Peranakan Museum

The Peranakan Museum is a museum in Singapore specialising in Peranakan culture. 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 former Straits Settlements in Malacca and Penang, and other Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia.[1] It is housed in the Old Tao Nan School building at Armenian Street, which served as an extended wing to the artefact collection of Asian Civilisations Museum.

On January 1, 2006 the Museum, known then as ACM 1[1] closed the Armenian Street wing for a major revamp. At its closure, the museum management chose Peranakan culture theme over a children’s museum and a Chinese ceramic museum as their new showcase in the Tao Nan School space. This enabled the Museum to house the world’s most distinctive and comprehensive Peranakan museum collection of artifacts and wares, with a potential annual visitorship numbers of 112,000 people. Also, the revamp enabled 25 per cent more exhibition space for contextual displays for different aspects of Peranakan home and lifestyle. It also includes plans for Peranakan-themed eateries and shops in the row of four shophouses adjacent to its building.

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