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Timings : Malay Heritage Center: Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM,
Last admission: 5:30 PM,
Malay Heritage Center Compound: Tueday - Sunday: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Time Required : 1 - 2 hours

Entry Fee : Singaporeans and PRs: No Entry Fee,
Adults: SGD 6,
Children (6 - 12 years), Seniors (60 and above): SGD 4,
Family package (upto 3 children): SGD 18

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Malay Heritage Center, Singapore Overview

Reopened on September 1st, 2012, the Malay Heritage Center exhibits the culture, history and heritage of the Malay Singaporeans. Malay Heritage Center is located at the Sultan Gate in Kampong Glam and is a museum and cultural centre. It is made up of several magnificent bungalows, set in a beautifully landscaped garden. The original two-storey building used to belong to the local Sultan and was known as the Sultan's Palace or Istana Kampong Glam.

There are six permanent galleries in the Malay Heritage Center, which are spread over two levels. These galleries house various exhibits, displays and artifacts which show the contribution of the Malay community to the history of Singapore. These beautiful artifacts have not only been collected from Singapore's national community but are also personal contributions from the Malay Community. The grounds of the Malay Heritage Center are wonderful, and have beautiful fountains surrounded by 'Gelam' trees. The grounds also have a lovely replica of a 'Pinsi' boat, which is a traditional boat of the 'Bugis' people. There are several information markers on the grounds which provide visitors with more information on the 'Bugis' people and their trade. The Malay Heritage Center also organizes various workshops, programmes and temporary exhibitions related to Malay culture and heritage.

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Sightseeing at the Malay Heritage Center

The Malay Heritage Center has six permanent galleries and two galleries which house temporary exhibitions. The collections in the permanent galleries have several artifacts, exhibits, multimedia and diorama displays which work towards enlightening the general public about the historical significance of the Malay community in Singapore. The exhibits include costumes, photographs and even day to day items used by the Malay community. The museum also houses an outstanding exhibit about the boats native to the Malay Archipelago as well an enthralling film exhibit with snapshots of old Malay films. The huge map details the history and development of the region of Kampong Glam.

Guided Tours at the Malay Heritage Center

Guided tours are held at the museum free of charge. There can be a maximum of 20 participants per session on a first come first serve basis, with every session being around 45 minutes along. Tours may be unavailable during public holidays.
English: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 2:00 PM,
Mandarin: Third Saturday of every month: 1:00PM

Tips For Visiting Malay Heritage Center

  • No running is allowed along the galleries.
  • Mobile phones have to be switched off.
  • Visitors must not talk or laugh loudly.
  • Children below six years and the first caregiver of the PWD get free entry.
  • Entry is free for citizens, although there can be admission charges for selected programmes.
  • Visitors travelling by car can park their vehicles at the public car parks along Aliwal Street, Kandahar Street and Pahang Street or at the multi-storey car parks at Textile Centre and Sultan Plaza. Parking charges are applicable.

How To Reach Malay Heritage Center

  • By MRT: Visitors have to alight at Bugis (EW12) station. The Malay Heritage Center is a 10-minute walk from the train station.
  • By Bus: From North Bridge Road, visitors can Bus service no. 7, 32, 51, 63, 80, 145 & 197. From Victoria Street, visitors can Bus service no. 2, 7, 12, 32, 33, 51, 63, 80, 130, 133, 145, & 197 to reach MHC. From Beach Road, Bus service no. 10, 14, 16, 70, 100, 107, 196 & 401, can help visitors reach MHC.

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