The Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum is a living museum located in Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, a street adjacent to the Jonker Walk. Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock also known as the Millionaire’s Row in Melaka. Established in 1896, the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum was once the family home of the Baba Chan family known as Rumah Abu. Having been around for more than 100 years, this heritage building was built during the Dutch occupancy and later bought over by the Baba Chan family.
Baba and Nyonya, also known as Peranakan or Straits Chinese, are the descendants of noble Chinese who migrated to the British Straits Settlements of Malacca and adopted the local Malay culture. This unique blend of cultures is born after the intermarriages between the Chinese immigrants and the local Malay. The Peranakan no longer speak the dialect of their ancestors but a language of their own, known as Baba Malay – a Malay patois consists of many Hokkien words. Baba is the term used for the Peranakan male while Nyoya is used for the Peranakan female.
The Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum illustrates the way of living of the Peranakans at the end of the 19th century, a unique blend of the east and the west. The design of this heritage building is influenced by the various European architecture such as the Victorian era chandeliers and floor tiles, with the building mainly framed by heavy Roman columns. The front area of the interior of the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum leads into an open courtyard where sunshine streams into the house on sunny days and raindrops patter during the rainy season. The interior of the house is complemented with a number of priceless antique furniture made in Italy, Britain and Dutch. made of finely carved hardwood. There are also finely carved furniture featuring wonderful classic Chinese work of art.
The Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum exhibits an archive of beautiful traditional Baba and Nyonya costumes and a unique bridal chamber. There is also black and white photo exhibits the Chinese tradition of foot-binding which was common among girls of Peranakan. You can also find the beautifully crafted and intricately designed miniature shoes. The family kitchen in the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum showcase various cooking utensils and several unique kitchen equipments such as the ancient ice-cream maker and stone grinder that makes the delicious sambal.
The Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum also offers guided tours (by appointment), research facilities and audio visuals.
Address: 50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka
GPS Coordinate: N 2.195529, E 102.246604
Open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.
Adult – RM8.00
Child (5 – 12 years old) – RM4.00
Cameras and video cameras are prohibited in the museum.
Tel: 06 – 2831273