Ideal Time: 1.5 - 2 hours
Open Time: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM,
Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Cost: Chlidren (below 6 years): No Entry Fee,
Adults: SGD 6,
Concession: SGD 3,
Singaporeans and PRs: No Entry Fee
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.
Peranakan Museum Highlights Guided Tour:
Monday - Friday: 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM,
Saturday, Sunday: 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM,
Saturday, Sunday: 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM,
Tuesday - Friday: 10:30 AM,
Every second Thursday of the month: 11:30 AM,
Special Exhibition Guided Tour:
Tuesday - Thursday: 12:30 PM,
Saturday, Sunday: 4:00 PM
Among the highlights of the Peranakan Museum are the elaborate 12-day Peranakan wedding, Peranakan beadwork and embroidery, the Peranakan wedding bed of Mrs. Quah Hong Chiam, and the exquisite collection of Nonya porcelain. The museum has also respected the heritage of the building, which used to serve as the Tao Nan School, with the school's history depicted on the ground floor. The cast-iron eagles that stand at the entrance have been there since the inception of the building, believed to ward off evil.
There are ten permanent galleries at the Peranakan Museum, detailing the various facets of Peranakan culture and history.
The Peranakan Museum is housed in the Old Tao Nan School, Singapore's first modern Chinese school and one of the oldest of its kind amongst the Straits Settlements. The school was founded in 1906 by the Hokkien community. It was designed in the classic Peranakan architectural style. In 1997, the building was converted to the Asian Civilisations Museum, showcasing various artefacts and facets of the different Asian Cultures living in Singapore. In 2006, the ACM was moved to the Former Empress Palace Building, and the Old Tao Nan School was closed for renovations. In 2008, it was reopened as the Peranakan Museum.
The Old Tao Nan School building serves as the venue for the Peranakan Museum. Built in the early 20th century, one can find many elements of neoclassical architecture such as the use of columns and pilasters, topped off by an ornate capitol designed in the Corinthian style. The design of the building has made adaptations for the tropical climate, resulting in the large windows and airy verandahs, which allow for natural ventilation. The rooms within the building surround a large central hall, similar to the layout of bungalows of the Straits Settlements. A pair of black cast-iron eagles adorn the gate posts at the entrance, a feature that has been preserved and restored from the original construction of this magnificent structure.
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Photography without flash and videography are permitted with handheld cameras in the main galleries.
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