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Malay Heritage Centre

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Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501, Singapore
Phone Number: 65 63910450
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Just a cultural museum

It's just a cultural museum on the native Malays of Singapore. If you are not interested in them, then don't go. There's nothing else here other than Malay background

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

It's just a cultural museum on the native Malays of Singapore. If you are not interested in them, then don't go. There's nothing else here other than Malay background

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Gerringong, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I found this interesting in that it explained some of the early history of Singapore when it was still part of Malaya.Tthere is heaps of information about different aspects of the Malay life in Singapore. Entrance fee was very reasonable

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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

This is housed in the Istana, the old Sultan's Palace. You can do a free guided tour, which I highly recommend. Our guide, Tang Siew ? (sorry, I have forgotten her other name) was excellent. She is also a volunteer guide at the Peranakan Museum. The staff are really welcoming, the cost is very reasonable. $S4 for adults and they... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This museum is for those who want to get beyond ‘the founder of Singapore’, Sir Stamford Raffles and his landing in Singapore in 1819. The exhibits are beautifully and effectively presented. Underlying our enjoyment of the Malay Heritage Centre was the spacious nature of the rooms and the seats which were thoughtfully provided throughout the building. This is good as... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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1,482 reviews 1,482 reviews
915 attraction reviews
894 helpful votes 894 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is definitely one of the more attractive buildings in this area and is well worth a stop to take a photo or 2. If you're a PR or citizen then entrance into the museum is free, and it's certainly time well spent to have a look inside (and the air-conditioning works very well!) Foreigners pay $4 to go inside.... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 via mobile

The building and park-like grounds are exceptionally well restored. (A massive undertaking once you consider the condition this place was in until its recent restoration). The museum, located on two floors of what was once the residence of the Sultan, is well laid out with easy to follow exhibits, following a concise timeline. Several of the exhibits are interactive (virtual... More 

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Mildenhall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This beautifully renovated building is a good place to find out about the history of Singapore and its roots in what used to be Malaya. The grounds are also beautifully kept and nice to walk round on a hot day. As with many places it is such fun to see the 'No Durian' sign outside.

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Amarillo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I think you'll like this because it is a well-kept, simply-designed facility that highlights the historical contributions of Singapore's Malay community. It's family friendly, and the surrounding grounds are beautiful. It even has some interactive exhibits. If you're exploring the Kampong Glam district, take a break from the heat and humidity while learning something about Malay culture.

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Singapore
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is a long overdue. I promised myself to give this review because of the excellent guide that gave us impromptu tour during our visit last month. His name is Hafiz (pardon me if the spelling is wrong). So before my review on the museum, I want to say a big thank you to him. The museum, it explained the... More 

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This was a great little museum. I managed to score a guided tour with about 5 other people and I highly recommend it. Our tour guide was Mae who was friendly, funny and very informative. A great way to spend an hour!

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Staying in Kampong Glam

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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.