The Peranakan Museum proudly proclaims the glory and the charm of the traditions and life style of the Peranakans scattered through Singapore and other Peranakan communities to be found in Southeast Asia, as well as other former Straits Settlements in Penang and Malaca , through its wonderful collection of interesting items . Being the first of its kind in the world, the Peranakan Museum hold great relevance and significance to the Peranakan communities, as it is known as an emblem of their culture and tradition that have stood the test of time.
The Peranakan Museum is housed in the Old Tao Nan School, which was opened in the year 1912 and holds the most wide-ranging and finest Peranakan artifacts and wares which portray the various facets of the life of Peranakan culture in each of its varying periods. The wonders of this colorful culture are attractively show cased, combining the modern technology of audio and visual effects, while the children visiting this place of absolute charm and interest in the aspects of history and culture, will find edutainment in the interactive multimedia stations that are designed to disseminate knowledge and understanding about the Peranakan culture.
The Peranakan Museum was opened on the April 25, 2008, and has 10 permanent galleries. These galleries are spread across the three levels of the building with Gallery 1 being in level 1, Galleries 2 – 5 spread across level 2, while Galleries 6 – 10 own the level 3 with the Special Exhibitions Galleries.
In these galleries one will be given an introduction to the Peranakan culture as well as the Peranakn communities. Here, the visitor will be exposed to its quaint traditions such as the 12-day Peranakan wedding with its significant ceremonies, and witness the wedding chamber and a wedding procession of traditional beauty. Arts and crafts of Nonyas including a display on the Nonya kebaya and intricate beadwork will also be displayed along with items portraying the faith and religion of the Peranakans, while commerce and social affairs of these people, as well as food and feasting aspects will also be showcased.
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Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.