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Baba & Nyonya House Museum

Address: 48-50, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Melaka 75200, Malaysia
Phone Number: +60 6-283 1273
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Type: History museums, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: The Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum is located in Melaka, a world UNESCO Site. The house is a...
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Type: History museums, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: The Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum is located in Melaka, a world UNESCO Site. The house is a combination of three terrace lots that were acquired by the Chan family in 1861. Four generations lived in the house before it was opened as a museum in March 1985. Visiting hours from 10.00am to 4.30pm every day.

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Basseterre, St. Kitts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Emily was extremely informative and she was entertaining at the same time. Having someone who is fun makes the learning experience much more interesting. My mother and I spent a fabulous 1 hour listening and looking at amazing ceramics, furniture, fabrics, lanterns,stairs, architecture, bedrooms, kitchen etc etc. it as just fabulous. The museum has been handed down through the generations... More 

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Battle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We'd done a little homework before going but we were overwhelmed by this house and its layout and decoration. Our guide Shirley (whom we'd met the day before when the next-door café was understaffed and she was helping out) was fully knowledgeable and amusing at appropriate points. A remarkable tribute to a unique culture.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I took a guided tour arrange this house which I recommend you do also to get the full history of the family that once owned this large house. It has been kept more or less as it had once been - still contains a bed, wedding costumes, fine china, original photos, and even a spy hole through a whole in... More 

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6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We choosed from this or the jewlery museum and it feels like we took the right decision. We only had to wait 15 mins for a tour and the staff was proffesional from the second we walked in the door. We didnt have any interest in houses and furniture before and still the guide kept the interest better than i... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Really interesting tour of the house, with beautiful furniture and ornaments and lots of info about the Malay marriages. Shirley the guide spoke excellent English and made some good jokes!

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Kathmandu, null, Nepal
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Touring this museum, which is actually an old home, provides a fascinating insight into the local culture and traditions of the original Straights Chinese community. Furnishings and artifacts are well displayed. The cafe attached to the museum also has a variety of local dishes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This is a unique museum! The house, built by a Dutchman and remodeled in Victorian times by a wealthy Peranakan merchant. We lived in England for many years, and it was so interesting to see how fashionable trends were adapted to the tropical climate and absolutely different way of life! A tour guide was wonderful! Not only was she knowledeable... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Brilliant tour showcasing a subculture which I had personally no knowledge of. We had a very informative guide who took us around the house giving us insight into the culture and customs of the family who have lived there. It was a brilliant tour as we were given both a lot of information and plenty of time to take in... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

many of the Melaka old houses had been converted to hotels or shops. This museum is still kept in the olden ways. You will find a lot of old furniture and pictures of the owner's families. It takes you back to the time. Our tour guide Shirley was very knowledgeable and interesting person. She clearly explained everything in the house.... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

This is more than just a museum. It is a beautiful example of baba-nyonya architecture and interior decoration. The guided tour was informative, lively and concise.

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