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Indian Heritage Centre, Singapore

Categories: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.2/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
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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  • Great to see this heritage center at little India you will pay little fee for entrance and if you still have time you can explore Indian heritage 
  • Being one of the newest museums in Singapore, it definitely lived up to expectations. The museum has 2 permanent galleries on the 3rd and 4th floor, with special exhibits on the 2nd floor. The 2nd flo...  read more »
  • If you are in the neighbourhood, recommend to visit this relatively new little museum. Although not big, it does give some interesting impressions of the beginnings of the Indian community in Singapor...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very well done Heritage centre! Try to get the free guide if you can, really surprised to found that so many history that I did not know right over there. The facility is very good, it's full air-conditional and handicap accessible.
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