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“Peranakan Perfection”
Review of NUS Baba House

NUS Baba House
Ranked #129 of 864 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: NUS Baba House is a heritage house which exhibits the Straits Chinese material culture in a domestic context, providing the unique experience of visiting a Straits Chinese family home dating back to the early 20th century. It facilitates research and learning about the history, culture and evolution of the Peranakan community, as well as architectural traditions, urban changes and conservation efforts in Singapore. The gallery on the third floor hosts temporary exhibitions encouraging discourses on cultural encounters, hybridity and their contemporary implications in Singapore and beyond. - English Heritage Tours Tuesday – Friday, 10am - Mandarin Heritage Tour : First Monday of each month, 10am Self-guided Visit: Saturday, 1.30pm / 2.15pm / 3.15pm / 4pm
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

I really recommend the tour of this wonderfully restored Peranakan family home - managed by the University of Singapore. Our guide today - Janice- brought the house to life. She explained all the carvings and symbols, how life would have been lead and the house used, lots of practical details like the house was deliberately open to the elements so that rain water could be caught but because of the structure the house never got wet (amazing in Singapore!), the marriage system, how the house was restored, the fascinating family who lived here and so much more. You have to book online in advance as tours are only on specific days with a maximum of 15 people. It's free!! Try and travel light as you can't take bags into the house (they are locked up safely while the tour takes place). When you reach upstairs you have to take your shoes off to preserve the flooring. No photos inside. It is very efficiently administered so you get sent a clear map and joining details. Very easy to get to by bus - 61, 166 etc. Lots of gorgeous old Singapore houses nearby. This is an absolute treat. One of the most interesting things I've done in the 6 weeks I have spent in this wonderful city.

5  Thank Beverley73
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Really interesting to l ran a bit of baba culture from an enthusiastic guide. Had a lovely one and a half hour visit.
Facing the house the side road to the right has a good tea shop just round the corner.

1  Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Step inside the blue house for a little time travelling ! Well worth taking the time. A real insight into Peranaken culture and the history of the families who lived in Singapore.

1  Thank GapYear4grownups
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Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

A must see for locals n tourists alike! This unique museum is once a living home of the rich Peranakan family. The guided tours are informative n thorough if you wish to see how the Peranakans lived , in the past. Highly recommend this!

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Reviewed 23 November 2016

Really enjoyed our visit here. We have been to Penang and Malacca and the Peranakan museum in Singapore previously and have visited a lot of historical properties associated with the Peranakan heritage. This building is being restored and maintained by the NUS. It is not a visit to explain the culture etc, you should go to the museum for an in depth explanation of that, although of course there are some explanations on the tour, which lasts about an hour. Primarily this is a house of conservation and renovation education. Thanks to the staff for taking time to open the house to the public and its free, they do not even ask for donations, that is not the point. Make sure you book and turn up on time.

2  Thank SuffolkLucchese
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