If you are wondering how to get to Peranakan Museum by MRT get ready to read the complete guide right here! We have written this article to make your trip fast, efficient and affordable based on our experience visiting the Peranakan Museum.
One of the cool things about visiting Singapore is that you can take the MRT pretty much everywhere. This includes right after you and land at Changi Airport. Simply take the MRT right into the city center and then navigate your way to various attractions using the extensive system. Fortunately, Peranakan Museum is conveniently serviced by MRT. Therefore, you can save time and money by avoiding traffic, taxis and parking expenses by following the specific steps that we outline in this article.
Another thing that you have to closely consider before taking the MRT in Singapore is where your hotel is located. When you book a room near an MRT Station this sets the stage for an affordable and efficient trip to the city. You can easily access Peranakan Museum and other major attractions without any stress while maintaining a healthy budget for your trip.
Why should you visit Peranakan Museum?
The Peranakan Museum in Singapore displays the world’s finest and most comprehensive collection of Peranakan objects and exhibits to showcase Peranakan culture. It is the first of its kind in the world. This impressive museum features galleries on three floors which invite you to step into the culture and way of living of the Peranakans and immerse yourself in this unique Southeast Asian culture.
To read more about Peranakan culture, check out this comprehensive article. But in short, Peranakans are considered to be a “sub-ethnic group defined by their genealogical descent from the first waves of Chinese settlers in the Malay Peninsula and Indonesian Archipelago.” If you have visited interesting places such as Penang or Malacca then you might be a bit familiar with this way of living.
The Peranakan Museum officially opened on April 25th, 2008. Ever since it has been welcoming tons of visitors. It features ten permanent galleries on three levels. The galleries focus on different aspects of Peranakan culture and their unique way of living.
You might also be delighted to hear that Peranakan Museum is well serviced by MRT stations and is within walking distance to popular hotels such as The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore (5-star, 9.3/10 review score). You can explore various other museums within walking distance of the Peranakan Museum during the same day.
Getting to Peranakan Museum using the MRT
Step 1: Find a station and buy a ticket.
Once your hotel is taken care of and you are at an MRT station it is time to purchase a ticket to reach the Peranakan Museum. Fortunately, there are a few different types of tickets that you can choose from to suit your own personal travel preferences.
The type of MRT ticket that you purchased to the Peranakan Museum really depends on how long you will be in Singapore and how frequently you plan on using public transportation.
Types of MRT Tickets in Singapore
- Single trip tickets
- Stored value cards
- Singapore Tourist Passes
We recommend reading our complete guide on how to buy MRT tickets in Singapore for specific information about these. But in general, single trip tickets are the best option if you are only going to use the MRT a few times. These can be purchased right in the first station that you enter on your way to the Peranakan Museum.
When we were first discovering how to get to Peranakan Museum by MRT we didn’t use a single journey ticket. Alternatively, we used a type of stored-value card known as an ‘EZlink card’. We purchased one, topped it up with cash and then used it to enter and exit each station. Highly consider one of these if you are staying in Singapore for more than a few days.
The third option is buying a Singapore Tourist Pass. Learn more about tourist passes by reading our comprehensive guide. They are popular and cost-effective, but you have to be planning on seeing a lot of sights over a short period of time.
Step 2: Plan your trip to Bras Basah or City Hall Station.
There are many different MRT stations that can be used to access the Peranakan Museum. However, the two most convenient ones are Bras Basah Station and City Hall Station.
Both of these stations are located on different MRT lines, which gives you more flexibility on how to get to the Peranakan Museum.
Bras Basah Station is located on the Circle Line which is shown in orange colour on the MRT Map.
City Hall Station is actually part of two different MRT lines:
North-South Line (red)
East-West Line (green)
When you are in the first station be sure to look at the train map. Check to see if you will require a transfer on your way to the Peranakan Museum.
Step 3: Ride the MRT to Bras Basah or City Hall Station.
As mentioned before you can access the Peranakan Museum by either taking the Circle, North-South or East-West Line. Once you are on the train en route to the Peranakan Museum be sure to look at the signs above the exit doors on the train. These are designed to inform you where you are on a specific line.
Furthermore, be prepared to hear verbal announcements being made. These are designed to ensure that you do not miss your station. Familiarize yourself with the adjacent stations to the one that you want to get off at.
Step 4: Alight at Bras Basah or City Hall and walk to Peranakan Museum
Alight at Bras Basah Station or City Hall Station on your way to the Peranakan Museum.
Don’t forget your belongings.
We will describe how to get from each one of these stations to the Peranakan Museum below.
Walking from Bras Basah Station to Peranakan Museum
The Peranakan Museum is geographically southwest of Bras Basah Station.
Take either Exit B or Exit C to walk from Bras Basah Station to Peranakan Museum.
Walk south along Queen Street and the Museum will be on your right. The walking distance from Bras Basah Station to Peranakan Museum is about 350 meters and this should take you 4 minutes.
Walking from City Hall Station to Peranakan Museum
The Peranakan Museum is geographically northwest of City Hall Station.
Take Exit A or Exit B to walk from City Hall Station to Peranakan Museum.
The walking distance from City Hall Station to Peranakan Museum is about 450 meters and this should take you 4-5 minutes along Stamford Road.
Is it a smart idea to stay near the Peranakan Museum while in Singapore?
The Peranakan Museum is nicely located in one of Singapore’s most popular ‘museum zones’. It is situated beside Fort Canning Park and south of Orchard Road. The Museum is also within walking distance of Marina Bay to the South. Consequently, if you can find a room near Peranakan Museum you will be in a convenient, centralized spot for sightseeing in Singapore.
Most of the best hotels around the Peranakan Museum are around City Hall Station. Therefore, we recommend staying close to the station if you have the choice. Some of the best properties in this area include:
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore (5-star, 9.3/10 review score)
Swissotel The Stamford (5-star, 9/10 review score)
Grand Park City Hall (5-star, 8.8/10 review score)
Fairmont Singapore (5-star, 9/10 review score)
Note that we are not a direct partner of any of these properties. Also, keep in mind that the review scores stated above are taken at the time of writing from leading accommodation websites. Therefore, they are subject to change over time. As you can see all of these properties are very highly rated. This suggests that they are well-managed properties and liked by most guests.
You can walk to the Peranakan Museum from any of these hotels in 5-minutes or less.
More questions about getting to the Peranakan Museum?
This complete guide on how to get to Peranakan Museum by MRT has been designed to make your trip fast and easy. If you do require more information please don’t hesitate to send us an email. We would be more than happy to help you out in any way that we can.
Also, take note that Bras Basah and City Hall are not the only stations that can be used to access the Peranakan Museum. For example, it’s also possible to walk from Esplanade or Bencoolen Station as well. Just expect it to take you about 4-5 minutes longer.
Consider checking out some of the other museums and attractions in this area of Singapore. There are lots of points of interest within walking distance of the Peranakan Museum. Try to visit The Battlebox, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum and MINT Museum of Toys during the same day if possible. This is one of the best areas for creating a museum itinerary because you can just walk from one museum to the next!
Other areas such as Marina Bay and Chinatown are also close by. Simply hop on the train and you will be in other interesting areas in no time at all!!