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Baba House, Singapore

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Baba House is a museum in Singapore, showcasing Peranakan history, architecture and heritage. It is a traditional Peranakan pre-war terrace-house which was formerly owned by 19th-century shipping tycoon Wee Bin who settled in Singapore, after arriving from the southern Chinese province of Fujian. The Baba House is also an outpost of the National University of Singapore Museum and co-managed by the NUS Centre for the Arts.HistoryBuilt possibly in the 1860s, 157 Neil Road is a residential terrace house located in the Residential Historic District of Blair Plain. The house and the surrounding area was gazetted for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, in 1991.In April 2005, a S$4 million donation was made to the National University of Singapore (NUS) by Ms Agnes Tan, the last surviving daughter of the founder of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), the late Tun Tan Cheng Lock. This donation was given to the University to acquire Wee's traditional Peranakan house along Neil Road, built circa 1860 on the land plot bought by Wee Bin in 1860. The house is currently owned and managed by Mr Wee Lin, the sixth-generation descendant of Wee Bin.Another donation of S$1.5 million was made to the University, for acquisition of two other shophouses along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock in Malacca. These acquired houses will be restored and used for educating younger generations about Peranakan history, culture and architecture, while the two houses in Malacca to be used for study on conservation techniques of historical buildings. In gesture of appreciation for the donation, the University named the Singapore house as the Tan Cheng Lock Baba House.
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TripAdvisor
  • This place can only be visited in connection with a free tour of approx. 1.5 hours which requires prior registration. I waited a couple of weeks for a free seat on a Saturday but it was worth waiting....  more »
  • I'm sure the success of this must rest in large part on the volunteer guides, but the combination of architectural and historical gems mean that this is one of the best things I have done in Singapore...  more »
  • 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 carv...  more »
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  • Well-preserved Peranakan house in an interesting area where we can learn much about urban landscape as well as multi-racial texture of society during colonial period!
  • Fantastic 1 hr tour - so informative and interesting! Must book in advance.
  • Worth a stopover on my way home in NL (y)
  • Interesting guided tour that might not offer anything new for the someone who's already acquainted with peranakan culture, but is probably the best introduction for those who aren't.
  • The NUS runs excellent volunteer run tours of this beautiful heritage house by advance booking. They are one hour duration and free but invaluable in the level of knowledge and depth of experience in Pranakan culture