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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 the family of a 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 in the 1890s, 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 the Wee family's traditional Peranakan house along Neil Road.The house came into the Wee Family in 1910 when a matriarch of the family bought the house for her grandson, Wee Eng Cheng.The house was last 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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  • September 16, 2017
    This tour only takes around an hour, and will give you a fascinating insight into the Peranakan culture and the intricacies of an everyday Peranakan house. Only ten years ago this same house was in a ...  more »
  • September 15, 2017
    To see the Baba house must be booked in advance by sending them an e-mail. It is free and the visit can only be some days of the week at specific hours. Much that tell us the story of Singapore and how they lived like us. The House is also in very good condition and the guide is very funny!
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  • July 28, 2017
    This 1 hour tour gives you such a unique insight into what is Peranakan and how the different cultures of the early Singaporeans melded together. The tour guide was very knowledgable and I am amazed t...  more »
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  • July 11, 2017
    A must do! The house and guide were amazing. And this is free! One of the best things a tourist can do in Singapore.
  • August 12, 2017
    A must visit to this NUS Baba House if you really interested in the Peranakan culture, heritage and architecture. The waiting list for the guided tour is about a month, but worth the wait. Every details, every artefacts tells the story of the Peranakans, it is really fascinating.
  • May 17, 2017
    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!
  • April 25, 2017
    Fantastic 1 hr tour - so informative and interesting! Must book in advance.
  • June 14, 2017
    Worth a stopover on my way home in NL (y)

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