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NUS Baba House
Ranked #123 of 804 things to do in Singapore
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Owner description: An architectural icon and Singapore's first heritage house, the NUS Baba House showcases the interior of a Peranakan family home in the 1920s. Heritage Tours are held four times a week and are about an hour each. Tours are limited to 13 participants per session and advanced booking is required. Tours are offered on: Mondays - 2pm Tuesdays - 2pm & 6.30pm Thursdays - 10am Saturdays - 11am
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Worth the search!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

We booked a tour having read about it in the Rough Guide and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It's not the easiest place in Singapore to find as it's a bit out of the way and even the taxi drivers don't seem to have heard of it, but once there it's time well spent.

Tours are by appointment only and are at different times each day, which could be a problem, however looking on the bright side that means that you have a choice of morning, afternoon or early evening. Our guide was first class and was able to answer all our questions and the house itself was beautifully presented.

A possible improvement? - we would have liked to have been able to buy a booklet containing photographs (photography inside the Baba House is forbidden) and at least some of the information our guide gave us. As it is we remember bits and pieces of the history of the house but I know from bitter experience that in 12 months time my memories will be distressingly vague!

Visited January 2014
4 Thank Nicola S
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Peranakan Culture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

This is a "by appointment only" museum but I had no problem contacting them by e-mail before my trip to arrange a visit. The house itself is a little out of the normal tourist traffic routes but an easy walk from Chinatown and worth it. The guides are from the University and very knowledgeable, with lots of interesting facts about Peranakan daily life.

Visited February 2014
2 Thank Mandy B
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Another excellent museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

This museum is another of the interesting museums showing the history and development of Singapore. You need to book in advance as they'd only take small groups of about 15. The tour times seem to vary from tour book to book. The guide was extremely knowledgable and her passion for the place was very evident. We went on the 6.30pm tour and then wandered down the road to Maxwell Hawker Centre for dinner. The museum itself is over three stories and you can get an excellent picture of how the family lived. It has been excellently restored.

Visited February 2014
3 Thank Kerog
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Chicago, Illinois
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“A good tour, combine with visit to Chinatown.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

Free tour which requires advance booking. Very interesting look at the lifestyle of the elite Peranakans. Take the tour and then wander into Chinatown for lunch at the Maxwell Street Hawker (Tian Tian booth).

Visited January 2014
6 Thank Chicago999
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A fascinating home to visit and learn of the Peranakan Culture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

Our tour (free) was a very small group with an knowledgeable, attentive guide.
It was an extremely hot and humid day but the walk to it was well worth it.
It helped us understand part of the history of the multicultural development of this special city.
You need to book in advance.

Visited November 2013
5 Thank Jean-Pierre C
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