Baba Nyona Heritage Museum is one of the best place in Melaka to learn about Paranakan culture, art history. Paranakan culture is a fusion of Chinese Malay, started in 15th century when Chinese merchant landed in Melaka. A visit to Baba Nyonaya Heritage Museum is a best way to learn about evolution of Paranakan culture in Melaka. It is also one of the best activity and things to do in Melaka.
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Highlights
It is possible to be lost anywhere in the world but a few places. Melaka is one of these. It is not possible for you to mistake when finding Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum in the city. It stands out all other buildings around. It is a place turned into heritage museum since the Chinese-Malay art is found at its peak here. Everything in this heritage museum seems so untouched that you feel like history is alive. The furniture, floor and ceilings; everything is clean and glossy. The local authorities have protected the building quite well and for the same reason, it is one of the best attraction in Melaka.
The architecture of Baba and Nyonya speaks of the lavish lifestyle of Peranakans of the past.
They used to live in big houses and palaces that were erected on East-Western style. Carved windows with balconies speak of the taste of its nineteenth century residents.
The building of the museum is colorful from outside and elegant from within. Today you can see, feel and capture pictures of things and artifacts that were once under the use of kings and rulers alone. You will find Chinese, Dutch as well as other western patterns in the furniture made from rosewood.
The Malaysia, as we know today, is the home of Chinese and Malay ethnicities. The ancient people that originally came to Melaka and adopted the local culture became a blended ethnic group.
The heritage museum that was once residence of rich Chinese arrivals to Malaysia shows how the two cultures blend together.
Colorful Chinese art with white background will catch your eyes and you will not be able to move for a while until you have looked closely the designs and patterns in the carved wood. Yes, Da Vinci was not the only artist!
A few minutes’ walk from Jonker Street, the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum offers you a unique aspect of culture of the Chinese-Malays; the traditional costumes and bridal chambers. There are posters hanging from walls of the museum illustrating foot-binding tradition of Chinese culture. The miniature shoes are placed in the museums. Bet it, you will remember your Cinderella when seeing these shoes. Besides that, you can also see the kitchen items that the nineteenth century Chinese Cinderella used to work with. You will certainly appreciate the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Melaka that has opened windows to the Baba Dan Nyonya past for you.
Visiting Hours of the Museum
The visiting hours of the museum are from 10 am to 12:30 pm and from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is closed on Sundays and public holidays.
For Adults, 8 RM
For Children (5-12 years old), 4 RM
The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
48, 50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock
75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 62831273
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