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TPM: Amek Gambar (Taking Pictures) - Peranakans and Photography

The invention of photography in 1839 led to a revolutionary way of understanding and seeing the world. By 1841 the technology had arrived in Singapore, and gradually spread throughout Southeast Asia. The Peranakan community was among the earliest resident groups to be photographed. The first images of babas and nyonyas that survive were taken in about 1857.

Peranakans were quick to exploit the potential of the new visual form. From ritual spaces to personal albums, from intimate lockets to social media, the presence of the photographic image in Peranakan cultural life in the last 160 years reveals the typically diverse ways an old community has grappled with this visual medium in expressing identity, tradition, locality, modernity, nationality, and art.

The exhibition includes studio and amateur photographs of Peranakans across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Myanmar. In celebration of a donation by Mr and Mrs Lee Kip Lee of more than 2,500 photographs to the Peranakan Museum, this exhibition explores the multifaceted role of photography in the lives of Peranakans.

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  • Free admission for infant in arms and child aged below 7 years old.
  • Child 7 years old and above must purchase ticket for admission.

Photography / Video Recording Rules

  • No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is allowed for this event

Through SISTIC Website, Hotline, Authorised Agents & TPM Ticketing Counter
S$8.00 for Non-Singaporean Student and Senior Citizen (Age 60 & above)

Through SISTIC Authorised Agents & TPM Ticketing Counter
S$10.70 for SIA Boarding Pass
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Through TPM Ticketing Counter Only
S$5.50 for Travel Agent Adult

S$3.50 for Travel Agent Student and Senior citizen (age 60 & sbove)

Event Date
Sat, 5 May - Sun, 24 Mar 2019

Daily: 10am - 7pm
Friday: 10am - 9pm

Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

S$12 (Non Singaporean Adult)
S$4 (Singapore /  PR Adult)