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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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  • 我需要提前超過2個星期,才爭取到入門時間,去參觀這個博物館。這是因為它們在周3,週5公共假期關閉。它們還限制每次參觀不超過13人。它也是免費的,不需要入門票。就是這樣,要去的人非常多。你可以提前打電話或網上預約入門時間。不管怎樣,我很開心能夠參觀到它。因為這個博物館,給我們展示了一個樸實的房子。這不同於娘惹博物館,只展示一些文物。這裡的指導,講得詳盡和詳細,幾乎像一位學校的老師。當然,我去過檳城更...  more »
  • 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 cor...  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Informative hour-long (and free) tours booked through their website. Great portal into the Peranakan culture!
  • 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
  • Very knowledgeable tour guide. Worth the free visit (donations accepted) to get an off the beaten path look into Singapore's history. Learned quite a bit about the wealthy merchant class that occupied this house.