Tuesday, 9 October 2012

The Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum

The next place that I think quite interesting is The Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum. For your information, Baba and Nyonya are Chinese of noble descendants that have adopted much of the Malay culture into theirs. They are also known as ‘Straits-born Chinese’ or ‘Peranakans’. Visitor who still don’t know about this culture now can view their heritage at the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum (a private museum) run by the Babas and Nyonyas of Melaka.

The Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum located at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, or better known as the Millionaire’s Row, this heritage was a residence built during the Dutch occupancy and bought by the Peranakans in Melaka. Once ago, it was once the family home of the Baba Chan’s family known as Rumah Abu. The design of these houses clearly shows the mixture of culture between the east and the west.

The house was built in 1896, the Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum presents the way of life of the "Peranakans" in Malacca at the end of the 19th century.

Visitors can see the beauty and uniqueness of the Baba-Nyonya traditional costume, antique furniture and wood-work art. The western influence can also be seen clearly from the antique furniture made in Italy, Britain and Dutch. Western influence did not end here as there are many more items in this museum, from Victorian-era chandelier to floor tiles, which is all has its own story to tell. Interesting right??

the Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum in Malacca

the view inside the museum

the Baba and Nyonya traditional costume



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