A heritage house belonging to the Chan Family is one of the finest art displays in Melaka/Malacca. Displaying the Melaka/Malaccan culture, the house in which he exhibit runs is also a delight to art lovers.
Constructed a century ago, this house is a reflection of the chinses-Malay community. Spanned over three terrace lots this house was the abode of the family for four generations. The eclectic taste of Baba Chan Cheng Siew the maker of this lovely home flaunts the richness of culture in Pre-World war II homes of the Peranakan community.
House No. 48 & 50 was used as the main homestead, while house No.52 was the servants quarters. The interior decor of the house gives many clues to Dutch, Portuguese, Malay, and Colonial influences that make a Straits-born home unique. Lavish Blackwood furniture from China, inlaid with mother of pearl and marble, greet visitors in the formal reception hall.
Set above them are 5-meter high silk embroidery of Chinese symbolism. A unique set of stairs made of solid cenggal wood leads to the second floor. With its intricately woven gold-leaf carvings adorning the back portion, this staircase is reputed to be the first of its kind seen in South East Asia.
Customized sinks with Chan Cheng Siew’s initials are seen in the different rooms of the house. These are just some of the distinctive features that guests experience when visiting the house. The Thia Besar- reception hall, Dapur- Kitchen, Thia Abu- Ancestral hall will enthrall the visitors with its intricate design and collection. The museum is still owned and run by the Family.
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Travel Tips
- Online booking is available.
Entrance Ticket Details For Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
- Children have an entry fee of RM 10.
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Hours
- Daily tours are conducted from 10:00 am-01:00 pm and 02:00 pm-05:00 pm.
How to Reach Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
- Hired Taxi
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94.22% of people who visit Melaka include Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
48.39% of people start their Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
64.09% of people prefer walking in order to reach Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Reviews & Ratings
Beautiful and well maintained Baba Nyonya Museum - worth visiting. Our guide was great in explaining the history as well as the culture of it. There's an option for a self guided tour with a handbook if you'd like to take your time understanding the culture. House is centuries old but still holding up!
Great visit. We didn't have a guide and enjoyed exploring the house on our own in our own time! Friendly staff, self explanatory guide book offered, nice clean loo, good area with nice restaurants nearby. Don't miss the chicken rice ball.
A very nice and special hotel inside the old town. It’s like an old house that I don’t dare to touch too hard to anything inside the room. The hotel is not allow you to smoke inside. They provide breakfast, and in the morning after you awake and ask, they will give you a small box of food, inside is fried noodles or so.
Baba-Nonya Heritage Museum is an interesting place on two levels. They did very well with the conservation of the place; everything was set up like it hasn’t changed for a century. This house belongs to a wealthy Baba Nyonya family. Besides gaining insights to the culture and unique lifestyle of their family, you’ll also get to know the family portraits and the furniture. You need to ring and gain access to the museum. Then you’ll need to wait for the group tour to begin in order to get all the interesting facts and stories from a guide. Photography is not allowed. You are also welcomed to buy original and cheap handicrafts. The museum is open 7 days a week and the entrance fee is RM15 per adult and RM10 per child.
the tour was alright. there were two guides, we got the older lady who mumbled/spoke rather fast. we preferred the younger lady who had clear, strong voice, and spoke at a slower speed (perfect for non-native english speakers). the tour took about 45 minutes, and was very informative. highly recommended, as the tour price is great bang for buck.