Peranakan Museum

Peranakan Museum
39 Armenian Street

Opening Hours:
Mon: 1pm - 7pm
Tue - Sun: 9am - 7pm (Till 9pm On Fri)

Admission Fees (In SGD $):
Individual: $6
Concession: $3

Estimated Visiting Duration:
1 - 2 Hours

List Of Star Attractions (Must See):
Gallery 2, 3, 4, 5: Wedding
Gallery 6: Nonya
Gallery 9: Food And Feasting
Emily Of Emerald Hill: Singaporean Identity On Stage

List Of Main Attractions (Good To See):
Gallery 1: Origins
Gallery 7: Religion
Gallery 8: Public Life
Peranakan Museum Exterior & Surroundings

List Of Other Attractions (For A Complete Experience):
Gallery 10: Conversations
Dr. Tan Tsze Chor Gallery
Upper Annex Gallery
Main Hall & Staircase

Rich Exploration Of A Unique Singaporean Culture

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Visited: Jul-2012


The Peranakan Museum is a journey into the Peranakan culture, its history and traditions. Boasting one of the world's largest collection of Peranakan artifacts, in 10 different galleries, the Peranakan Museum is a unique experience.

In Gallery 1: Origins of the Peranakan Museum, visitors can explore the timeline of the Peranakans, as well as see examples of Singaporean Peranakans. Try and spot some well known faces!

In Galleries 2, 3, 4, and 5: Wedding of the Peranakan Museum, visitors can browse a huge collection of wedding artifacts and view exhibits of cultural practises. The famous Peranakan skill in beadwork is also showcased here.

On the uppermost level of the Peranakan Museum, Gallery 6: Nonya showcases the Nonyas, and their beadwork, embroidery and textile arts. Gallery 7: Religion explores the evolution of beliefs in Peranakan culture, while Gallery 8: Public Life showcases prominent Singaporean Peranakans. Gallery 9: Food And Feasting showcases the Peranakan dining customs, and their intricate porcelain work. It also includes a exhibit kitchen and dining hall. Gallery 10: Conversations explores the future for modern Peranakans.

The Dr. Tan Tsze Chor Gallery and the Upper Annex Gallery of the Peranakan Museum houses special temporary exhibitions. During my visit, the special exhibition was Emily Of Emerald Hill: Singaporean Identity On Stage. Written by playwright Stella Kon based on her personal experience, Emily Of Emerald Hill is a one-woman play about Peranakan lifestyle, that has won awards worldwide. This exhibition traces the history, development, and accolades of the play, and its author.

Unfortunately, during my visit most of the interactive multi-media stations were under maintenence. Still, there was a lot of things and exhibits to see. However, the Peranakan Museum isn't very interactive in nature, so kids may get bored.

If you're planning a visit, do note that admission fees cost $6 per person, and allocate around 1 to 2 hours for viewing.


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