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Indian Heritage Centre, Singapore

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The Indian Heritage Centre (IHC), under the management of the National Heritage Board and with support from the Indian community, traces the history of the Indian and South Asian communities in the Southeast Asian region. The four-storey IHC building is an iconic, unique and sustainable building that blends both traditional Indian as well as modern architectural elements. The architectural design for the facade of IHC is inspired by the baoli (or Indian stepwell), and seeks to create an urban forum for the celebration and appreciation of Indian culture. It houses five permanent galleries, small scale museum facilities, a museum shop as well as programming and activity spaces.

Situated at 5 Campbell Lane, the Centre also serves as a springboard for visitors to explore Little India and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the historical precinct.

IHC’s permanent galleries (located at levels 4 and 3) feature five themes which are arranged chronologically to span 1st century CE to the 21st century. The galleries present, through artefact and interactive displays, the history of interactions between South and Southeast Asia, depict the experiences of the Indian community in both Singapore and Malaya in the colonial period, and highlight the contributions of the Indian and South Asian communities to Singapore’s nation-building efforts.

IHC was opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 7th May 2015 and will offer year-round exhibitions, programmes and activities to promote greater public awareness and appreciation of Indian heritage, arts and culture.
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  • Little India has temples, shopping, and restaurants, but for history and culture, go to the Indian Heritage Centre, which shows a 10-minute film setting the scene for the historical presentation of th...  more »
  • It was huge, I think old small museum or, in a highly innovative design new Museum located in little India. India world cultures, history, folklore, and future exhibitions, and at night go out of that stand out. Enter_ Roche station B exit the Northing and second Clive Street go right and come out on the left. 2-minute walk.
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  • I was at the Verge Shopping Mall attending a workshop at the Singapore Human Resource Institue. During lunchtime, I took a walk to visit this heritage center which was opened only last year. It was cl...  more »
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  • Great exhibition! Just the right size and appropriately prized. Well curated exhibits, informative but not overladen. Well worth checking out when in little India.
  • The building is nice and very colourful on the outside at night. The centre is well maintained and exhibits are good. They also have some activities for kids on level 3. The place is small and does not need a lot of time.
  • Nice Museum with extremely good and friendly staff and guides. Well worth. 👍
  • This newly built museum locates near little Indian MRT. From outside, it looks like a hotel. The inside is pretty small, however the presenting style is nice and pleasant. The history of India migrants are not long, roughly starting from late 19th centry. This museum may include everything you need to know the Indian migrants and their culture in Singapore.
  • A lovely little oasis in the midst of bustling, raucous Little India. Has an interesting museum which, though limited, does a superb job in bringing the Indian story in Singapore to life. The staff are enthusiastic, friendly, well informed and helpful-recommend you follow the guide through this incredible journey. Non Singaporeans and non-permanent residents will need to pay $4.