If you are looking to understand the Malay culture or their history better, then the newly reopened Malay Heritage Centre is exactly where you would want to go.
Situated amidst the Istana Kampong Gelam, Gedung Kuning and the surrounding Kampong Gelam precinct, the Centre acts as a vital heritage institution for the Malay community in Singapore.
The history of Istana Kampong Gelam – 1957 & 1990. You can see the main building has been intact since then but the surrounding has definitely changed a lot.
Inside the museum there are 6 permanent galleries spread over 2 levels of the Malay Heritage Centre. These galleries showcased stories and artefacts from both Singapore’s national collection as well as contributions from the community.
The first President of the Republic of Singapore, Mr Yusof bin Ishak. Mr Yusof moved from Perak to Singapore in 1923 and attended both Victoria Bridge School and Raffles Institution where he was the only Malay to be admitted to the Queen’s Scholarship class. Mr Yusof’s wife, Puan Noor Aishah, also dedicated herself to social work as the First Lady of Singapore and served as the patron of numerous schools, awards and organizations such as the Red Cross and Girl Guides.
Outside the museum, you are able to find some interesting items. Toys that have been entertaining us for decades, like marbles, chaptek, five stones and congkak.
From now till end of September 2012, the Malay Heritage Centre Museum is open to public for free, all you need is just to register at the Visitor Services Centre and obtain your pass. After this month, admission is charged at $4 per adult, $2 per student and $3 per senior citizen. Galleries open from 10 am to 6pm.