Chinatown, Singapore




Singapore Coin and Notes Museum
2 Trengganu Street, Level 3 (across Chinatown Heritage Centre). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission: SGD10 for adults and SGD6 for children
A small museum tucked away across the Chinatown Heritage Centre. The entrance is well-hidden but generally marked out by non-descript display cases. Managed by the Singapore Mint, it features local currency, commerative coins, a history of coinage, and the coin-making process. Not exactly a must-see, but a nice little distraction if you're in the area.
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Red Dot Design Museum
28 Maxwell Road. Opening: Fri-Tue from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wed-Thu closed. Admission: SGD for adults and SGD for children
Formerly Singapore's traffic police HQ but now a design centre, painted firehouse red with a museum devoted to contemporary design.

Chinatown Heritage Centre
48 Pagoda St. Opening: daily from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission SGD10 for adults and SGD6 for children.
An excellent museum chronicling how Chinatown came to be and the lives of the early Chinese immigrants  who lived here. The centre is on the left if you walk straight from the Pagoda Street exit of Chinatown MRT Station.

Chinatown Heritage Centre by Sengkang

Baba House
157 Neil Road.
By appointment only. Admission: free
Located at the fringes of Chinatown among a row of shophouses. The Baba House is a showcase of Peranakan (Baba) culture and history in Singapore. The Babas were the earlier Chinese immigrants who settled in the region in the 15th and 16th century and were the elites of Singapore. Exhibits include display of traditional furnishings typical of Straits Chinese households. The house has a distinctive green exterior.

Baba House by alcuin

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