Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum

48-50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock

Four generations of the Chan family lived in the grand house that is now the home of the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, and the family continues to operate the museum there now. A walk across its handsomely tiled floors and through its rooms filled with Chinese antiques is a trip back to late-19th-century British Malaya and a fascinating look at how wealthy Peranakans lived. The chengal wood stairwell with its gold leaf carvings is particularly impressive. Next door is the Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum, housed in a teal shophouse (a type of building common in this part of Southeast Asia, with a shop on the ground floor and a residence above). On display are exquisite pieces of vintage furniture and a glittering array of gold jewelry.

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