Indian Heritage Centre Singapore

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Time Required : 1 - 2 hours

Entry Fee : SGD 4 - SGD 18

Timings : Tuesday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM,
Friday, Saturday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM,
Sunday, Public Holidays: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM,
Last admission 30 mins before closing

Indian Heritage Centre, Singapore Overview

Situated in the bustling locale of Little India, the Indian Heritage Centre is a cultural centre and museum in Singapore where one can learn the culture, heritage and history of the Indian community of Singapore. Modelled like a traditional Indian stepwell or Baoli, this informative centre is managed by the National Heritage Board with support from the Indian community of Singapore.

This four-storey building is home to five permanent galleries that detail and celebrate Indian culture and the history and development of the Indian community in the country. There are additional spaces in the structure meant for special exhibitions, workshops, activities and other programmes organised by the heritage centre. Visitors are greeted by an introductory film, after which they may find the special exhibition gallery on the second level of this fascinating building. This gallery keeps changing, showing visitors different facets of Indian culture all year long. The 3rd and 4th level are the sites of the permanent galleries of the centre. The features within this charming centre represent the Indian style of architecture and design, from the entrance to the structure to the ornate Chettinad doors.

Apart from the fascinating display of the history, heritage and culture of Singaporean Indians, the Indian Heritage Centre Resource Library is another valuable source of information for further understanding of the Indian community. There is also a shop within where visitors may purchase souvenirs to commemorate their visit to this cultural oasis. This centre is situated at the beginning of the Little India precinct, allowing visitors to enjoy the vibrancy of the location after they have gained a deeper understanding of the community.

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Permanent Exhibitions at the Indian Heritage Centre

There are five permanent galleries at the Indian Heritage Centre, found on level 3 and 4 of the building, arranged in a chronological order to cover the Indian heritage and Culture from the 1st century to the 21st century. These exhibitions present the historical and cultural stories through artefacts and interactive displays. They explore the subject of Indians in Singapore: Past & Present, through the following themes:

Early Contact: Interactions Between South and Southeast Asia: This section explores the origins of interactions of India with other regions of South and Southeast Asia starting from the 1st century CE. Religious expansion and connection, as well as maritime trade, can be understood in this area.

Roots and Routes: Origins and Migration: This section traces the history of migration of Indians to Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia, starting from pre-colonial times and progressing to the colonial era and post-colonial period. One can comprehend how the waves of migrants of the Indian community arrived in this region and adapted to the local cultures, with exhibits showing the variation of rituals, attire, language, religion and festivals as a result of this integration. The journey of the migrants taken to arrive at Singapore is also displayed here.

Pioneers: Early Indians in Singapore and Malaya: This section starts off with the story of the early Indian migrants to Singapore and Malaya, establishing themselves in the fields of trade and business. It explores the various roles that the early Indian community of Singapore played in society along with their contributions to the development of institutions seen in modern Singapore.

Social and Political Awakening of Indians in Singapore and Malaya: This section explores the role of the Indian community in Singapore and Malaya during the anti-colonial and nationalist movements that occurred in the region during British Rule, as well as the impact of World War 2 on the community.

Making of the Nation: Contributions of Indians in Singapore: The final gallery explores how the Indian community has contributed to the development of present-day Singapore, and how these contributions have helped mould the multi-cultural society of Singapore.

Guided tours at the Indian Heritage Centre

The guided tours at the Indian Heritage Centre are free.
Permanent Gallery Guided Tours:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 AM,
Saturday - Sunday: 2:00 PM,
First Saturday of the month: 3:00 PM,
Second Saturday of the month: 2:30 PM,

Special Exhibition Guided Tours:
Wednesday, Friday: 3:00 PM,
First and Third Saturday of the month: 3:30 PM,
First Saturday of the month: 4:00 PM

Architecture of the Indian Heritage Centre

The Indian Heritage Centre is a four-storeyed building modelled after a stepwell or Baoli, a traditional Indian structure primarily found in arid regions of India. This design blends the traditional architectural style of India with more modern architectural elements. The translucent shimmering outer layer of the building is a tribute to the vibrant nature of Indian culture, giving the appearance of a shining jewel during the day and a glowing lantern at night.

Ticket prices at the Indian Heritage Centre

Adults: SGD 6,
Seniors, Students, Disabled persons (with 1 caregiver): SGD 4,
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): SGD 18,
Singaporeans, children below 6 years: No Entry Fee

Tips For Visiting Indian Heritage Centre

  • Do not touch the exhibits. Exhibits that can be touched will have signs that expressly mention the same.
  • Eating and drinking in the centre are prohibited.
  • Please maintain silence in the galleries.
  • Flash photography and the use of tripods is prohibited. Tourists may take pictures for non-commercial use.
  • Videography is permitted after approval from the Indian Heritage Centre.

How To Reach Indian Heritage Centre Singapore

The Indian Heritage Centre is located at Campbell Lane in Little India. MRT travellers may stop at the Little India station, exiting through the E Exit, located 500 metres from the centre. Those choosing to arrive by bus will need to go to the Tekka Centre Bus Stop, which is a short walk away from the centre.

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