A venue of the Singapore Night Festival, this museum houses the heritage of one of the most unique cultures of Singapore and Southeast Asia. Step into the Peranakan Museum along Armenian Street and you will come face-to-face with the Peranakan culture, which fuses ethnic Chinese, Malay and Indian elements. It is a reflection of the history, traditions and culture of early settlers in the former Straits Settlements of Singapore, Malacca and Penang.
In addition to the world's finest and most comprehensive collection of Peranakan artefacts, you can also enjoy a special exhibition of 'Batik for Peranakan Altars' running till 28 December 2014. The highlight of the exhibition is a collection of batik altar cloths generously donated by Matthew and Alice Yapp. Also known as 'tok wi', these cloths traditionally decorated the fronts of Peranakan altars during important family ceremonies and prayer rituals.
You can view a wide range of designs from the traditional embroidered cloths made in Southern China to the local batik produced in Java in the early 20th century with Chinese symbols and Southeast Asian and European motifs. Best of all, the Museum offers FREE admission for locals and just a small entry fee of $6 for international visitors.