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“A step back into the history of Singapore.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Peranakan Museum

Peranakan Museum
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Singapore Heritage Tour: Peranakan Museum, Spice Garden and Food Tasting
Ranked #34 of 796 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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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A step back into the history of Singapore.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

I love this museum. If you want to discover an unknown history, you don't have to come much further to finding documented relics of the Peranakan decent. Javanese crowns, Balineses jewels, Tamil, Hokkien and Malay wardrobe - all representing the pride of a race of original Singaporeans. An awesome history of the country and next door serve yourself some genuine Peranakan fare at their restaurant. Awesome - and something that every visitor should want to discover.

Visited November 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“History of Peranakan”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

Recently visited the Museum, it houses traditional Peranakan items as per the museum name. Joined a guided tour of the museum (Do check the timing), the guide explanation was good and learn some new stuff. Rather small place but will rate it well.

Visited October 2013
Thank houndy11
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Singapore, Singapore
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34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“A trip down memory lane ...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

The Peranakan Museum was truly an interesting experience. Located in the heart of the Lion City, it is a multi-storey building that houses all things Peranakan. Peranakan is the terms used to described mixed marriages between the Chinese and Malays (during the Straits Settlement days when Chinese immigrants wedded many of the local women). I was surprised there are many types of Peranakans even to the Indian and Indonesian lineages. This information is all lined up at the ground floor.

As you move upwards, you will see the various types of items that are perculiar to the Peranakans. Apart from the usual matrimonial beds, furnitures, clothings, etc, this exhibition also sheds light into the wedding presents being presented to both the groom and bride's family as exchanges.

There is also sections on Peranakan kitchen, beliefs and funerals ... in that, they are still quiet steep in Chinese traditions, albeit those who embrace the Christian faith. These kitchen exhibition contains an elaborate collection of Chinese bowls akin to those Ming type of inlaid drawings and shapes, and a replica of the olden day kitchen. Try to find the olden day "fridge" high up in the ceiling ... The Peranakan are also well-known for their unique food which is sometimes a mixture of Chinese and Malay put together.

The other two sections are something unique that you don't get to see much in other Peranakan museums in Penang or Malacca in Malaysia. Here, there are elaborate prayer hall materials as well as a replica wake of a wealthy Peranakan in the last century.

Overall, this is a very interesting museum that will provide you a glimpse of our forefathers who decided to set up their lives in a faraway land called South of the Ocean (or Nanyang in Chinese).

Visited September 2013
3 Thank bruceli_88
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“History of the Peranakans”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

We visited this museum on 14 October 2014.
This Peranakan Museum located at the Armenian street ,and reacheable within walking distance from City Hall MRT station.The Museum acts as a part of the Asian Civilization Museum, explores the culture of Peranakan communities in in Southeast Asia.
It is a 3 storeys building with 9 exhibition galleries.
Enterance fee was SGD 6 per person.Interactive displays of clothing , accessories , wedding bed , beads handicraft , photos , mozaic glass art, pottery ,peranakan kitchen and light show ( timed ) are displayed in this museum.
Try the ancient phones , where you can hear the chit chat of the ancient peranakans.
When we visit this museum , some of the interactive displays cannot work.
Overall , this museum have to add more artifacts to be displayed, so it can add the value of excitement
There's a gift and souvenir shop beside the front gate , prices are a bit expensive , but the quality of the goods sold was quite high.

Visited October 2013
Thank Erwin K
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Surabaya, Indonesia
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“Interesting place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

I love the artifacts and traditional items there. It really shows the unity of variety of peranakan in singapore. The place itself is really unique. But we can't take pictures or videos there. There are 2 floors or 3 floors I guess. Each floor has 2 galleries or more. Each gallery had their own theme and topic. In every gallery, you need to collect some kind of stamp.
The museum is located in some kind of european styled street. Around that area is The Singapore Philately museum, Fort Canning, Singapore Art Museum, Fire station museum, and Clark Quay (You need to walk) It's really convenient because you could get to other museums easily

Visited June 2013
Thank Michelle V
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