Visiting the Ba Niang Yo Cultural Museum can take many pictures. The cultural museum is full of exhibitions about native Chinese in Penang. There is a chance to see the jewelry of China in the early twentieth century. Before the cultural museum, there was a house of a wealthy Chinese family, full of Chinese culture.
To some extent, the culture of Babaniangya Cultural Museum is influenced by local Malays or other non-Chinese ethnic groups. This whole row of old houses on Chen Zhenlu Road in Malacca is a typical residence of Ba Niang Yo. Its design style combines Chinese, Dutch and British Victorian characteristics.
Peranakan beaded slippers, also known as kasot manek, literally meaning shoe beads, is a type of shoe that dates back to the early twentieth century. It refers to beaded slippers worn by a nyonya to complete her Sarong Kebaya outfit, together with chained brooches (kerosang) and a silver belt (tali pendeng). The slippers are made of Peranakan cut beads (manek potong), which are treasured as these beads are no longer available. Vintage kasot manek are intricate and finely stitched, a testimony to the fine workmanship of yesteryears. The intricacy and fine workmanship of a pair of beaded slipper is also a hallmark of highly accomplished Peranakan women, also known as nyonyas, whose skills in embroidery and beadwork are highly valued.
The Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum is a private museum run by descendants of a Straits-Chinese family that had once lived in the building on Heeren Street. The traditional mid-19th century house exhibits the heritage and culture of Straits-Chinese (or Peranakans) who are descendants of Chinese traders settled down in Penang, Malacca and Singapore in the 19th century and early 20th century, many of whom had adopted much of the Malay culture into theirs. The Peranakan men and women are known as Baba and Nyonya respectively.
This place is an absolute gem! Getting to walk through this beautiful example of a Peranakan home was really cool. It's interesting to see all the different partitions that women would have to stay behind when guests were over-- it really gives you insight to that time period. The museum has lots of great pieces and the caretaker was really knowledgable about Baba-Nonya culture.
What I loved about this place was how the tour guide brought us on a journey of how the Baba Nyonya's used to live in Malacca. It was interesting. From how they spent their days, how they courted, and so on and so forth. It's definitely a place you MUST check out even if you're not that interested in history.