Level 1 Gallery



The ground floor explores the theme “Origins”. Here, visitors will be introduced to the crafts and material culture of the Malay-Indonesian world, before exploring the routes of trade and migration that brought other communities to the region – the blending of their heritage with the Malay-Indonesian cultures gave rise to the Peranakan and evolution of Peranakan communities. One highlight of the Origins gallery are the hundreds of photographs of past and present-day Peranakans, contributed by the communities, illustrating the diversity and richness of Peranakan cultural heritage. This gallery also features video interviews where respondents share their thoughts and reflections on what “Peranakan” means to them.