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Review of Peranakan Museum

Peranakan Museum
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$49.30*
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Singapore Heritage Tour: Peranakan Museum, Spice Garden and Food Tasting
Ranked #36 of 829 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed March 25, 2014

Visited the museum on Sunday 23 March. Not too busy and we managed to join a guided tour which was enlightening. Recommended.

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Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is one of the museums that I thoroughly enjoyed and went back within 3 months. The artefacts they have are vast and elaborate. Gives you an insight into the culture.

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Reviewed March 10, 2014

Good conversion of an older building with a nice airy feel and unusually light for a museum. Very fine collection particularly of textiles and furniture. Great display of Baba kitchen also.

1  Thank Mandy B
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

Went in knowing nothing of Peranakan culture, came out impressed with the colour and diversity of it all. Which has to be win!

Effectively what this museum is is a celebration of the combination of cultures that has gone on in certain sections of the Singaporean population. The museum takes care to discuss not only the historical aspects of this but also spends a great deal of time on the social side of the equation, celebrations, birth, death and marriage as well as featuring quotes from modern day Peranakan people. It is a vibrant collection.

Easily accessed from the Singapore CBD this museum can be combined with the National Museum and the Singapore Art Museum - take care to get a deal whereby you pay for a ticket that will get you into multiple museums for the one price.

Furthermore this museum is nearby the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery and the Philatelic Museum should either of those interest you.

1  Thank Paul L
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

I stumbled across the Peranakan Museum completely by accident, as was pleasantly surprised. I would highly recommend this museum to anyone who is interested in learning more about the people who live in Singapore and their interesting culture history.

The exhibits are arranged into a variety of different Peranakan life stages, including marriage, and host displays of clothes and intricate beaded textiles, among others. My favourite display illustrated how the Peranakan language has changed using different telephones from different eras, that you could listen into staged everyday conversations. It is great to see a museum offering something for different learning styles and interests, and also exhibits that can benefit the visually impaired.

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