Peranakan Museum

Overview of Peranakan Museum

The Peranakan Museum is a museum in Singapore specialising in Peranakan culture and a sister museum to the Asian Civilizations Museum. It is the first of its kind in the world that explore Peranakan cultures in Singapore and other Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia.

It is located in the Old Tao Nan School building at Armenian Street. The Museum is the world's most distinctive and comprehensive Peranakan museum, with its extensive collection of artifacts and wares inside its 10 galleries. Come and immerse yourself in this unique Southeast Asian culture.


Gallery 1 : Origins - Located at level 1. It traces back the history and provides an introduction to Peranakan culture and to various Peranakan communities in Singapore, Malacca, Penang and Southeast Asia.

Galleries 2 - 5 : Wedding - Located at level 2. Explore the significance of the traditional 12-day Peranakan wedding and learn what rituals like the coming of age (Chiu Thau) and the exchange of gifts (Lap Chai) mean. These galleries displays the Museum's famous collection of Peranakan beadwork, an essential backdrop to the wedding celebration

Gallery 6 : Nonya - Located at level 3. It features the arts and crafts of Nonyas like beadwork, along with a display on the Nonya kebaya, and the womenfolk's role of transmitting cultural values to Peranakan children.

Gallery 7 : Religion - Located at level 3. Traditionally Peranakans embraced a mixture of Daoism, Buddhism, ancestral worship and folk beliefs. This gallery finds out how these beliefs evolved in the face of change

Gallery 8 : Public lifes - Located at level 3. Many Peranakans have had active public lives. Many Babas who were prominent public figures made an impact on Singapore society

Gallery 9 : Food and Feasting - Located at level 3. It provides a view on Peranakan cuisine and Peranakan dining customs with the world's best collection of nonya porcelain. Visit the heart of a Peranakan home, the kitchen and see it come alive in a sound and light show.

Gallery 10 : Conversations - Located at level 3. Finally the visual experience concludes with an introspection of modern Peranakans and how they feel about their heritage and the future of their culture

How to get there

Take the MRT to City Hall Station and take Exit B and head along Stamford Road and turn left to Armenian Street

Take Public Bus 7, 14, 16, 36, 97, 124, 131, 147, 162, 166, 174, 501 Express, 511 Express, 77, 167, 171, 190, 700, 700A and 857 Bus stop opposite Singapore Management University

Opening Hours

Monday: 1pm to 7pm

Tuesday to Sunday: 9.30am - 7pm (to 9 pm on Fridays)


Individual $6.00
Group of 20 pax and more $5.00
Family (for maximum of 5 persons) $20.00
Asian Civilisations Museum & Peranakan Museum Joint-ticket $11.00
Friday Night (7pm - 9pm) $3.00

Notes on Admission Charges

Admission charges may vary during special exhibitions

  • Free admission for visitors aged 6 years and below
  • Free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents aged 60 years and above everyday
  • 50% discount for foreigners aged 60 and above everyday
  • Discounted admission charges on Fridays, 7pm - 9pm

More information

39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941

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