Discover Singapore's Rich Cultural Heritage
One of the most popular cultural attractions in Singapore, Chinatown is the most vibrant and exciting site on this island in which you can experience a distinctive identity conserved over these years.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE
Singapore's oldest museum established in 1887 when Singapore was part of the Straits Settlements. Reopened in December 2006 after three years of extensive restoration, the museum – a National Monument – now presents permanent exhibitions on Singapore history and popular culture, alongside changing exhibitions on world history and popular culture.
ASIAN CIVILIZATIONS MUSEUM
It is located at the historic Empress Place Building, was opened on 1 March 2003. The museum presents the history and culture of Singapore’s ancestral cultures, with artefacts that span the entire Asian continent and over five thousand years of recorded history.
SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM
Opened in January 1996, the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) aims to preserve and present the contemporary art and art histories of Singapore and Southeast Asia. Housed in the former Saint Joseph’s Institution, SAM is home to the world’s largest public collection of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian artworks, with a growing collection of international contemporary art.
The Peranakan Museum houses the world's finest and most comprehensive collection of Peranakan artefacts, representing a unique cultural tradition – fusing ethnic Chinese, Malay and Indian elements – indigenous to Singapore and Southeast Asia. Its rich material legacy and heritage are enhanced by state-of-the-art display technology, and interactive educational exhibits for children.
SUN YET SUN NANYANG MEMORIAL HALL
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH), a heritage institution under the National Heritage Board, traces Dr. Sun's revolutionary activities in the Southeast Asian region and highlights the impact of the 1911 Chinese Revolution on Singapore as well as Singapore's contributions to the Revolution.
SINGAPORE PHILATELIC MUSEUM
Singapore Philatelic Museum, housed in a 19th century building that was formerly part of the Anglo-Chinese School, is the custodian and curator of Singapore and world treasures of philatelic history. The museum’s collections range from stamps and archival philatelic material of Singapore from the 1830s to present day, and stamps from member countries of the Universal Postal Union.
REFLECTIONS AT BUKIT CHANDU
Reflections at Bukit Chandu is a World War II interpretative centre housed in a restored black and white colonial bungalow close to the former battle site – the Battle of Pasir Panjang, where 1,400 brave soldiers from the Malay Regiment heroically defended the last stand against a 13,000-strong Japanese army.
MALAY HERITAGE CENTRE
Built 160 years ago by Sultan Ali, the son of Sultan Hussein Shah, the sprawling grounds of the Istana Kampong Glam is home to the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC). Featuring artefacts, murals and multimedia displays across nine galleries, the museum traces the history and material culture of the Singapore Malays, as well as their contributions towards nation-building. MHC is a community heritage institution managed by NHB.
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