Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum

Top choice in Melaka City

Touring this traditional Baba-Nonya (Peranakan) townhouse transports you to a time when women peered at guests through decorative partitions and every social situation had its specific location within the house. Built in 1659 by Dutch settlers, it was thoroughly rebuilt by Mr Chan, owner of a rubber plantation, in 1896. It's now owned by the seventh generation of the Chan family.

Guided tours start every 30 minutes to one hour, last 45 minutes and impart lots of information in an entertaining fashion; alternatively, it's possible to take a self-guided audiotour. The last tour of the day is 45 minutes before closing time.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Melaka City attractions

1. 8 Heeren Street

0.09 MILES

This 18th-century, Dutch-period residential house was restored as a model conservation project. A guide is on hand to explain the features and history…

2. Jonker Walk World Heritage Park


Take a break from Chinatown's bustle in this tiny park dominated by the vastly exaggerated muscleman statue of Dr Gan Boon Leong, the founding father of…

3. Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple

0.11 MILES

One of the first Hindu temples built in Malaysia, this temple was constructed in 1781 on a plot donated by the religiously tolerant Dutch and dedicated to…

4. Masjid Kampung Kling

0.12 MILES

Originally dating back to 1748, the 19th-century rebuild of the mosque you see today mingles several styles. Its multi-tiered meru roof (a stacked form…

5. Hang Kasturi's Tomb

0.12 MILES

This mausoleum off Jonker St pays homage to famous warrior Hang Kasturi, even though there is no historical evidence that this is actually his final…

6. Cheng Ho Cultural Museum

0.14 MILES

The impressive exploits of Chinese-Muslim seafarer Cheng Ho (Zheng He) are celebrated through this museum's dioramas and maritime miscellany. The Ming…

7. Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

0.14 MILES

Malaysia's oldest still-operating Chinese temple, constructed in 1673, remains a central place of worship for the Buddhist and Taoist communities here. It…

8. Melaka Malay Sultanate Water Wheel

0.15 MILES

In 2006, work on the Menara Taming Sari revolving tower uncovered another part of the city's fortress walls. The revolving tower was relocated further…