PERANAKAN MUSEUM:

Overview:
Completed in 1912, the Peranakan Museum features a neoclassical design inspired by the French Renaissance.

The museum houses the world's finest and most comprehensive collection of Peranakan artefacts, representing a unique cultural tradition ; fusing ethnic Chinese, Malay and Indian elements, indigenous to Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Aspects of Peranakan life are explored in ten permanent galleries, with highlights including the elaborate 12-day Peranakan wedding, prominent Peranakans in Singapore's history, as well as Peranakan food and feasting. It also allows visitors to have a glimpse of how modern-day Peranakans have evolved with their culture.


About the Peranakans:



(1) Peranakan Chinese:
Descendants of Chinese traders who settled in Malacca and around the coastal areas of Java and Sumatra, in the 14th century. In the 19th century, the Peranakan Chinese, drawn by commerce, migrated to the bustling ports of Penang and Singapore.

(2) Chitty Melaka/Peranakan Indians:
Descended from unions between South Indian Hindu merchants and local women, from the time of the Malacca Sultanate in the 15th century. Peranakan Indians speak a type of vernacular Malay which incorporates some Tamil words.

(3) Jawi Peranakans/Jawi Pekan:
Descendants of intermarriage between South Indian-Muslim traders and women of the local community. The Jawi Peranakans clustered around urban centres, particularly in the trading port of Penang.


Museum Guide:

Level 1
Gallery 1 - Origins : An introduction to Peranakan culture and to various Peranakan communities in Singapore, Malacca, Penang and Southeast Asia.

Level 2
Galleries 2 to 5
The story of the traditional 12-day Peranakan wedding, where significant ceremonies like the lap chai (exchange of gifts) and chiu thau (coming of age) are presented. Visitors can also see the elaborate wedding chamber and a wedding procession taking place indoors

Level 3
Gallery 6 - Nonya : Features the arts and crafts of Nonyas like beadwork, along with a display on the Nonya kebaya, and the women folks' role of transmitting cultural values to Peranakan children.

Gallery 7 - Religion : Peranakans and their faiths.

Gallery 8 - Public Life : Illustrates the commerce, politics and social affairs of prominent Peranakans in Singapore's history.

Gallery 9 - Food and Feasting : A grand banquet setting with the world's best collection of nonya porcelain.

Gallery 10 - Conversations : An introspection of modern Peranakans and their feelings about their heritage and the future of their culture.

Special Exhibitions Galleries : Feature changing specific-themed exhibitions.


Opening Hours:
Daily 10:00 am to 7.00 pm
Fridays 10.00 am to 9.00 pm


Admission:
Free admission for all Singaporean, Singapore PR students and Permanent Residents aged 60 years and above. (Please present ID or valid pass for verification)

Foreign Visitors

Category Individual Concession#
Adult S$6.00 S$3.00
Group of 20 pax or more S$4.80 S$2.40

Family (Maximum of 5 pax)*
Total: S$18.00
Asian Civilisations Museum & Peranakan Museum Joint-ticket** S$11.00 S$5.50
Friday Night (7pm - 9pm) S$3.00 S$1.50


# Foreigners aged 60 and above or full-time student
* For maximum of 5 persons (Applicable only during special exhibitions)
** Joint-ticket must be used within 7 days of purchase



Contact:
Address: 39 Armenian Street Singapore 179941
Tel: (+65) 6332 7591


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References:
National Heritage Board. http://www.nhb.gov.sg/NHBPortal/Museums/PeranakanMuseum
Peranakan Museum. http://www.peranakanmuseum.sg/home/home.html