.

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