This is a sister museum under the Asian Civilisations Museum. The Peranakan Museum aims to explore the interesting culture of Peranakan communities in Singapore, Malaysia, and Penang, together with their links throughout SE Asia. Opening in 2008, this museum is a proud testament to the Peranakan culture revival in Singapore of recent times. The Peranakan people are descendants of Chinese men who married Malay women in the 19th century. This was because, during that time, Chinese women in China were rarely allowed to leave the Chinese Mainland, thus the Chinese men who migrated to Singapore and Malaysia had to settle for Malay women, giving birth to a hybrid culture – the Peranakan.
This boutique museum has the world’s largest collection of Peranakan artifacts. Its permanent galleries showcase the culture and practices of the Peranakans. In addition, there are 2 temporary galleries that present special exhibitions throughout the year.
- Monday 1pm-7pm
- Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am-7pm (till 9pm on Fridays)
How to get to Peranakan Museum
Approximately a 10-minute walk from city hall MRT station.
Why not hire a car while you’re in Singapore and visit the Peranakan museum this is a great option and gives you the freedom to go everywhere in your own time. Roads are easy to follow and great to drive on. Tourists can drive using a valid foreign license and an International Driving Permit (IDP) issued home country. If you come from one of the Asian Nations you can drive in Singapore without an international permit.