The Casababa Gallery situated along the “Millionaires’ Row” of historical Heeren Street of Malacca (now Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock). Casababa Gallery is a Peranakan Culture House where one can relive and experience the domestic settings and lifestyle of wealthy Peranakan families during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Throughout the entire visit to Casababa Gallery, we had a remarkable tour guide to briefly take us through the gallery. In the upper floor of the gallery, re-enactment of the olden day Baba Nyonya house is presented in an array of mixed furniture which has their unique purpose during the old times. The gallery is distributed in three main areas, which includes the living hall, 2nd hall and bridal room.
The living hall in the Casababa Gallery has an array of furniture for different but specific purpose. For entertaining guests, a space with round table and heavy solid wood chairs are presented for a more formal gathering; for leisure or smoking, a sofa-like chair at the side of the hall are fabricated.
In the 2nd hall, we noticed a custom made table for the game of Cherki played, by the Baba Nyonyas during their leisure time. In the olden days, the Nyonyas would gather around the Cherki table to gossip, snack, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. In the bridal room, the well preserved Victorian and Eastern styled bedding furniture are presented to visitors.
For one to actualize the feel of being a Baba Nyonya during the old days, they must try on the cultural costumes readied by Casababa Gallery. Vintage curios settings such as a trishaw, bridal container rickshaw, photo props add the comical and unusual for photo taking.
The ground floor of the Casababa Gallery features an audio visual auditorium for a short introductory documentary about the history and culture of Straits-born Chinese, the Baba Nyonas.
Friendly tour guides are available to take one through this marvelous culture unique to Melaka.
|Monday||10:00 am - 6:00 pm|
|Tuesday||10:00 am - 6:00 pm|
|Wednesday||Closed on Wednesday|
|Thursday||10:00 am - 6:00 pm|
|Friday||10:00 am - 6:00 pm|
|Saturday||10:00 am - 6:00 pm|
|Sunday||10:00 am - 6:00 pm|