Chinatown Heritage Centre, Singapore

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Relive the life and times of Singapore's early Chinese migrants at Chinatown Heritage Centre, a visual representation of the area's colorful history. The center is made up of three restored shophouses within the country's Chinatown district, which have been restored to depict the living conditions experienced by migrants in the 1950s. The center paints a picture of the hardships migrants experienced, as told by pictures, stories, and artifacts within. Sneaky gambling rooms, shady secret societies, tight corridors, and cramped living quarters are among the recreated experiences. Stop by the gift shop on the way out, or visit the on-site restaurant for a quick bite to eat. Arrange to visit Chinatown Heritage Centre and other attractions in Singapore using our Singapore trip builder website .
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  • This visit was very insightful as to life for the Chinese. It has been incredibly well preserved and quite a shock to see the living and working spaces that these people endured. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • It is the Museum of the ancient Chinese life right in front of the Chinatown Metro. I look on my way home to Chinatown went for dinner, but at that time is was already closing time. Souvenir shop located at the entrance floor was open like that exhibits like a bottle was gone electric.
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  • A very interesting collection in an authentic setting to get an idea of the life in Singapore’s Chinatown in the past. The audio/video guides provided are excellent and the quality of the exhibits and...  more »
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  • Definitely a great visit not only for tourist but for locals. Brought my relatives from Canada and it was a great time of sharing for my uncle who had lived through those times and my cousin who had never lived in Asia. Very well set up. Staff a little too serious though. Still.. highly recommended!
  • Really good museum with focus of life in the 1950s in Chinatown. Even though the museum is small its packed with many items to see. Its main focus is on the types of people there rather than how they came to be there or how the overcrowding occurred which is the only reason I didn't give 5 stars. Its a fascinating look into how things were in Singapore back in the day. Well worth a look of you are in Chinatown
  • Second time I've visited over the years. This museum is very impressive and teaches me a lot about the Singapore of yesteryear that my mum grew up in. Audio tour is comprehensive, well voiced, and perfectly paced and there is a ton of stuff to see. I estimate it takes 2-3 hours to read every placard at every exhibit. Gift shop didn't have anything special. Well worth the time and price.
  • A nice museum to learn about overseas Chinese heritage, with detail explanation of how overseas Chinese used to live, what inside of Chinese house from the past, etc. I really the way they use audio tour guide which we can play it in every room for the explanation. However, this museum is quite small. So, everything inside is quite packed.
  • I am very interested in social history and the Chinatown Heritage Centre was an education. Reconstructions of the living areas were fascinating and really brought the struggles and successes of the Chinese Immigrants into reality. The audio guide makes the experience even more poignant. No shortage of excellent eateries nearby.
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Visitors can learn more about the pioneers who came from China to start a new life in Singapore and their contributions toward nation-building. This is where visitors can trace the footsteps of Singapore’s early pioneers and discover the personal stories of people who made Chinatown their home. Housed in three adjacent restored shophouses along Pagoda Street, the Chinatown Heritage Centre is a museum that offers insights into the lives of early migrants from China, who left their villages and travelled to Singapore in hopes of a better life.