Penang Peranakan Mansion

Georgetown Attractions

Penang Peranakan Mansion is Penang’s way of introducing people to the historical Peranakan culture. A recreation of a typical rich 19th century Baba home, the elegantly restored museum is a testament to the Baba-Nyonya cultural revival and displays over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles.

Housed in one of Penang’s heritage mansions, it is truly an ornate sight to behold. Built at the end of the 19th century, inside the Penang Peranakan Mansion you’ll find an eclectic mix of English tiles, Scottish ironworks and continental European art and furniture as well as Chinese carved-wood panels. Besides the traditionally crafted memorabilia, antiques, and artefacts filling up the space be sure to check out the elaborate screen doors and mother-of-pearl furniture with beautiful carvings.

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A beautiful intermingling of different antiques and artefacts, the Penang Peranakan Mansion was once the residence and office of Kapitan Cina Chung Keng Kwee. Also known as the Hai Kee Chan (Sea of Remembrance Store), the mansion’s previous owner was not a Baba, but he was a merchant, secret society leader and all-round community pillar.

Fashioned in classic Straits Chinese style, after decades of neglect and decay, The Chinese courtyard house has been restored to its former glory. Free guided tours take place at 11:30 and 15:30 or you can call ahead (only for groups of five). Also check out the exhibition on Nyonya customs.

Penang Peranakan Mansion

  • Opening Hours: 09:30 – 17:00 Monday – Saturday
  • Address: 29 Lebuh Gereja, Georgetown 
  • Tel: +604 264 2929
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