The Peranakan Museum is the first museum in the world to explore Peranakan cultures in the former Straits Settlements of Singapore, Malacca and Penang and their links with other Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia. The museum opened on 25 April 2008 after extensive renovations to transform it from Singapore's original Asian Civilisation Museum.

Peranakan means 'local born' in Malay and refers to the Peranakan Chinese as well as Chitty Melaka (Indian), Kristang (Eurasian) and Jawi Peranakan. The Peranakan Museum features the main themes of Peranakan life in ten permanent galleries and is especially designed for family-friendly visits, with 20 interactive multimedia stations for children providing a seamless journey through the exhibits.

This small boutique museum showcases the life and rites of a Peranakan family, a unique Chinese-Malay blended tradition found only in Southeast Asia.


Our friendly volunteer guides will take you on a 1-hour tour of the highlights of this popular museum, after which you can browse at your leisure.

English: Highlight Tour
Permanent Collection
Monday to Friday – 11am, 2pm
Saturday and Sunday- 11am, 2pm, 3pm

French: Highlight Tour
Permanent Collection
2nd Wednesday of the month – 10.45am

Japanese: Highlight Tour
Permanent Collection
Tuesday to Friday- 10.30am

Local Dialects: Highlight Tour
Permanent Collection
Mondays - Available upon booking (4 weeks advance notice) for Senior Citizens.
Please contact Sharon Chen at ACM/TPM or Joanna at FOM for more information and bookings.