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Malay Heritage Centre

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Kampong Glam
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Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501, Singapore
Phone Number: 65 63910450
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Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Officially re-opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in September...

Officially re-opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in September 2012, the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) showcases the history, culture and contributions of the Malay community within the context of Singapore's history and multi-cultural society. MHC's permanent galleries focus on the history of Kampong Gelam and showcase an interesting collecting of artefacts from the National Collection and the Malay community. Through its exhibitions and programmes, the centre aspires to be a vibrant destination of historical and cultural significance for both Singaporeans and international visitors. MHC is under the management of theNational Heritage Board in partnership with The Malay Heritage Foundation.

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Good for some history

This gave my teen and I an interesting cultural background to some of Singapore's history. It is small but well set out and also in an interesting part of town. Probably more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
Canberra, Australia

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this place in August this year (on Singapore's national day), shortly after the centre had been officially opened. Admission was free that day, but it currently costs $4 per adult, which by Singapore standards, is really inexpensive. The centre is new, and the premises are clean and air-conditioned. Being a Singaporean, I found some of the exhibits interesting... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This gave my teen and I an interesting cultural background to some of Singapore's history. It is small but well set out and also in an interesting part of town. Probably more interesting that the National Museum in that its a bit less crowded and a bit more interactive.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

short visit but quite meaningful to follow the malay heritage. we are not different malay on Malaysia or Singapore. we are from the same root.

Thank Zilah H
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Converted palace takes you through the history of Malaysia and Singapore. Some of the exhibits are very interesting. Worth a visit of 60 or 90 minutes.

Thank Mark G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

I visited on a public holiday and was fortunate to be able to witness their interactive (or dramatisation) tour of the history of the Malay Singaporeans. I do not know whether the actors and actresses were students but they were pretty good. The whole presentation was wonderfully done. It was wonderful to learn about their Malay history in a narrative... More 

Thank Yarril
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Located in Kampong Glam this small museum has exhibits about the culture, heritage and history of Malay Singaporeans. Housed in the former Sultan's Palace. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum shop and a good place to pick up maps and information from the staff. You have to remove your footwear when you visit the museum, but socks are allowed..

Thank Swisshen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

I had an enjoyable wander around the Malay Heritage Centre. Staff are friendly and helpful. I learned a lot I didn't already know and after my visit I walked around the area taking photos. This is a small but worthwhile Heritage Centre to visit if you have the time.

Thank Avanti50
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Visited on a day when lots of school kids did too!!! Great to see them being right at home, it did make it difficult to view some of the exhibits. This was on a small scale, but very interesting. The helpers in the foyer were so fantastic and gave us so much information. The gardens are kept nicely and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

excellent museum in the old sultans palace. Good displays with a moderate amount of clear information

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is a small museum inside what was once a royal palace. The house is quite pleasant, the grounds are nice and the exhibition is interesting. Everything's quite small scale and nothing's particularly spectacular, but it gives a nice insight into Singapore's history.

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Kampong Glam
This traditionally Malay enclave of Singapore offers an alluring array of shops, cafes, and bars. A walk down Haji Lane offers quirky shopping, while one block over, Arab Street is a treasure trove of brightly colored fabrics, clothing, and Turkish rugs. Stop for a leisurely coffee or cocktail and watch local kids play traditional games along the lane. Also home to the Malay Heritage Center and one of Singapore’s most prominent mosques (Sultan Mosque), Kampong Glam is a must-visit for a tantalizing taste of Malay life in this city.
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