Singapore’s Peranakan Museum is Reopening Soon

Revamped exhibition spaces, deeper insights, and a trove of recently added artifacts await.

The exterior of Singapore’s Peranakan Museum. (All photos courtesy of Peranakan Museum)

A dazzling combination of ultramodern architecture and tropical gardens may be one of its main calling cards, but Singapore also punches well above its weight when it comes to world-class heritage museums. One such attraction, the three-story Peranakan Museum on the doorstep of Fort Canning Park, is gearing up to welcome back the public in mid-February after nearly four years of renovations. The refurbished interiors will host brand-new permanent galleries designed to create a more immersive visitor experience: interactive displays, new thematic showcases, and programs will highlight the diversity of Peranakan cultures found in Singapore and Southeast Asia as a whole.

While the overhaul was underway, the museum worked together with various Peranakan communities to explore lesser-known aspects of their heritage. Visitors can look forward to interviews and personal stories about the Arab Peranakans, Chinese Peranakans, Chitty Melakans (or Peranakan Indians), and Jawi Peranakans, as they learn about the distinctive customs and practices of each group and their place within the larger Malay-Indonesian world.

In total, nine galleries will tackle three overarching themes that cover different facets of Peranakan identity: Origins, Home, and Style. Besides familiar artifacts and set-pieces seen by previous visitors, an extensive range of new objects acquired or donated over the course of the last decade will be put on display. When it reopens next month, the Peranakan Museum also plans to showcase newly commissioned pieces inspired by Peranakan identity, including one from contemporary artist Sam Lo.

More information will be released closer to the Peranakan Museum’s reopening date, with regular updates posted on Facebook and Instagram.

Left to right: A radiogram with Plessey autochanger and two HMV 78rpm records from 141 Neil Road; a hand-painted photograph of Chinese Peranakan matriarch Lie Pa-toe Nio.

Left to right: An early-20th-century Chitty Melaka addigai necklace; the entrance of the museum.

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