The Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) celebrates the history and heritage of the Indian diaspora in Singapore and the Southeast Asian region. From early contacts between the Indian subcontinent and this region, the culture and social history of the community after the arrival of the British, through to the early stirrings of nationalism and political identity, and the contributions of Singapore’s Indian community – the five galleries take visitors on a fascinating journey through the Indian diaspora. Located in Singapore's colourful and vibrant Little India precinct, the centre opened in May 2015 and is our only purpose-built museum.


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No. 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Thursday - 10am to 7pm
Friday and Saturday - 10am to 8pm
Sunday and Public Holidays - 10am to 4pm
Closed on Mondays
FOM guided tours (English):
Tuesdays to Fridays at 11am for the permanent galleries.
Wednesdays and Fridays at 3pm for the special exhibition, Symbols and Scripts: The Language of Craft (until 29 June 2018)
FOM guided tours (Tamil and Mandarin): On request

Celebrating Indian heritage and culture

In Focus

This 62- coin kasu (coin) malai (necklace) has an engraved clasp studded with rubies. The coins are Victorian half-sovereigns dating back to 1890. This was commissioned in 1914 in Madras (India) by Mr. Gnanapragasam Pillai, a successful trader in Singapore, as a Christmas gift for his wife. The necklace is unique in that the coins are held together by connectors that represent the French insignia, the fleur de lys. These British and French influences are a reflection of Mr Pillai's origins from the French colony Pondicherry in India and his life in the British Straits Settlement.
This was among the early community donations to the Indian Heritage Centre.
Image and text source: IHC

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