This museum highlights the culture and history of the Peranakans. Honestly I had never heard of this culture at all. It was recommended to me by the tourist office when I asked what a good cultural activity would be. The Peranakan culture is the culture found in South East Asia made up of a mix of Asian cultures. Singapore is known as a melting pot of culture, and that melting pot created a new culture, the Peranakan. It has Chinese, Indian and Malay culture fused to create a new, unique culture. The museum first discusses what the culture is and give a little background and history. They is talks about various aspects of it, including everyday life, weddings, religious rituals, cuisine and public life. It is set up quite nicely and gives a nice overview of the culture. It was just the right size, I think I went through a little quickly because I was on a time crunch, but I was there for about 30 minutes and took in a good amount of info. They have guided tours or you can walk through at your leisure, which is what I did. It is clearly marked, in English and other languages (not sure which they are as they are Asian in nature) and easy to self navigate. I left there feeling informed, but not bogged down and overwhelmed. There are even activities for little kids, which include collecting embossed images throughout the museum, which adults can take part in as well, as I did!!! The price was resonable as well, 6 SGD for adults and 3 SGD for students. This museum is located just around the corner from the Singapore Art Museum. You can also get a join ticket with the Asian Civilizations museum, which I think is 10 SGD for both. I would recommend this museum!
The Peranakan Museum is housed in a lovely, colonial style building.
It was established in 1906, as the Tao Nan School, one of the first six modern Chinese schools in Singapore. The school moved in 1982, and it was then, the building was restored and opened as the Asian Civilisations Museum. Now the Asian Civilisation's Museum is in a bigger building, and since 2008, the Peranakan Museum has been located here.
As the name suggest's, the Museum is about the living culture of the Peranakan community, and has collection's of Peranakan objects and information on cultural traditions and the visual arts of the Peranakans
Monday: 1pm to 7pm
Tuesday to Sunday: 9am – 7pm (to 9 pm on Fridays)
ADMISSION IN 2011.....Adult's $6s.....Children $3s