Baba Nyonya Herritage Museum is one of the major museums situated in Malacca, Malaysia. It is also called Muzium Baba Nyonya in local Malay language. The museum is known for its inlay of intricate designs along with modern woodwork and furniture. It is recommended that one should visit the interior of the museum in order to experience the artistic skills and designs. The woodwork shows its meticulous masterpiece along with artistic designs on other household items. The Thia Abu, Dapur and Thia Besar are some of the delights to explore during the visiting hours of the museum.

Legacy of Baba Nyonya Herritage Museum

The Baba Nyonya Herritage Museum is a world UNESCO site. The museum was established in 1986 by Chan Kim Lay. It was acquired by the Chan family in 1861 as a three terrace lot. Four generations of Chan family lived in the house due to which it is often referred as the House Museum. The term ‘Baba’ in the name of Baba Nyonya Herritage Museum denotes addressing straits born gentlemen with honor while the term ‘Nyonya’ denotes addressing straits born lady with honor.

Baba Nyonya Herritage Museum

Baba Nyonya Herritage Museum

The Museum was established in 1986 by Chan Kim Lay whose great grandfather established the house in Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock also known as the ‘millionaire row’ in Malacca, Malaysia. The jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock street has some of the luxurious houses in the whole city. The house museum shows some of the historic artifacts from late 19 century to early 20th century. Tourists often visit the Baba Nyonya Herritage Museum to witness its cultural richness and traditional ethics. Some of its notable visitor include Chinese President Hu Jintau who toured the museum in 2009 and acknowledged it’s beautiful interiors.

Baba Nyonya Herritage Museum

Baba Nyonya Herritage Museum

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Tourists primarily visit Baba Nyonya Herritage Museum to view its exquisite Reception Hall which displays Tall Panels of Chinese origins with silk embroidery fill. These panels signify the relevance of Peranakam – Chinese society. Moreover, the women of the house were never allowed in the reception hall though they could enter a dark chamber to peek through holes of the screen. These dark chambers were termed as Thia Gelap or Dark Hall.

One of the interesting places in the Baba Nyonya Herritage Museum is the Dapur or the kitchen where the most of the women in the house used to chat and speak about their day to day lifestyle. The Chung Po or the chef used to prepare dishes for their families.

Planning to head down to Baba Nyonya Herritage Museum, Malacca? 

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What is the best time to explore Baba Nyonya Herritage Museum? The visiting hours are 10 AM to 1 PM & 2PM to 5PM

How to get to Baba Nyonya Herritage Museum? Buses drop off at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock street neat the museum.

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Address : Baba Nyonya Herritage Museum, Malacca No. 48 & 50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock 
75200 Melaka, Malaysia