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Malay Heritage Centre

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

Officially re-opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in September 2012,...

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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Lovely little museum

A small but interesting collection providing an insight into the Malay heritage in Singapore. If you are in the area I would recommend going through the Centre.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A small but interesting collection providing an insight into the Malay heritage in Singapore. If you are in the area I would recommend going through the Centre.

Thank Rajan65
Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

This place is small and there's no much thing here. If u want to know more about Malay then, just go to Malaysia. . But this place is near to foods & shopping area. Strategic location.

Thank hHaniza
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

As a local Singaporean, I did not get to interact much with the Malay Community of Singapore. Thus, I highly value my visit to this location, as I got to learn a little more about them. The main permanent gallery itself is relatively small, but it contains enough information for the average tourist, and provides recommendations for visiting other locations.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

An interesting museum that provides good insight into the cross straits relationship between Indonesia and Malaysia. It has a welcoming entrance with a pleasant water fountain. We were greeed by courteous and helpful staff. The exhibits about the origin of the Malays and their histoy and culture were interesting.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

This is a great little museum that you can get through in under an hour. Housed in the former royal Istana Kampong Glam house, you get a good feel for the history and culture. Very inexpensive.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

It has a visit center and a museum of Malay history and some very well maintained gardens and is adjacent to the Sultan Mosque and Kampong Glam. There are also =some very clean toilet facilities rare in these parts.

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Galle, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

This is a cheap museum of the Malay story in Singapore, if you are over 60 years old you paid only 2 SGD Excellent musée de l'histoire des Malis à Singapour

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016

It is really a nice place for those who wants to learn and understand more about Malay culture and traditions.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

My wife and I visited the Malay Heritage Centre on Friday 6th November 2015 on our Singapore trip. The Centre occupies what was once Istana Kampong Gelam, the palace of the Malay Sultan. Currently, it is a museum with some six or more galleries on both floors of the Centre. The walls of the Centre had photographs and write-ups tracing... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

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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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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