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Peranakan Museum

Address: 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941, Singapore
Phone Number: 65 6332 7591
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Ranked #21 of 323 Attractions in Singapore
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The Peranakan Museum was well worth a leisurely visit. It is a discovery of a rich cultural heritage of a diverse history of the Straits settlement areas in SEAsia. While it is not a huge museum, it houses a fascinating array of antique collection of most aspects of the Nonya and Baba life - wedding, religious beliefs, cooking, language, public... More 

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Singapore
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

To the reviewer from Quezon City below who said Peranakan = mixed Chinese and Malay, this is factually WRONG. Peranakan means Straits Chinese people who were early settlers from China to Malaya and who adopted certain aspects of the culture such as cooking and clothes. Most Straits Chinese during the day did not mix with Malays in marriage. The Peranakan... More 

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The kids enjoyed this despite being sick of seeing stuff with us in the heat! Inside was wonderfully cool. The building and layout was beautiful and much thought was put into it. Lots of interactive stations which we all enjoyed. Would have liked more detail into what the food was - lot of local names which meant nothing to us....this... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This is a great museum and the building itself is lovely. There's a cute statue of a Man and Boy outside, showing how exciting it is to see the museum, it's really worth a visit and easy to get to on Armenia Street.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

A manager at the front desk of our hotel recommended that we visit the Peranakan Museum. Turned out to be an interesting introduction to Singapore and Malaysian culture and helpful background for our visit to Melaka.

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Quezon City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Peranakan = mixed ancestry (Chinese and Malay, Chinese and Javan, etc) Small cozy museum w 3 floors Peranakan culture evolved separately from culture of mainland Chinese. It was interesting to note the differences between these. New exhibit on Peranakan auspicious designs is a must see - the works had integrated Chinese folklore and local myths to come up with a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Entrance is always free for Singaporeans and PRs but also for tourists and others on public holidays. Displays were all quite interesting: especially since it was our first visit having lived in Singapore for just over a year and this gave us a better insight into the Straits Chinese and early influence of this culture. I especially liked the section... More 

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Adrian, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This is a very interesting museum that deals with the intricacies of a rather unique culture. The terminology in general refers to the culture that has developed among the Straits Chinese. It is an interesting look at the creole nature of the Chinese settlers whose practices and customs evolved from a mixture of influences from their native China and their... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Depending upon how you like your museums this is fine if predictable. Lots to see and read on lots of floors about the Peranakan culture and the history of Singapore. It's very safe, no new exhibitions to spice things or interactive elements. One to tick off your list though,

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Came here with our 4 year old daughter for a quick visit. Entrance is free for Singaporeans and PRs so that's a bonus. Displays were all quite interesting: especially since it was my first visit having lived for many years in Singapore. Not too much to keep young children entertained though.

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