Arlene House - Kapitan Chung Thye Phin Building

Arlene House - Kapitan Chung Thye Phin Building

Arlene House - Kapitan Chung Thye Phin Building
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArchitectural BuildingsChildren's MuseumsHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Arlene House (aka Kapitan Chung Thye Phin and Phin Kee Chan) was built in 1905 by Kapitan Chung Thye Phin, a prominent Tin miner and last Kapitan China of Perak and Malaya. It was used as the Tin Headquarters & Trading House to manage his vast business activities in Malaya. The building had undergone 10 years of preservation, conservation and restoration works to return to its former glory. As part of its adaptive re-use activities, "Made In Ipoh", a Heritage, History, Culture and Art edutainment Gallery-Museum has been established showcasing the Stories, Life and Legacy of The Last Kapitan Of Malaya and Ipoh - The City That Tin Built. Made In Ipoh is open for Walk-In (un-guided) visits on weekend with admission ticket charges and pre-register private group tours (guided) at prescribed fees announced from time to time on its Facebook pages and Instagram. Arlene House is also open for rental usage for suitable photo/videography works, events and functions.
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  • Nur. A
    Johor Bahru, Malaysia9 contributions
    Satisfied visit
    Worth the visit here. got to know the history of the last Chinese Kapitan of Malaya and the story of ipoh old town. clean and tidy. plus can buy kebaya and souvenirs at the gift shop
    Visited April 2023
    Written 27 April 2023
  • Angela P
    London, United Kingdom59 contributions
    A fabulous museum to visit in Ipoh
    We popped in here to get away from the deluge of rain that fell on Ipoh on our visit thinking it was merely a gift shop - what an amazing discovery we made once inside. We were told it was also a heritage museum with a collection of original memorabilia from the last Kapitan of Perak. We were shown around by one of the lovely guides whose English was perfect (turns out her mum was an English teacher), who brought history alive with her enthusiasm and knowledge. The museum was fascinating and contained so much stuff all beautifully displayed on several floors. If you are visiting Ipoh then don't miss out visiting this heritage museum housed in a beautiful old building.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Kelvin A
    15 contributions
    Hidden historical and architectural treasure that is not to be missed.
    A well curated and presented museum that covers the history of the last Kapitan Cina of Ipoh, the origins of the town’s tin industry, the roles the leaders of Perak, colonialism and recent history of everyday trade and culture. It is worth an hour’s browsing and also lots of nostalgic items from old shops that were saved by the owner. This is a rare chance to see the inside of a period shophouse. And don’t miss the great view of the Art Lane and Birch Memorial clock tower from the top floor! And you’ll learn about why he was assassinated in this museum. For Singaporean visitors- finally many of the names in our own streets and bridges (and history textbooks) come alive.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 January 2024
  • Vicente8
    226 contributions
    Captivating and endearing new museum
    A beautiful historical residence on three floors, restored with taste and passion by a friendly owner, recently opened to the public. The rooms are teeming with objects, documents, videos and anecdotes that give a rich vision of the history and local life during the last century. Entrance is not the cheapest but it is worth it. A place not to be missed in the heart of the old town.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 February 2024
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Destination112525
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
It is a must see for Ipoh. History alive. You learn a lot about Ipohs past over the centuries. Privatly owned. So support and visit the outstanding museum.
Written 14 February 2024
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Vicente8
226 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
A beautiful historical residence on three floors, restored with taste and passion by a friendly owner, recently opened to the public. The rooms are teeming with objects, documents, videos and anecdotes that give a rich vision of the history and local life during the last century. Entrance is not the cheapest but it is worth it. A place not to be missed in the heart of the old town.
Written 7 February 2024
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China14,422 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
This is a notable historic building in downtown Ipoh. Arlene House is now a gallery selling artisan products. There is also a small museum upstairs but admission (25 MYR) is perhaps some of the highest in the area.
Written 21 January 2024
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ByLandAndSeaExplorer
Boulder, CO70 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
The house is beautifully restored and has an interesting collection of items from the early 20th century. The staff is very friendly and has a lot of information if you engage them in a conversation. Well worth a visit.
Written 19 January 2024
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Kelvin A
15 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
A well curated and presented museum that covers the history of the last Kapitan Cina of Ipoh, the origins of the town’s tin industry, the roles the leaders of Perak, colonialism and recent history of everyday trade and culture.

It is worth an hour’s browsing and also lots of nostalgic items from old shops that were saved by the owner.

This is a rare chance to see the inside of a period shophouse. And don’t miss the great view of the Art Lane and Birch Memorial clock tower from the top floor!

And you’ll learn about why he was assassinated in this museum.

For Singaporean visitors- finally many of the names in our own streets and bridges (and history textbooks) come alive.
Written 12 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tourist13494688714
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
I adore the museum's display of traditional clothing and the chung thye phin story, as well as the souvenirs and toys that take me back to my younger years.
Written 25 September 2023
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Culture39735120342
3 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Its a history and heritage museum. its tell about Chung Thye Phin , the last kapitan of malaya. Its a three floors museum where you can enjoy.
Written 13 August 2023
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Angela P
London, UK59 contributions
Jun 2023
We popped in here to get away from the deluge of rain that fell on Ipoh on our visit thinking it was merely a gift shop - what an amazing discovery we made once inside. We were told it was also a heritage museum with a collection of original memorabilia from the last Kapitan of Perak.
We were shown around by one of the lovely guides whose English was perfect (turns out her mum was an English teacher), who brought history alive with her enthusiasm and knowledge.
The museum was fascinating and contained so much stuff all beautifully displayed on several floors.
If you are visiting Ipoh then don't miss out visiting this heritage museum housed in a beautiful old building.
Written 5 August 2023
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maira
8 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
great places to have a beautiful ootd and a must come museum in ipoh! great places to have fun with your friends 🤩
Written 25 July 2023
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pypyqa
5 contributions
May 2023 • Family
such a good museum to visit when u come to ipoh !! my parents also love this museum with the history that they show in the museum.
Written 25 July 2023
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