Indian Heritage Centre

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dyhx
Singapore3,303 contributions
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Officially opened in 2015, this 4-storey building showcases the history, culture, architecture and religions of the Indian community in Singapore.

Level 3 & 4 are permanent galleries, it's huge and spacious here. I like how they start with a video presentation in a mini theatre that gives you a quick overview before walking thru the exhibits. Kids-friendly generally, though some of the religious statues on Level 4 might be a little scary for the younger kids.

Level 2 was a temporary exhibit, currently one on Sikhs (on till 31 Jan 2022) and I was lucky to arrive just as the free tour was about to start. Always nice to have someone explaining the different exhibits and giving extra info and answering questions. Free tours run at 11am and 2pm on Sat, for about an hour. Had a deeper understanding of and appreciation for Sikhism beyond the turban.

Entrance is free for Singaporeans and PR.
Written December 23, 2021
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samitdeb
Singapore, Singapore56 contributions
Family
I have noticed the building for quite some times opposite little india arcade but never realised it as a museum. Level 3 and 4 has permanent galleries with artifacts helpful to understand indian culture, influence and a slice of history of Singapore. It would have been even more enjoyable with guided tours which I missed unfortunately. The introductory film at level 4 on early indian settlement with characters coming live into action from the pictures were very good edutainment - same for the level 3 interactive films for 50's highstreet, 70's little india shopping trips. Overall a must visit for the foreigners who wants to experience the melting pot culture
Written May 8, 2022
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Nigel G
Singapore, Singapore8,584 contributions
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Visited this museum this afternoon. Wonderful collection which documents the arrival of the first Indians under the HEC deployed to Singapore about the time of Raffles.

The museum looks at the history of migrations and the settlers. Those Indians who have raised to prominence in Singapore - S R Nathan, Rajarstnam, etc spring to mind. It looks at culture and practice, including many items of gold jewellery. Handicrafts and textiles. Religion and prominent Indians in India and their influence on Singapore.

The ground floor had seven paintings on display by Kumuda Krovvidi, a contemporary artist from Mumbai now living in Singapore, and the other is Shivali Mathur - beautiful contemporary Indian folk art painters.

Don’t forget to check out the three sculpture display outside the museum, depicting Masala and showing a chilli, cloves and nutmeg with mace.

Allow about 1 to 2 hours to visit. $8 standard admission for adults. In the heart of Little India. Lift to all levels. Good air conditioning and excellent WiFi.
Written September 9, 2020
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JackyTanSG
Singapore, Singapore2,740 contributions
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A trip to this museum is worthwhile when you wish to learn more about the Indian heritage, influence and culture in Singapore. Today I then released that a part of the founding father of independent India, Gandhi's ashes, were also scattered in Singapore River. Overall the museum is spacious, neat and interactive. Highly recommended!
Written September 10, 2020
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AyushBasu
Singapore, Singapore194 contributions
The Indian Heritage Centre has permanent galleries and special exhibitions. Standing at 5 Campbell Lane, the architecture immediately draws one in. It is conveniently located near bus stops and train stations, so accessibility is not a problem. It is open to citizens and permanent residents for free, and for a nominal fee for other categories. It gives a quick overview of contact between Singapore and the Indian subcontinent over the past centuries. In addition to an auditorium, there are texts, audio clips and video clips, depicting the experiences of the Indian community in both Singapore and Malaya. Several historical artifacts show the cultural influences in the SE Asian region (for example mythological figures). Bright and colourful fabrics give a glimpse of Indian social lives. Special mention is also made of the colonial period and the contributions of the South Asian communities to Singapore in post WWII decades. I definitely recommend about a couple of hours at this fascinating place.
Written January 29, 2020
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia596 contributions
The Indian Heritage Museum in Little India was an unexpected delight. Located in Little India this modern building explores the Indian community in Singapore from the historical Indian artefacts dating from the 1st century CE to the 19th century and then, in more detail, the social history from the 19th to 21st century. It was informative with quality exhibits and was also spacious and air conditioned. There is an entrance fee for non-Singaporeans.
Written August 31, 2019
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Georgia
Cheshire, UK68 contributions
Couples
This was recommended to us by a local in a bar. I am so glad we visited! It was cheap to get in, so certainly worth it. It was really interesting and insightful with interactive opportunities. It was very modern.
Written March 15, 2020
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SilverYorkie70
Doncaster, UK863 contributions
Solo
Exhibition was on two levels. An information overload on the people that stands out such as politicians, doctors, rich merchants and, trade union leaders. Very economic on the lives of the majority who is the backbone of the Country, tram drivers, traffic police, soldiers, street cleaners, hawkers, shop keepers and others. One video was particularly interesting, showing the majority of religious celebrations. The dressed up faceless mannequins looked strange.
Written July 16, 2019
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Carol W
Mornington, Victoria, Australia304 contributions
Couples
Never had I learnt so much about the diverse Indian population is Singapore. It was really informative and worth while visiting.
Written July 7, 2019
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SumithMadampath
Singapore, Singapore52 contributions
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Indian heritage centre is located in Little India area and features the various aspects of Indian heritage of current Singapore.

Level 4 has permanent exhibits featuring various Indian communities in Singapore, their arrival, traditional occupation, cultural aspects etc. There are some shows running in Tamil and English, but I didn't listen to it. I was using the audio guide which is available at free cost from the reception.

Level 3 mainly features the prominent Indians who has contributed to Singapore since the settlement time.Displays are very good, but apparently many of these archives are in Tamil (a slight disappointment to non-Tamils).

Level 2 had a temporary exhibit featuring Chetty Melakan community and it was wonderful.

There is a free guided tour, but i didn't attend this as well.

I'm personally very interested in Singapore history and overall I'm quite satisfied with the visit which enhanced my knowledge. If you are not really interested in these topics, then this could be boring to you.
Written April 8, 2019
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