39 Armenian St, Singapore 179941
Location: 39 Armenian Street
The Peranakan Museum is dedicated to preserve and showcase Peranakan culture, housing the world's finest and most comprehensive collection of Peranakan artefacts. It is a sister museum to the Asian Civilisations Museum and the first to explore this culture at such depth.
Peranakan’ culture is unique to Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore and Malaysia, due to the cultural confluence and mixed marriages evident in this area since Chinese sailors and merchants first came here.
The Old Tao Nan School Building was designed in 1910, while the construction of the building was completed in March 1912 for the Hokkien-medium school. The symmetrical, Neoclassical French Renaissance styled building was fitted with the fluted columns and balconies fronting the façade, while still following the layout of a typical Straits Settlements bungalow.
The building was occupied and used as a military headquarter during World War II until the reopening of the school in October 1945. In 1982, Tao Nan School was relocated from its Armenian Street premises to Marine Parade whereupon the building was converted from a school to a museum. It was the home of the Asian Civilization Museum from 1994 to the end of 2005. The building was gazetted as a national monument on 27 February 1998.
Dated as early as 1932, the black cast iron eagles once graced Tao Nan School and were moved to the new school site when the school moved. They were returned to their original location in 1996. The eagles, each weighs approximately 200kg, were restored by Taiwanese sculptor and conservator, Mr Chern Lian Shan, over 3 months. The eagles are believed to be regarded as guardians against bad luck or a symbol of excellence to the alumni - to excel as an eagle or elite in society.
A delightful, homely and fascinating museum, the Peranakan Museum emulates the lifestyle, culture and homes of the Peranakan era. Highlights include replication of a 12 day Peranakan Wedding and a Bridal boudoir among others.
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