Singapore’s fascinating Peranakan Museum, housed in a former Colonial boys’ school, explores the culture of descendants of Chinese and Indian Colonial traders who married indigenous women. The Malay term “peranakan,” which means “locally born,” also refers to other communities that developed in Southeast Asia. The Peranakan Chinese are descendants of Chinese traders who settled in Malacca and around the coastal areas of Java and Sumatra as early as the 14th century. In the 19th century, the Peranakan Chinese migrated to the ports of Penang and Singapore. The museum’s permanent exhibit includes artifacts from the traditional, elaborate Peranakan wedding ceremony. It has three event spaces.
The MINT Museum of Toys in Singapore showcases part of one of the world’s largest toy collections, at 50,000 pieces with the oldest dating to 1840. Raggedy Ann, Mickey Mouse, Kewpie dolls, robots, rockets, and Star Wars all are represented. There’s a top-floor wine bar and main-level café.
Host a reception, three-course dinner, or small meeting in motion on the Singapore Flyer, a giant observation wheel with bird’s-eye views over the city and sea. Each enclosed, air-conditioned capsule holds 28 passengers and includes audiovisual hookups and presentation screens.