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Address: 39 Armenian Street Peranakan Museum, Singapore 179941, Singapore
Phone Number: 65 6332 7591
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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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Visiting this museum was a highlight of my visit to Singapore - luckily I saw an advertisement on the back of a bus that enticed me in! The building itself is just beautiful, and... read more

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visiting this museum was a highlight of my visit to Singapore - luckily I saw an advertisement on the back of a bus that enticed me in! The building itself is just beautiful, and houses displays of the Peranakan people's culture, art, and every day life objects. I found it fascinating. There are 9 galleries over three levels covering everything... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Took my parents to see this museum. Was very nice and informative. I had heard of Peranakan of course, but did not quite catch it until I visited this museum. Beautiful building and cute little giftshop. The small coffeebar is too expensive and does not have much to chose from unfortunately.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

As a Peranakan myself, this museum helped me to understand a lot about the Peranakan culture, way of life, food, customs, etc. Some of the things I've been doing or eating or saying are so in-built in me that I did not give a thought to how they came about or what it's real function is for - this museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent museum collection of Straits Chinese artifacts showcasing the history and living culture of these early residents of Singapore and Malaysia.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Housed in a old school building with terraces & shutters beautifully presented glimpse into a culture that was old Singapore.loved the beadwork,embroidery, jewellery.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Trying to actually nail down Singaporean culture is quite difficult but this museum does quite a good job explaining Peranakan culture which is arguably the real 'Singaporean culture'. I wouldn't recommend it for kids but students and adults will find it engaging for an hour or two as there are old artefacts and stories, plus contemporary displays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my favourite of all the museums here in Singapore. It is not too big and it is really well laid out. It's a lovely building too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent an enjoyable hour and a half in this beautifully restored Chinese school building, learning about the heritage, culture and tradition of the Peranakan people's in the South East Asia region. Educational and interesting. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Despite being such a small and relatively young country, I applaud Singapore's efforts at building its cultural hubs - and the Peranakan Museum is one of them. Peranakan is a word used to refer to Straits Chinese Singaporeans/Malaysians - essentially Chinese people who have adopted Malay customs through intermarriage or just by culture assimilation (given that this area of Malaya/Indonesia... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is a little gem. I took part in a small guided tour which was very interesting and informative. There are several interactive areas and would be interesting to children too The exhibits are carefully displayed and it is interesting to follow that period of history. A great couples of hours spent in the Museum Highly recommended

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