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Meaning "locally born" in Malay, Peranakan refers to the descendants of Chinese traders and local Malay or Indonesian women, as well as the descendants of the Chitty Melaka (South Indian Hindus married to local Malay women) and Jawi Peranakans (South Indian Muslims married to local Malays). The hybrid Peranakan culture is uniquely Singaporean. This well-designed boutique museum is in a gorgeous three-story colonial building from 1912, the former Tao Nan Chinese School. Boasting one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Peranakan objects in the world, visitors can learn about the Peranakan communities in the former Straits Settlements of Singapore, Malacca, and Penang through exhibits of jewelry, porcelain, clothes, typical home furnishings, photographs, and more.