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NUS Baba House

157 Neil Road, Singapore 088883, Singapore
+65 6227 5731
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A gem to discover!

I've been at Baba House and I wasn't disappointed! It's a Peranakan House completely restored and... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Beatrice A
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Singapore, Singapore
Only because it's FOC

It was raining heavily, we were 15min early and asked if we could take shelter under the porch... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2018
Irene T
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Singapore, Singapore
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NUS Baba House is a heritage house which exhibits the Straits Chinese material culture in a domestic context, providing the unique experience of visiting a Straits Chinese family home dating back to the early 20th century. It facilitates research and learning about the history, culture and evolution of the Peranakan community, as well as architectural traditions, urban changes and conservation efforts in Singapore. The gallery on the third floor hosts temporary exhibitions encouraging discourses on cultural encounters, hybridity and their contemporary implications in Singapore and beyond. - English Heritage Tours Tuesday – Friday, 10am - Mandarin Heritage Tour : First Monday of each month, 10am Self-guided Visit: Saturday, 1.30pm / 2.15pm / 3.15pm / 4pm
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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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157 Neil Road, Singapore 088883, Singapore
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I've been at Baba House and I wasn't disappointed! It's a Peranakan House completely restored and the guide was sweet! Unluckily is forbidden make pictures and the third floor is completely empty (I was pretty disappointed by this since the guide was talking about a...More

2  Thank Beatrice A
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

It was raining heavily, we were 15min early and asked if we could take shelter under the porch while waiting for the tour to begin. The staff informed very matter of factly that the gates will only be opened 5min before starting time. "Those are...More

Thank Irene T
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Cfalp, Manager at NUS Baba House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Dear Ms Irene, We are very sorry to hear that you had a negative experience with us, and thank you for bringing this to our attention. Please be assured that we take all feedback seriously and will be looking into the matter. If there are...More

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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

NUS baba house is a carefully restored house with Peranakan furnishing coupled addition of carefully curated furniture and household items to give visitors a good understanding of a Peranakan way of life. I booked 2 weeks in advance to secure a slot. The guide was...More

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Reviewed 26 December 2017

Lovely staff and passionately interested,knowledgeable and genuine people. A bonus to the informative tour of the house, it’s environs and Singapore Peranakan culture. We were very glad to have read about it and booked in advance.

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Reviewed 13 December 2017

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
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

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
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Reviewed 15 November 2017 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

2  Thank SusieG
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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
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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
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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
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