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NUS Baba House

157 Neil Road, Singapore 088883, Singapore
+65 6227 5731
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Highly recommended for those interested in the Straits Chinese

The NUS Baba House is a fascinating place to visit especially if one is interested in the history... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Singapore, Singapore
book FAR in advance

This tour was so interesting, I can't believe it was free! I think it's a must-see for fans of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Canberra, Australia
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An architectural icon and Singapore's first heritage house, the NUS Baba House showcases the interior of a Peranakan family home in the 1920s. Heritage Tours are held four times a week and are about an hour each. Tours are limited to 13 participants per session and advanced booking is required. Tours are offered on: Mondays - 2pm Tuesdays - 2pm & 6.30pm Thursdays - 10am Saturdays - 11am
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  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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157 Neil Road, Singapore 088883, Singapore
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The NUS Baba House is a fascinating place to visit especially if one is interested in the history of the Straits Chinese community. There are one hour slots, four times a week, which need to be booked in advance. Tours start and end precisely on...More

Thank AyushBasu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour was so interesting, I can't believe it was free! I think it's a must-see for fans of architecture and/or history. You can book by email (see the website), do so far in advance - I booked nearly a month in advance and the...More

1  Thank empress_cherry
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What I love about Singapore is that, nestled amidst the amazing new glitzy architecture, you can still find traces of how life used to be, and this small house is a great example. It is the ancestral home of a well-to-do Peranakan Chinese family who...More

Thank SusieG
Reviewed 17 September 2017

This tour only takes around an hour, and will give you a fascinating insight into the Peranakan culture and the intricacies of an everyday Peranakan house. Only ten years ago this same house was in a state of decay (you can see this from the...More

1  Thank szotdogs
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

This 1 hour tour gives you such a unique insight into what is Peranakan and how the different cultures of the early Singaporeans melded together. The tour guide was very knowledgable and I am amazed this is a free tour... not even canvassing for donations...More

1  Thank CarolD376
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

I've walked past this old house a few times but have never actually got around to making an appointment to see the inside. The exterior has been restored and looks quite nice, and if you're in the area it's still worth a quick stop.

1  Thank KGB777
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

My family group of 6 spent 2 good hours in Baba house with a passionate voluntary tour guide named Mr. Chai and a friendly NUS staff. The story behind the architecture and furniture helped me to appreciate more the history and emergence of Singapore to...More

1  Thank HMChau
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

This place can only be visited in connection with a free tour of approx. 1.5 hours which requires prior registration. I waited a couple of weeks for a free seat on a Saturday but it was worth waiting. You will get insights into an original...More

1  Thank celge
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I'm sure the success of this must rest in large part on the volunteer guides, but the combination of architectural and historical gems mean that this is one of the best things I have done in Singapore. The NUS admin person is a little officious,...More

3  Thank Michael D
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

I really recommend the tour of this wonderfully restored Peranakan family home - managed by the University of Singapore. Our guide today - Janice- brought the house to life. She explained all the carvings and symbols, how life would have been lead and the house...More

4  Thank Beverley73
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