Peranakan Museum
Peranakan Museum
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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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  • CanuckJames
    Nishinomiya, Japan1,531 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eye opening - very good place to visit to appreciate Singapore's history
    This is an amazing little museum. Free for Singaporeans. Totally different take on Singapore's history. The perspective of the Chinese, Arabic and Indian immigrants who married Malasian. They have their own unique culture, food, clothing and way of life that differentiates them from others. Some of the exhibits were exquisite. I learned so many new things. It is places like this that gives reason why people should travel. Glad I came.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 July 2023
  • LCB2008
    London, United Kingdom72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional staff and a very interesting museum
    I really recommend a trip to the Peranakan Museum. When I arrived, the charming gentleman on the reception desk (who was called Salleh) asked if I wanted to join a (free) guided tour. I said yes please, and the guide - Caroline - was exceptional. She made the objects in the museum come to life with interesting stories and additional information to the written descriptions. In fact I enjoyed the visit so much that I left the museum and went out for lunch, and then returned in the afternoon (no extra charge was made for this). There are washroom facilities and a water fountain too. Overall an excellent morning out, to learn more about the melting pot of Singaporean cultures.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Tippy
    London, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Fabulous museum in a beautiful old building. Join a free guided tour if you can, for additional insights. Great ceramics, textiles, furniture and some interesting info on traditional approaches to cooking.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 September 2023
  • wireless_in_CA
    United States5,023 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small But Worthwhile Museum
    This was a three story museum housed in an old school building. It was recently renovated after being delayed during COVID. We took the guided tour and it was so valuable from the personal stories of our guide plus his great knowledge. The museum was well organized and covered the different waves of migration, personal photos and stories of people and their experiences, furnishings, jewelry, etc. the amazing beadwork on the third floor (made for a wedding) was a site to see along with the bed (parents of the bride and groom were supposed to roll on it to improve fertility of the newly weds).
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Kristina
    Stockholm, Sweden14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Entering the colourful past
    Elegant exposition of the Singaporean past. Beautiful things; clothes, furniture, jewellery, textiles and historical photographs. We've been lucky enough to participate in excellent guided tour which gave insight in the culture, its customs and tradition.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 November 2023
  • ManngaDua
    Singapore, Singapore523 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good collections
    I like visiting museums to see historical stuff and arts. The museum is located in the city center and surrounded by modern buildings, but it maintains beautiful traditional architecture. The museum is not huge and collections are limited. What I loved to see was accessories and dresses. They display beautiful pairs of beaded shoes. These are really stunning. I know that not much people are having this Peranakan bead craft skills any more. Hope tradition will never die off.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 December 2023
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Nadia R
Sofia, Bulgaria45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Beautiful exposition and comprehensive explanations on the culture of Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia - jewelries, clothes, everyday use objects. Highly recommended
Written 12 March 2024
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Wanderlustaustralia
Sydney, Australia150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This was a nice museum that informs about the different cultures that make up Peranakan.

My favourite display was a room filled with photos where you could learn more about them.
Written 11 January 2024
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ManngaDua
Singapore, Singapore523 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I like visiting museums to see historical stuff and arts. The museum is located in the city center and surrounded by modern buildings, but it maintains beautiful traditional architecture. The museum is not huge and collections are limited. What I loved to see was accessories and dresses. They display beautiful pairs of beaded shoes. These are really stunning. I know that not much people are having this Peranakan bead craft skills any more. Hope tradition will never die off.
Written 17 December 2023
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Kristina
Stockholm, Sweden14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Elegant exposition of the Singaporean past. Beautiful things; clothes, furniture, jewellery, textiles and historical photographs.
We've been lucky enough to participate in excellent guided tour which gave insight in the culture, its customs and tradition.
Written 5 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

wireless_in_CA
United States5,023 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This was a three story museum housed in an old school building.

It was recently renovated after being delayed during COVID.

We took the guided tour and it was so valuable from the personal stories of our guide plus his great knowledge.

The museum was well organized and covered the different waves of migration, personal photos and stories of people and their experiences, furnishings, jewelry, etc. the amazing beadwork on the third floor (made for a wedding) was a site to see along with the bed (parents of the bride and groom were supposed to roll on it to improve fertility of the newly weds).
Written 2 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tippy
London, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Fabulous museum in a beautiful old building. Join a free guided tour if you can, for additional insights. Great ceramics, textiles, furniture and some interesting info on traditional approaches to cooking.
Written 20 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

LCB2008
London, UK72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I really recommend a trip to the Peranakan Museum. When I arrived, the charming gentleman on the reception desk (who was called Salleh) asked if I wanted to join a (free) guided tour. I said yes please, and the guide - Caroline - was exceptional. She made the objects in the museum come to life with interesting stories and additional information to the written descriptions. In fact I enjoyed the visit so much that I left the museum and went out for lunch, and then returned in the afternoon (no extra charge was made for this). There are washroom facilities and a water fountain too. Overall an excellent morning out, to learn more about the melting pot of Singaporean cultures.
Written 17 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

CanuckJames
Nishinomiya, Japan1,531 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This is an amazing little museum.

Free for Singaporeans.

Totally different take on Singapore's history. The perspective of the Chinese, Arabic and Indian immigrants who married Malasian. They have their own unique culture, food, clothing and way of life that differentiates them from others.

Some of the exhibits were exquisite.

I learned so many new things. It is places like this that gives reason why people should travel. Glad I came.
Written 28 July 2023
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JohnWilliams_11
Manchester, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Business
Fantastic museum in a restored historic building telling the stories of the Peranakan through beautifully displayed stunning textiles, furniture, ceramics and more.
Written 7 May 2023
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SCHAVE_R
Shah Alam, Malaysia81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
As a tourist to pay so much, i felt it was not to my expectations. It was purely a musuem highlighting artifacts. I walked around this small museum and did not feel connected to the exhibits. What could have been better … a recreated peranakan house, food, traditional customs, etc. instead we are looking a collections of a past community. Only the video on the ground floor has a video of the various peoples. So much could have been done.
Written 5 May 2023
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