Timings : 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Last entry at 7:00 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hours
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Serving as a gateway into the rich history of the bustling neighbourhood of Singapore's Chinatown, Chinatown Heritage Centre is a group of restored shophouses that exhibits the furniture, artefacts and living arrangements of early Chinese settlers. Spread across six galleries, the heritage centre houses an extensive collection of photographs and paraphernalia dating as far back as 1819, depicting the daily lives of early Chinese immigrants who risked their lives to arrive in a new city, in search of a better life, after a long and perilous journey.
The interactive exhibits at Chinatown Heritage Centre is a fully-immersive experience with whisps of opium and fragrant species and larger-than-life photography props which are best explored through the daily guided tours. Apart from this, regular workshops and story-telling sessions are also organised. For the artistic souls, the centre has on sale a range of postcards, books and prints. A visit to the Chinatown Heritage Centre is like taking a time-machine into the past, tracing footpaths of the pioneers of Chinatown. The colourful history of Chinatown comes alive within the walls of these three beautifully-restored shophouses.