NUS Baba House was once the ancestral home of a Straits Chinese family. Built in the 1890s, the home situated at 157 Neil Road is a residential terrace house located in the Residential Historic District of Blair Plain. The house and the surrounding area was gazetted for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, in 1991. It is now conceived as a heritage house for studying evolving perspectives on the Straits Chinese. The third story has been transformed into a gallery for exhibitions exploring cultural encounters, social histories and the conservation of built heritage.
NUS Baba House: Architecture and Artefacts of a Straits Chinese Home, is a reference to the myriad features that a visitor encounters while exploring this turn of the 20th century heritage townhouse.
With over 250 images accompanied by descriptive text, the reader learns of stories from Chinese folklore that are intricately carved on wooden screens, the values conveyed by calligraphic inscriptions on the walls, and the traditions and memories embedded in a diverse selection of artefacts. A personal touch is included with snippets from the lives of Wee family members for whom the house was an ancestral home.