The Native Chinese Museum is not big, in an old building two or three stories high. The museum introduces us to the history of the Chinese in Singapore. It is a bit like a folklore, very good.
The advertising of this museum is not very good, but it is an excellent way to understand Peranakan culture. There are a variety of paintings that show all aspects of history, cuisine, weddings and society. The exhibits are well arranged. For anyone interested in social history, it should be on the list of "must see" museums. The road outside the museum is under construction, so it is difficult to find it. We didn't know anything about Peranakan culture, but this museum is really interesting. There are many amazing samples of people's lives here. I especially like these photos. After experiencing the indigenous culture here, we ate at a Nyonya restaurant. A great day!
The museum of native Chinese people actually tells the history of the development of local Chinese and Malay descendants. There are some folk customs exhibits that Chinese people marry in. The museum is not big, three floors of small buildings.
A good place of showing the history and culture of the peranakan (baba and nyonya) lifestyles in Singapore
An excellent museum showcasing the Peranakan culture in Singapore; their famous beadwork, pottery, ornate furniture and customs. A Peranakan is generally a person of Chinese and Malay heritage. But there are also Indian-Chinese, Muslim Indian and Malay Peranakans as well as Portuguese peranakans (known as Kristang) in Singapore.The Nyonya Needlework exhibition is on until 26 March 2017. The nearest train station is City Hall. Open from 10am - 7pm daily. Friday opens till 9pm. S$6 entry fee for tourists.
A fantastic museum to learn about about the peranakans, their culture, costumes and lifestyle. The museum premises and building used to be a Chinese School set up by the Hokkien association which has been conserved.
Peranakans are native to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. The best way to describe this ethnic group is a 'creole' blend of Chinese and the local country they adopt. For example, the early Chinese settlers in Singapore integrated their culture with the local Malay culture. This gives birth to a very unique and colurful culture known for its intricate beadwork, gold jewelery, shophouses, beautiful sarong kebayas, food (check out nonya laksa and poh piah) and mixed language. (which is sadly only spoken by the older generation today) What is interesting is that most of these Chinese settlers settled in this region during the Qing dynasty period and they managed to retain a lot of the cultures of that period. This manifests itself in the wedding attire. This is truly worth a visit if you'd like ti understand the local psyche, as Singapore is a melting pot of many cultures. Pair this visit with a trip to Joo Chiat (the peranakan stronghold)
The visit to the museum gives me a sense of history and appreciation for cultural diversity in Singapore