Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

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Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

The Baba & Nyonya House Museum, also known as the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, is a museum in Malacca, Malaysia. It showcases the local history of ethnic Chinese-Malays called Baba-Nyonya or Peranakan in Malacca. The museum was established in 1986 by Chan Kim Lay, the fourth generation of his family to reside in the large house built by his great-grandfather in 1896 in Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, a street also known as "Millionaire's Row" for its luxurious houses.[1][2][3][4] The museum is known for its elaborate woodwork, furniture, and porcelain.[5]

In 2009, Chinese president Hu Jintao toured the museum during a visit to Malacca.[6]


  1. ^ "Malacca mixed tradition--Peranakan culture." Philippines News Agency/Xinhua, September 13, 2010  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  2. ^ Rina de Silva, "Fading customs of Straits Chinese", New Straits Times, August 21, 2007  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  3. ^ "Leisurely stroll for history lesson", New Straits Times, May 7, 2004  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  4. ^ Hwei-F'en Cheah, "Nonya Beadwork and Contemporary Peranakan Chinese Culture in Singapore and Malaysia", in Marianne Hulsbosch, Elizabeth Bedford, Martha Chaiklin, eds., Asian Material Culture (Amsterdam University Press, 2009), ISBN 978-9089640901, p. 77. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  5. ^ "Beyond Singapore", Sunset, April 1, 1989  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  6. ^ "Hu views Straits of Malacca and visits museum", New Straits Times, November 12, 2009  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  • Lenzi, Iola (2004). Museums of Southeast Asia. Singapore: Archipelago Press. pp. 200 pages. ISBN 981-4068-96-9. 

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