Ranked 74 among Places to Visit in Singapore
Time Required: 1.5 - 2 hours
The first of its kind in the world, the Peranakan Museum is devoted to exploring the Pernankan cultures present in Singapore, the former Straits Settlements in Malacca and Penang, and other regions of Southeast Asia that are home to the Peranakan community. Housed in the iconic Old Tao Nan School Building, this classic museum once acted as an extended wing of the famous Asian Civilisations Museum which used to be located here, and is currently a sister museum to the same, specialising in tracing the origins and development of Peranakan culture.
The Peranakan community traces its heritage to the people of Chinese, Malay and Indonesian heritage born in the Straits. The Peranakan Museum houses ten permanent galleries spread across three levels that showcase the main themes of Peranakan life and culture. A unique blend of Southeast Asian cultures, one can see a fine and comprehensive collection of Peranakan collection, inclusive of jewellery, furniture, and traditional textiles featuring flower prints and embroidered tops, as well as informative interactive and multimedia displays. One can learn the development of Peranakan culture and prominent stories of the community in Singapore at this unique museum. It is the perfect attraction for culture enthusiasts and history buffs. One can also purchase beautiful Peranakan crafted souvenirs at the museum gift shop.
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