Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum

Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum

Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
About
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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  • John W
    Jindabyne, Australia563 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A snapshot of Peranakan culture.
    This museum is worth a good hour of your time. An old family home with its original fittings and furniture, it is a snapshot of Peranakan family life a century ago, frozen in time. The influences all hark back to China, except for some wall prints and photographs that hint at aspiration to European society, very little Malay influence visible. The self-guided tour brochure is helpful, but I feel that I would have learned much more with a tour guide.
    Thanks for your comments. We had plan to start guided tour by next year.
    Written October 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Christraveller10
    Oldham, United Kingdom117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely way to learn local family history
    A lovely way to learn about the history and way of life of local people. We were given a guide book to follow around this beautiful house filled with furniture, paintings and other exhibits. Costing RM18 each, great value for money.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 8, 2023
  • Sharon K
    Tanjung Bungah, Malaysia17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    best history of Mixed marriage of Malay+Chinese
    very well presented n informative. rm18 worth spent on 2floors of history of mixed marriage . beautiful setting in Asian plus uk/Dutch furniture n dinnerware etc.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 19, 2024
  • Lovelynn C
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a must see!
    Definitely worth a visit to understand the cultural heritage of Malacca. Either ask for a guide or a booklet provided to explain when going around the home. Fairly steep stairs to the first floor. Beautiful crafted features of the home, artefacts, clothing, old photos etc. There is a souvenir shop at the end.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 1, 2024
  • NottinghamRed
    Hockley Heath, United Kingdom893 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Peranakan family home
    What a beautiful house to visit and so lovely inside to see the gorgeous inner courtyards open to the elements as they would have been. Very informative in an interesting way with lots of wonderful photographs explaining the wedding process - the hair combing ceremony - who knew? Loved the staircase with foldable panels and cover.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2024
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Anita Rosaleh
Taipei, Taiwan1,296 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Museum was clean and well maintained. Guided tour are available depends on the time of the day but it wasn’t available when we got there, but the information book was informative enough for us. RM 16 charge was money well spent, we learnt quite a bit whilst there. There’s signs clearly say don’t touch the antique items but sadly seems the signs were still ignored by some visitors. There was insufficient staffs to enforce any kind of control. People really need to respect these historic items to preserve them for our future generations..
Written January 10, 2023
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John W
Jindabyne, Australia563 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
This museum is worth a good hour of your time. An old family home with its original fittings and furniture, it is a snapshot of Peranakan family life a century ago, frozen in time. The influences all hark back to China, except for some wall prints and photographs that hint at aspiration to European society, very little Malay influence visible. The self-guided tour brochure is helpful, but I feel that I would have learned much more with a tour guide.
Written September 27, 2023
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Thanks for your comments. We had plan to start guided tour by next year.
Written October 10, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Christraveller10
Oldham, UK117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A lovely way to learn about the history and way of life of local people. We were given a guide book to follow around this beautiful house filled with furniture, paintings and other exhibits. Costing RM18 each, great value for money.
Written November 8, 2023
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pdjtraveler
Calgary, Canada123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We spent almost two hours wandering around the house including a 1 hour guided tour. The tour was excellent and our guide was very entertaining as he told us stories about the family and Peranakan life. We previously visited the Peranakan mansion in Penang but didn’t feel it was a duplication, rather a complementary visit. We were tickled to meet Mr. Chan, the 84 year old grandson of the original builder who still stays here on weekends. Highly recommended.
Written February 15, 2020
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Bazzer73
Shanghai, China80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Well preserved ancestor's home for the Chen family, Fujianese immigrants who started trading commodities and amassed wealth to be a landowner of rubber plantations and rubber supplier.

A slice of the origins of Crazy Rich Asians in Straits Settlement and illustrations of family life in the early 20th century and influences from the Chinese, British and indigenous Malay heritage.

It would be nice to have a corner that displayed the development of their children, in terms of their early years in education, toys and social bonds.
Written December 16, 2022
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Leena
Ipoh, Malaysia232 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Business
There’s a lot of things to see inside to know much more about baba and nyonyas cultures.
However,perhaps it was a long weekend, there were so many ppl that we could see nothing and get to keep moving forward.
And one of the staff there was quite unfriendly and impolite.
Once is enough.
Written June 16, 2024
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Kristina B
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Beautifully kept Baba & Nyonya house from the Chan family. I would recommend all to visit and be immersed in their history. It’s amazing how well they’ve retained the home. We went before midday and didn’t have a tour guide - so maybe check when they provide guided tours as I feel this would’ve elevated the experience.
Written May 9, 2022
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Lovelynn C
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Definitely worth a visit to understand the cultural heritage of Malacca. Either ask for a guide or a booklet provided to explain when going around the home. Fairly steep stairs to the first floor. Beautiful crafted features of the home, artefacts, clothing, old photos etc.
There is a souvenir shop at the end.
Written March 2, 2024
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Chef Brian Melling
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
It is a good place to understand more about Peranakan culture. Although it was a self guided tour, I feel it was an eye opener not only for us adults but also for our 2 children. The museum itself was nicely put together,kept very tidy and clean. Kudos to the 3rd generation owners who kept this museum alive for others to visit. It would have been more interesting if the Peranakan dining experience was incorporated into museum but that is just an after though.
Written May 5, 2022
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Alan T
Helsinki, Finland92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is still one of the most well preserved historical site in the country. A definitely yes for anyone visiting Melaka. This is my second trip there with the previous one being in 2018. The only down side to this visit was it is a self guided tour. There are so many details which was shared during the previous visit with a guide and not mentioned in the guide manual. I do hope that the Museum will bring the guided tour back again.
Written October 24, 2022
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