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Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum    

  48-50, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200, Melaka, Melaka | Visit Website |   06-282 1273
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4.4   (1,498)


A living museum that showcases the local history of ethnic Chinese-Malays called Baba-Nyonya or Peranakan in Melaka. The museum displays artifacts of the Baba-Nyonya descendants, and is known for its well-preserved and elaborate woodwork, furniture, and porcelain.

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What to Expect?

Located at No. 48-50 along Jalan Tun Cheng Lock in Malacca, the Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum is actually a collection of three beautifully restored houses arranged to look like a typical 19th-cenutry Baba-Nyonya residence.

Excellent examples of Chinese-Palladian style, these townhouses, built in 1896, were transformed into a traditional Peranakan museum in later years; connected by a common covered footway, the museum features hand-painted tiles, elaborately carved teakwood outer swing doors and a sturdier internal door which provides extra security.

Framed by Greco-Roman columns, two red lanterns, one bearing a household name and the other messages of good luck, hang on either side of the entrance.

The upper level of the house has a short canopy of Chinese tiles above the portico which frames the almost-Venetian shuttered windows. Boasting distinctively east-meets-west allure, the glass windows feature wrought-iron grilles and the eaves and fascias are covered with painted, floral designs. Inside the house there’s a collection of gold-leaf fixtures, Chinese- and Dutch-design black wood furniture inlaid with mother of pearl as well as skilfully carved lacquer screens and Victorian chandeliers.

The best parts of this tour are the guides who regal guests with Baba Nyonya tales of yore with noticeable Peranakan wit during the informative 45-minute tours.

Touring this traditional Baba-Nonya (Peranakan) townhouse transports you to a time when women peered at guests through decorative partitions and every social situation had its specific location within the house. Built in 1659 by Dutch settlers, it was thoroughly rebuilt by Mr Chan, owner of a rubber plantation, in 1896. It's now owned by the seventh generation of the Chan family.

Guided tours start every 30 minutes to one hour, last 45 minutes and impart lots of information in an entertaining fashion; alternatively, it's possible to take a self-guided audiotour. The last tour of the day is 45 minutes before closing time.

Adults pay RM16 for a tour, children RM11.
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 Address:   48-50, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200, Melaka, Melaka

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06-282 1273

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Reviews 4.4   (1,498)
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    S T

    in the last week

    Cool actual home to see posh deco of a wealth household from earlier days. Would recommend it, self guided tour is informative. ticket is affordable.

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    Cassie Song

    a week ago

    We’re from Taiwan and love this museum since it shows lots of history and reserves the antiques very well. Highly recommend to come and learn the whole history of Baba and Nyonya.

    Remember to look into the details for some of the stuffs and you’ll found some surprising things.

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    3 weeks ago

    The interior is beautiful and they provide you with an in-depth insight on the historical ways of the owners of the house. It's almost transports you back to a certain place in time. Overall a good place to visit if you live around the area or you're travelling.

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    Charles Foo

    a month ago

    Nice place to visit if you are around the area. Can go without guided tour as booklet detailing each room and areas is provided. My kids enjoyed the visit and got to learn more about the culture. The place is well maintained to with access to toilet.

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    YT Koh

    4 months ago

    Have had a wonderful time exploring and understanding this heritage as passed down from the early babas and nonyas. Very well maintained and preserved exhibits and artifacts which are passed down from generations to generations. Watch out for the floor tiles, the well carved (well maintained too!) doors, furnishings, decorative displays, paintings and photos and the various daily utensils for eating and cooking. Friendly host informed on what to do and not to do (and where to sit and not sit) through booklet which was returned after visit. The stairs and steps to 2nd level has its own designs to behold and admire too. Amazing place, worth the time taken to visit and spent like 2+ hours there. Parking is really tricky at this place but the staff there mentioned there is a parking place with $3RM for whole day behind a particular block. Need parking coupons otherwise.

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