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Malay Heritage Centre, Singapore

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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3.7/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web
The Malay Heritage Centre is a cultural centre and museum in Singapore that showcases the culture, heritage and history of Malay Singaporeans. Located at Sultan Gate in Kampong Glam, the centre was launched on 27 November 2004.The building was once the Istana Kampong Glam (or the Sultan's Palace), and was part of a larger original compound that led to the Beach Road frontage. Sultan Gate has been known as such since the 1950s. The Malay Heritage Foundation, formed on 28 July 1999, embarked on a major restoration project of the Istana Kampong Glam that year. The building reopened as the Malay Heritage Centre in 2004 after construction works were completed.On the grounds of the Malay Heritage Centre are Gelam trees, a replica of a Bugis prahu boat, the Pinisi, and information markers on the history of the Bugis people and their trade. The centre itself preserves and showcases Malay culture and heritage in Singapore through historic artefacts, multimedia and diorama displays, and exhibits.The centre also organizes Malay cultural programmes and workshops. Before 2008 these, together with other fund-raising activities, contributed two-thirds of the centre's operational costs. In 2008, the Government of Singapore announced that it would provide full funding of S$1.7 million a year to the Centre, instead of just the one-third funding provided in previous years. The funding, and additional aid from the National Heritage Board, is expected to give the centre a boost to become a museum of international standard, and create opportunities for it to work with other top regional museums in Indonesia and Malaysia.
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  • This place always has something to offer! And the best part - all performances free admission. They post events on the website & facebook page. My last visit was few months ago. Ramayana ballet by Jaw...  read more »
  • Great to learn more of some of Singapore's history. Small palace so won't take too long to complete. Interesting 
  • The place is very nice, but the most important thing is that it is part of the culture of Singapore and if you came to learn, you have to go to see the site and learn about their fascinating stories.
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  • Very interesting place which houses a lot of information. You need a lot of time to spend here to understand everything.
  • It is well maintained and at the time I visited it's activities had broadened to include outdoor activities and performances on the well-manicured front lawns and forecourts
  • A best musiam in singapur
  • just in front of sultan mosque. free of charge, goods in sovenir shop is nice. you can learn the history of kampung gelam.
  • Good place to visit and take pictures in this museum that really showcases the culture of Malay Singaporeans.
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