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Review of Peranakan Museum

Peranakan Museum
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Singapore Heritage Tour: Peranakan Museum, Spice Garden and Food Tasting
Ranked #35 of 822 things to do in Singapore
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Owner description: 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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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“fabulous museum”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

have wanted to visit this museum for a long time , fantastic , full of clothing , furniture ceramics well laid out , clearly labelled and great interactive temporary exhibition too. covered history of Straits people , as well as social history and food

Visited January 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great presentation on the Malay Straits Chinese culture.”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

I really enjoyed learning about the Malay Straits Chinese culture - their traditions, furniture, food, weddings, furniture etc. They were often successful merchant families that intermarried and even at some point converted to Christianity. Really interesting slice of history and nicely presented. Eat next door at True Blue cuisine for a taste of their traditional food. Ask to see their gorgeous beaded shoe collection. Amazing!

Visited June 2013
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Atenas, Costa Rica
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2013

This small museum, just around the corner from the YMCA, does an excellent job of educating about a little known sub-culture; that of the Malay Straits Chinese. When the men of traditional southern Chinese trading families began to marry Malay women, something magic happened. Go and learn about it, and you will learn how it shaped history and led to some new art forms.

Visited September 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Great collection of beautiful and interesting artefacts from Singapore's history, laid out in nine themed galleries, each highlighting a different aspect of Peranakan culture. An excellent set of exhibits, with the narrative and history of the region brought to life. The emphasis on human stories and the melding of different cultures to form the hybrid Peranakan culture is fascinating and shows how people from diverse backgrounds can not only live together in harmony, but learn and grow together. At $6 entry, great value too.

Visited September 2013
Thank AlanDDuncan
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Found this an excellent museum. We were fortunate enough to arrive in time for a guided tour which certainly further enlightened us on the life styles of the various groups who are Peranakans. The museum is well laid out and well wortth a visit.

Visited September 2013
Thank 740Elly48
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