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Chinatown Heritage Centre, Singapore

#9 of 87 in Museums in Singapore
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Relive the life and times of Singapore's early Chinese migrants at Chinatown Heritage Centre, a visual representation of the area's colorful history. The center is made up of three restored shophouses within the country's Chinatown district, which have been restored to depict the living conditions experienced by migrants in the 1950s. The center paints a picture of the hardships migrants experienced, as told by pictures, stories, and artifacts within. Sneaky gambling rooms, shady secret societies, tight corridors, and cramped living quarters are among the recreated experiences. Stop by the gift shop on the way out, or visit the on-site restaurant for a quick bite to eat. Arrange to visit Chinatown Heritage Centre and other attractions in Singapore using our Singapore trip builder website.
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  • This place has great information about the area. Although I've not really ventured a lot as a tourist I found this place very informative and I got to learn something new.  more »
  • Well worth the stop. Great history lesson of the life of Chinese laborers who help establish Singapore. The living conditions were even worse than I had imagined. Plan on spending at least an hour.  more »
  • Welcome back to Singapore in the early 60s! Catch a glimpse into the resilience, tenacity and hopeful spirit of the forefathers who help build the nation through difficult times. History unfolds as you journey through time. This place has translation sets to help explain the perspectives, thoughts and emotions of those who lived through those days. Not to be missed if you were to visit Chinatown!
  • Such a wonderful place to visit that it shows the old Chinese culture and the way of living at that time. Many things to see and learn from the history. Located at Pagoda Street Chinatown that it is very easy to reach this place. Go to exit A from the Chinatown MRT Station. It is surrounded by gift shops, souvenir shops, and restaurants.

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Visitors can learn more about the pioneers who came from China to start a new life in Singapore and their contributions toward nation-building. This is where visitors can trace the footsteps of Singapore’s early pioneers and discover the personal stories of people who made Chinatown their home. Housed in three adjacent restored shophouses along Pagoda Street, the Chinatown Heritage Centre is a museum that offers insights into the lives of early migrants from China, who left their villages and travelled to Singapore in hopes of a better life.