This 3 level museum was previously Tao Nan Chinese School, built in 1912. It houses some of the finest and interesting displays which is an educational journey for anyone who wants to learn and know more.
As this is a National Heritage Board (NHB) museum, locals and permanent residents get in for free while foreign visitors pay a nominal fee. See other posts on National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Philatelic Museum
We got the free entry ‘stamp’/ sticker.
On level 1, an introduction of Peranakans can be found. For further information and history of Peranakans and baba-nyonya, check out this site
On level 2, wedding, furniture and homewares were displayed.
On level 3, food/ dining, communication, altar, batik, funeral were displayed.
There were some interactive displays like the telephones (level 3) and embossing stamps which were placed around the museum. Do remember to obtain a round colorful paper at the reception to stamp on. We only realized halfway through stamping.
For those who want a taste of Peranakan food, there is also True Blue Cuisine which compliments the museum. It is located on the same side, just a few steps away along Armenian Street.
Next to the museum is the Substation which was founded in 1990. It’s purpose is to promote contemporary art with artists, writers and so on. We saw some nice graffiti on the walls.
5 thoughts on “Museums of Singapore – The Peranakan Museum next to the Substation”
Cool that they let you take so many pictures. I’m a travel blogger who loves visiting museums in other countries but I always seem to get the finger-pointing-to-a-locker when I pull out the camera. Oh well — it’s the memories that count, right? http://www.teresabruce.me
Thanks for stopping by Teresa, I guess some museums do not allow photography at all while some allow for certain exhibits. Most allow non-flash photography. I only use ny handphone to snap pics so maybe that is more discreet?
I love peranakan designs… so beautiful 🙂