Lonely Planet review
You’ve got to prebook a visit to the Baba House, but the one-hour guided tour of this pre-war terrace house built in the elaborate Peranakan style is one of Singapore's best.
Built in the 1890s and formerly home to shipping tycoon Wee Bin, the house was donated to the National University of Singapore. A two-year restoration was completed in September 2008. Every detail, from the carved motifs on the blue facade of the building down to the door screens, has been attended to. The house is a living museum and is furnished as it was in the 1920s. Knowledgeable tour guides weave tales of Peranakan life with every detail: secret peepholes behind screens allowed shy Nonya ladies to spy on visitors in the central hall.
The no-photos-and-video policy is a little draconian but is enforced with the intention of creating a mysterious allure to the place.