About the Museum


Weddings gallery
Courtesy Peranakan Museum

Weddings gallery

Exterior View, Peranakan Museum
Courtesy Peranakan Museum

Exterior View, Peranakan Museum

Religion gallery
Courtesy Peranakan Museum

Religion gallery

Weddings gallery
Courtesy Peranakan Museum

Weddings gallery

This museum explores the culture of Peranakan communities in the former Straits Settlements of Singapore, Malacca and Penang, as well as their links with other communities in Southeast Asia. It is a boutique museum with one of the world’s finest and most comprehensive collections of Peranakan artefacts. Three storeys of permanent galleries illustrate important rituals, practices and the material culture of the Peranakans, plus highlight how this unique fusion culture is viewed today. The Peranakan Museum houses intricate displays innovatively presented within ten galleries, children’s interactives and two shops. Additionally, two temporary galleries present a programme of special exhibitions throughout the year. 

Collection Highlights


Altar Sideboard, Singapore
Beadwork Tablecloth, Penang
Kebaya, Dutch East Indies, Indonesia
Kamcheng, China
Wedding Necklace with Flowers, Java
Peranakan Museum: Collection Highlights
Altar Sideboard, Singapore, 1900-1920
wood, glass, 309 cm x 183 cm x 71 cm
Gift of Mr Ong Sin Tiong. Collection of the Peranakan Museum
Beadwork Tablecloth, Penang, early 20th century
glass beads, cotton, 126 cm x 118 cm
Restoration sponsored by BNP Paribas Foundation and BNP Paribas, Singapore Branch. Collection of the Peranakan Museum
Kebaya, Dutch East Indies, Indonesia, c.1920
cotton, machine-made net and broderie anglaise, 69 cm x 137.5 cm
Gift of Mr and Mrs Lee Kip Lee. Collection of the Peranakan Museum
Kamcheng, China, late 19th-early 20th century
porcelain, 22 cm x 36 cm
Gift of Professor Cheah Jin Seng. Collection of the Peranakan Museum
Wedding Necklace with Flowers, Java, late 19th-early 20th century
gold, 75 cm x 28 cm x 5cm
Collection of the Peranakan Museum
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