Learn about the culture, heritage, and history of the Indian diaspora in Singapore and Southeast Asia at the Indian Heritage Centre. Located within an architecturally unique building in the heart of Little India, the museum and cultural center features permanent and temporary galleries, interactive exhibits, and hundreds of artifacts. The Basics
The center is divided into five major themes: early interactions between South Asia and Southeast Asia; the origins and movements of Indians from the 19th century onwards; contributions of early Indian pioneers; social and political awakening of Indians; and contributions of Indians to Singapore as a nation. Visitors can join a guided, docent-led tour, or tour the center on their own with the use of an augmented reality–enabled audio guide. Highlights include exquisite gold necklaces used for the ornamentation of deities and a 19th-century Chettinad doorway with 5,000 intricate carvings.
The Indian Heritage Centre can be visited independently or as part of a guided tour of the Little India neighborhood. Combine it with a half-day Singapore sightseeing tour to see other top highlights, such as Gardens by the Bay or Singapore Botanic Gardens. Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- The center is a must-visit for history buffs and anyone interested in Indian culture.
- Admission is free for Singapore citizens, permanent residents, and children under the age of 6.
- Free guided tours are available in English once a day, and in Mandarin and Tamil once a month.
- Food and drink are not permitted inside the museum.
The center is located in Little India. To get there by public transit, take the MRT to Little India or Rochor, or any number of buses.
When to Get There
The Indian Heritage Centre is open from Tuesday to Sunday, year-round. Guided tours in English are available during the week at 12pm and on the weekends at 2pm. Tours last for about 60 minutes. Little India Highlights
The Little India neighborhood is a vibrant community, full of attractions. Highlights include the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, the Temple of 1,000 Lights, the Sri Srinivasa Temple, the House of Tan Teng Niah, the Little India Arcade, and Mustafa Centre.