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NUS Baba House, Singapore

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Built around 1895, remains Singapore's first heritage house, providing visitors with a chance to experience a family home from the previous century. You can engage with history in a unique way, through the domestic setting of the Peranakan Chinese. The third floor functions as an art gallery, with temporary exhibits offering a fresh perspective into local culture and history. Please be sure to visit the website for accurate visiting information, including opening hours and details about self-guided visits. NUS Baba House is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Singapore Edition.
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  • The Baba House is a stop well worth seeing when in Singapore. Gives a historic glimpse into a Peranakan home and the life and times of those that lived there and then. The tour guide was excellent, mu...  more »
  • A tour of the house needs to be booked in advance and only a few tickets are available for each tour. The house has a fascinating history and the guides in the house present the history of the house, ...  more »
  • It was very interesting to walk round this restored heritage house and learn a bit about Peranakan history. The Japanese lady guide was very welcoming and informative. It is fully furnished with items...  more »
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  • Beautifully preserved historical house. Educational exhibitions on how it was preserved. Dedicated staff who conduct small group tours. Important place to learn more about this unique culture.
  • A pre-war traditional terraced house which is now a private museum. Listed in guide books as a must-see, unless you can get on one of the guided tours (only at the weekend and only 14 people) I wouldn't bother. It's a long walk from anything else interesting and you will get told off for taking photos when you get there.
  • Beautiful peranakan house. The guided tour (only on reservation, you can book online) was very interesting and the guide clearly knew a lot of things about the family that lived there. You now have to pay 10S$ but it is totally worth it.
  • Great gem, an actual Chinese peranakan house meticulously conserved. Tells the story of several generations of a Chinese trader family. Advanced booking only. The NUS (university) guide was extremely knowledgeable.
  • Visited this Baba house about 3 years ago. I remember being awed by the furnitures and details left behind in this house. The guide was also very experienced and friendly.
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Message from Singapore Tourism Board
This Peranakan-style house is a testament to Singapore’s architectural heritage, with its ornate exterior and interior still intact. The bright blue National University of Singapore (NUS) Baba House was once the ancestral home of shipping tycoon Wee Bin and introduces visitors to Peranakan culture from the early 20th century to the present. Most of the original interior of this Peranakan-style house is intact and the ornate exterior is a testament to Singapore’s architectural heritage. More than 2,000 Peranakan antiques, such as porcelain ware, furniture, art and embroidery, are on display on the first two floors. These include artefacts found inside the NUS Baba House when parts of it were excavated.