We’ve all been there – dressed in old pyjamas, slumped over on the sofa, binge-watching hours and hours of Disney+. We are continually wasting away our weekends scrolling through Instagram and lazing at home, complaining that we have nothing exciting to do.
Well, enough of that! This weekend, take a trip down to the NUS Baba House! Teeming with original Peranakan artefacts, art and textiles, this is one experience you don’t want to miss!
Built in 1985, the Baba House was once the regal ancestral home to the Wee family, a Peranakan-Chinese family residing in Singapore. It was then acquired by the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2006 before being undergoing restoration works to transform the large three-story townhouse into a museum.
Many of the Wee family’s original furniture, everyday objects, paintings and photographs were preserved, maintaining the townhouse’s original charm. Parts of the house that were previously inaccessible were also reworked, allowing visitors to venture through the townhouse freely. Visitors can get the most authentic experience possible into the Wee family’s lives back in 1985 and appreciate the Peranakan influences at every turn.
As most frequent visitors would agree, the grand Ancestral Hall is a major highlight of the museum experience. Flanked by large, gold-flecked pieces of furniture, the Ancestral Hall was once the primary location for large family gatherings and activities. Here, visitors can get up close and personal to the delicate carpentry and gaze in awe at the array of ornamental decorations placed around the room.
In addition to the Ancestral Hall, the Dining Room, which leads to an adjourning kitchen, is equally charming. Featuring dark wood furniture, walls adorned with large paintings of scenery and decorated with antique vases of all kinds; this is a dining room fit for a king. This was the place for shared meals with the family after a long, hard day at work. With food being a significant part of Peranakan culture, it’s safe to say that the dining room in any Peranakan home would be a beautiful space.
The townhouse’s third and uppermost floor has been converted to an exhibition space, displaying artefacts and antiquities. It’s a serene space ideal for admiring the objects and partaking in some quiet thinking.
You can opt for a fully guided tour of the Baba House for first-time visitors, available in both English and Mandarin. A local guide will bring you through the different rooms in the Baba House while explaining to you all about Peranakan culture – an experience you won’t forget!
Book your guided tour here!
So, if you’re looking for somewhere to go this weekend, look no further! At the NUS Baba House, you’ll get a taste of how Singapore’s Peranakan-Chinese families lived in the 1980s. It’s a must-see experience for everyone, so book your visit now!
Address: 157 Neil Road, 088883
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 11 AM (Tuesdays – Fridays), 1 PM – 4.30 PM (Saturdays), Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Website: NUS Baba House
Phone Number: 6227 5731