Saturday, April 26, 2008
The Peranakan Museum opens
After half-a-day of work this afternoon, I headed for the Peranakan Museum on my own. Yes, the Peranakan Museum is now officially opened to the members of the public. Noel has a post on Yesterday.sg with a link to the various events for the Opening Festival of this museum.
Visitors to the Peranakan Museum have to be prepared to queue up to enter the museum. For this weekend, admission to the museum is free. I suppose that drew the crowd. I was thankful that I only had to queue for less than 10 minutes before I was allowed to enter into the museum. There seem to be a longer queue by the middle part of the afternoon.
At the open space just next to the Perankan Museum, there was a bazaar. Visitors can purchase Peranakan food and crafts at the bazaar. In addition, one can even learn how to make a few Peranakan dishes at the bazaar. In addition, various cultural performances were being staged on the stage that you would see in the photo right below. I had to wear ear filters throughout the bazaar as the noise from the speakers was too loud for me.
Interestingly, inside the museum, visitors can be treated to BABAS & NONYAS – Live Drama in the Museum!, produced by Dick Lee, who himself has Peranakan roots. BABAS & NONYAS is a live drama in which the actors interact with the visitors. The actors would share anecdotes of either the exhibits on display or of the Peranakan culture. It seems like BABAS & NONYAS will only be performed during the weekends of the Opening Festival of the museum, during specified timings.
There are quite a number of interesting things to learn at the museum. There are a total of ten main galleries in the museum. One entire level of the museum is dedicated to the wedding ceremonies and preparations of the Peranakan. At the museum, one can also learn more about the dining customs of the Peranakan, and the lives of a few of the prominent pioneers in Singapore's history with Peranakan roots.
As there was too large a crowd today, I decided to just have a quick glance at the exhibits. I suppose I could visit the museum on another day when it is not as crowded.
Meantime, this is one museum that one can visit in Singapore to learn more about the culture of the Peranakans.
39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941.
Monday: 1pm to 7pm
Tuesday to Sunday: 9.30am – 7pm (to 9 pm on Fridays)
For more information, please refer to this link.