The Intan
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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VISITS ARE STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENTS Founded in 2003, The Intan is a Peranakan heritage home-museum. The brainchild of antique collector and owner Alvin Yapp, The Intan (meaning 'rose-cut diamond' in Malay) enlightens its guests about the multi-facetted aspects of Peranakan culture through a kaleidoscope of rare historical artefacts, intriguing personal stories, and authentic dining experiences. Located in the heart of Joo Chiat, a traditional Peranakan enclave and Singapore's first heritage town (2011), The Intan offers personalised tours conducted by Alvin, which culminate with authentic Peranakan tea sessions and dinners inspired by his mother. The Intan also doubles up as a unique event space, having hosted a variety of activities that included jewellery exhibitions, art shows and violin recitals. Voted Best Overall Experience in Singapore's inaugural Museum Roundtable Awards, The Intan has been featured internationally on CNN Travel, Discovery Channel and National Geographic. Singapore Travelholic lists The Intan as the top 5 Peranakan activities to do in Singapore. With a vision to promote Peranakan culture beyond Singapore, The Intan's collection has been showcased in places such as Croatia, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Moscow, London and Barcelona.
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Jennifer T
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Couples
Alvin was an enthusiast on all things Peranakan. He explained the history and culture and his collection is vast and eclectic. The tour ends with tea and traditional cakes and the colourful Peranakan houses are nearby.
Written 25 October 2022
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Christy P
Oakland, CA5 contributions
Oct 2022
This was a great way to see the soul of Singapore--to see that it is more than just fancy shiny buildings, but that it has a rich historical culture. Highly recommend.
Written 10 October 2022
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michellewR9721NN
Singapore3 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
The Intan is beautifully curated and offers a rare and rich glimpse of the multi-faceted Peranakan culture. These were brought to life by museum owner Alvin Yapp, whose personal anecdotes and hospitality made the visit an enriching experience.
Written 16 September 2022
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JannOlynyk
Redmond, WA26 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
Alvin was the perfect host. entertainer, and museum curator!! Everything was fabulous! His collection of Peranakan items was amazing and the meal they cooked us was delicious!
Written 22 August 2022
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Mr. Daniel
Mill Valley, CA10 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
When our Grab driver dropped us off I was convinced we were in the wrong location but Alvin Yap the delightful proprietor came out to greet us. We hosted our family of four with tea, snacks and an introduction to his personal passion project of many years, collecting Peranakan artifacts and displaying them in his home. Clearly, the collection is destined for a more formal venue, and we felt lucky to be viewing it in such a personal setting. Many thanks to Mr. Yap for sharing his home so generously with the public, and for what I thought was a modest fee.
Written 1 August 2022
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It was a delight hosting you and your family @ The Intan! thank you for sharing your experience , especially how reasonable our charges are given that we are a private museum without any funding !
Written 8 August 2022
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Zoe
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Business
An intriguing visit to The Intan! The tour was pleasant and warm, definitely a unique experience in learning more about peranakan culture.
Written 21 July 2022
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So glad you enjoyed The Intan experience! Do remember we also have our dinning experience where you can taste authentic Peranakan meals1
Written 8 August 2022
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jontytan
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
May 2022
Walking through the front door we were stunned by what we saw as we looked around the open plan home. Alvin himself is a jewel, precious with knowledge, enthusiasm and hospitality. The depth of understanding he has allows every piece in the museum to come alive as he explains the stories behind them.
Written 24 May 2022
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As the owner, founder and curator of The Intan museum, it was a delight sharing with you The Intan journey!
Written 8 August 2022
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ejn843
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates1 contribution
May 2022 • Family
What a wonderful display of antiques and artifacts. Alvin’s passion to preserve and share Peranakan history and culture was remarkable.
He is a friendly and gracious host.
Valuable experience.
Written 7 May 2022
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So glad you enjoyed the visit!
Written 8 August 2022
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ArunAggarwal05
Singapore, Singapore6 contributions
Apr 2022
Don't go. Complete rip-off and waste of time and money.

1) 160.50 sgd for Family of 3: less than 5 minutes worth of materials to see. Commentary some basic but nothing here worth this much money.

2) why sell child tickets when the space is not child friendly at all: "don't walk here as edge is sharp", "cannot touch anything as fragile", "please carry child"

3) tea and snacks discontinued because of COVID: gentleman please put up on the website clearly if that is the case. Why hide or keep it grey.

Complete waste. Can think of 100 different ways that I could have spent this 160.50 sgd and 1 hour better.
Written 19 April 2022
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Dear Mr Arun Aggarwal, I am sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the experience. We have tried reaching out to you but unfortunately have been unsuccessful Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to understand what happened and how we can improve 1. The Intan celebrates 19 years of sharing Peranakan culture locally and internationally. Awarded Best Museum Experience Award, Best Tour Experience Award, Best in Heritage Award and featured in National Geographic, CNBC, CondeNast Traveller etc, the home museum showcases more than 5000 Peranakan artifacts, including the largest collection of beaded shoes and tiffin carriers. Perhaps you may have missed many of the artefacts as I remember you needed to care for your son during the visit 2. We have hosted numerous families with children and school groups of up of 40 children and everyone loved the experience! Like any museum, we try our best to ensure the safety of our visitors and the artifacts. Being a home museum, we do our best to allow our visitors admire some of the beautiful pieces without barriers or glass showcase. Children are our FAVORITE visitors as they are often enthusiastic, honest and inquisitive! As a responsible museum, we do explicitly share some do and don'ts when we notice/ anticipate safety risks or when parents need our help :) Eg I do recall your wife asking our assistance to remind your son the importance of mask wearing within the museum as required by the law as he was reluctant. Similarly, we had to advise where some sharp corners were in the house as well as asked his understanding not to touch some of the fragile display pieces. Incidentally you may recall it was also another visitor that assisted in requesting your child to be respectful of the visit? 3. I am sorry you missed our COVID 19 advice on our website which indicated that we are not allowed to serve tea and snacks during the tours as there are families from different households during the tour. Your booking was made by a lady so she may have overlooked in updating you about the advisory. We also did indicate that everyone will have a choice of a Peranakan gift worth up to $15 which you and your family each also were entitled to and received ) As our passion to share the Peranakan culture in the most memorable way, it would be my pleasure to invite you and your wife back again to the museum , and perhaps for your child to visit us by himself. We sometimes notice children enjoy the visit better without their parents around.
Written 25 April 2022
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elizxie2022
1 contribution
Feb 2022
Small place but sizeable collection. Provides collector's perspective to Peranakan heritage. Alvin provides interesting anecdotes.
Only downside in my opinion is that it is overprice for a one hour tour.
Written 8 February 2022
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The Intan is open:
  • Sun - Sat 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM