Synopsis
The Peranakan Museum gives an insight into the unique culture of descendants of mixed ethnic origins from times of past traders.

How much time you will need: 1 to 2 hours

What we thought of it: A very pleasant museum to visit with interesting displays of the Peranakan culture.
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Addr: 39 Armenian Street,
Singapore 179941

Tel: (65) 6332 7591
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Page created on 7 Feb 2009
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Review
The Peranakan refers to communities in Malacca, Penang and Singapore from the old colonial days - their culture is a fusion of cultures from their countries of origin and the local Malay culture. The main groups of Peranakans are the Peranakan Chinese, Peranakan Indians or Chitty Melaka (Indian Hindu Peranakans) and the Jawi Pekans (Indian Muslim Peranakans).
The Museum has several galleries, each focusing on a different aspect of the Peranakan culture. It is quite a delight to see a set-up of the kitchen, the living room, etc. There's even one of the wedding day. We particularly enjoyed looking at the beautiful dresses, jewellery as well as their colourful porcelain.
The kids are not left out in this Museum either. There are motifs that they could trace out and collect from around the Museum. Some of the artefacts have also been made available for the children to touch and feel. There's even a section where we could eavesdrop on their telephone conversations for a better understanding of their culture.

Tips
If you do have children (of any age), do ask at the reception for paper to trace out the motifs.

Things to Bring
Drinking water. Once within the galleries, it's difficult to find drinks until you've completed the tour round.

A jacket may be useful as it can get a little chilly inside.

Opening Times
Opening times:
Monday - 1 pm to 7 pm
Tuesday to Sunday - 9 am to 7 pm (Friday is till 9 pm)

Guided tours (Available throughout the year except during volunteer guides' annual break in end Dec/early Jan and public holidays):
English
Monday - 2 pm
Tuesday to Friday - 11 am, 2 pm
Saturday & Sunday - 11 am, 2 pm, 3 pm

Mandarin
Saturday - 2:30 pm
Sunday -  11:30 am, 2:30 pm

Japanese
Tuesday to Friday (except public holiday) -  10:30 am

Sarong Kebaya Guided Tours (English only)
Tuesday to Friday - 12:30 pm

Best time to go: Anytime.

Admission Fees
Admission charges may vary during special exhibitions.

Adult - $6
Student, Child (7 to 18 years old) and
Senior Citizen (tourist 60 years old and over) - $3

There's a package for admission to both Asian Civilisations Museum and Peranakan Museum:
Adult - $10
Student, Child (7 to 18 years old) and
Senior Citizen (tourist over 60 years old) - $5
Ticket must be used within 7 days of purchase.

Discounted admission on Friday, 7 pm to 9 pm:
Adult - $3
Student, Child (7 to 18 years old) and
Senior Citizen (tourist over 60 years old) - $1.50

Family Admission (Up to 5 adult visitors,
only available during special exhibitions) - $20

Free admission for child aged 6 years old and under.
Free admission for senior citizen (Singaporean or Permanent Resident) 60 years and over.
Free admission for students & teachers (Singaporean or Permanent Resident) & NSF (with valid 11B pass).

How to Get There
By Taxi - This is the fastest and easiest way to get there.

By MRT - Take the North-South Line or the East-West Line and alight at City Hall MRT Station. Head down Stamford Road (in the direction of the traffic) and turn left into Armenian Street - the Museum is on your right. It is about 10 minutes' walk to the Museum.

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