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Malay Heritage Centre
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Owner description: 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.
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“beautifully renovated centre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

One reason to go here is also to wander around this neighborhood, called Kampong Glam. The Centre itself has very interesting displays about the development of Singapore over the centuries, with a focus on the Malay royalty. It's a great way to learn a bit about the Malay element in Singapore, where the Chinese influence seems generally the most pronounced.

Visited May 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Small gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

This little museum lies in the residence palace of Singapore's former king, and tells the story of the people of Malay origin (generally of Muslim faith) that made Singapore home. Well designed, interesting and worth a visit. The surrounding area is well landscaped, and it is located just a few steps from the Sultan Mosque.

Visited April 2013
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Driebergen, The Netherlands
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“Interesting place to visit and to get an impression on Malay Singapore.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

Nice overview on the Malay community in Singapore. Price is low S$ 4, so value for money is quit ok. Museum looks new and is worth a visit.

Thank jk3972
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Blessed the staff who gave our group free entry”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

We are a group of people with disabilities from Melbourne coming to Singapore for the first time. Where most of the attractions in Singapore were unable to give us concession rates for us, The Malay lady at the ticketing booth, without even blinking gave us free passes. We were so pleasantly surprised by the kindness and the area is also very well accessible for people with disabilities and seniors. So if you cant walk that much and need assistance-This is one of the best place to go. The centre is clean, simple and very informative about the Malay Community of Singapore. We learnt quite a lot from the intimate setting and took a lot of nice photos. Good to go on a rainy day as well.
Thank you again and bless you.

Visited February 2013
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“What it lacks in depth, it makes up in presentation..”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

Although I had visited the grounds several times, I had never ventured into the museum. Having learnt that the museum had undergone renovations, I figured it was time for a visit, which I did during my recent trip to Singapore.

The ticket counter is housed in the building beside the museum & the admission fee is S$4. Along with the visitors' sticker, which serves as a ticket, I was also handed the Jan-Mar installment of the MHC programme book. True to Malay custom, visitors are asked to remove their footwear at the entrance of the museum -,so, if you plan to visit, it may be a good idea to wear footwear that are easy to remove/put on. And since there is a staff stationed at the entrance, I'm quite sure your footwear won't go missing.

The display of artifacts/items/photos etc., like in most other museums in Singapore, is pleasing. Working with what they have, I'd say it's good effort on visual presentation. I especially liked the digital jukebox, even though the selection of songs was limited. I also enjoyed the screening of famous Malay movie clips from back in the day & also the wall text plus the use of Jawi.

On the whole I felt somewhat disappointed at the fairly limited collection which, perhaps, may not represent the Malay heritage in its culture & customs/traditions to its fullest. However, I must add that a good effort by the MHC is via their "Neighbourhood Sketches", which I was fortunate enough to catch the day after my visit to the MHC - it may not be in the museum per se, but it's a good alternative channel. So, if you visit, make sure to also check on the dates for the "Neighbourhood Sketches" & try to catch it.

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