Time Required : 1-2 hours
Entry Fee : SGD 45 Visits by prior appointment only
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The Intan is an unconventional museum that preserves all things Peranakan over 20 years now. Extremely famous for its signature tea experience, the Intan is concealed in a Joo Chiat Terrace House. Visitors especially come here to witness the Peranakan tea culture which the Intan museum-cum-house perfectly does justice to. It is a must-visit to have a sneak-peek into the grandeur of the heritage and way of living of the Peranakans.
Alvin Yapp, the curator of the Intan (meaning a rose-cut diamond in Malay) dedicated his home to his passion for the Peranakan culture and converted it into a splendid museum which is a spectacular concoction of Singaporean artwork and modern interiors. Since this place is a house converted into a museum, it does not have signs and placards for each artefact. Alvin himself gives his visitors a tour around his home, excitedly sharing information about his collection. He gladly answers all the doubts and questions about the collection and Peranakan culture along with recalling stories of how an artefact was acquired and its significance in the home. Alvin's tour sessions are more of a conversational experience than informational.