Welcome to Our Shophouse Museum

The Chinatown Heritage Centre is the gateway for all visitors to trace the footsteps of Singapore's early pioneers and discover the personal stories of people who made Chinatown their home.

Located within three beautifully-restored shophouses on Pagoda Street, the Chinatown Heritage Centre is the only place in Singapore that has recreated the original interiors of its shophouse tenants in the 1950s, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of Chinatown's early residents.


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Awards & Reviews




Truly a not-to-be-missed experience in Singapore. Absolutely fascinating! I took the guided tour with Guan (hope I spelled his name correctly).. his passion for culture and heritage is contagious and he adds a very personal touch to the already amazing museum experience. Kuddos to all involved in this heritage center.

Vanessa Workman


Really interesting centre. We came across it by chance but really glad we did. A comprehensive audio guide took you round and through the history of the Chinese community in Singapore. Fascinating! Strongly recommended!

Stephen Moore


A highly, highly recommended "must-do" in Chinatown! We had the best time here. Great staff- extremely helpful..The kids and I enjoyed the way each exhibit room weaved realistic stories which were fascinating and so brilliantly done! Right near the MRT station ... which helps! We loved it!

Lovinia De Silva


Housed in a restored shop house, which adds to the overall experience. Cool, informative and educational museum to see and hear stories of what life was like back in the day for a hawker, doctor, tailor or worker. They also have fun cultural workshops ideal for kids to learn about traditions and festivals!

Gloria Lam

Encounter the People of 1950s Chinatown

Physician’s Daughter
Physician’s Daughter

What's On: Events

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Bloom 2019

Chinatown Heritage Centre (牛车水原貌馆) is set for a triple celebration in 2019 – marking its 3rd anniversary, commemorating Bicentennial Singapore and ushering in the Lunar New Year with programmes all year round centred on the theme “BLOOM” (花开富贵 心想狮城).


Oasis in Chinatown - Edible Garden

In celebration of Singapore’s City in a Garden, Chinatown Heritage Centre has created our own oasis in the heart of Chinatown.


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Orchids of Singapore by Glacy Soh

Art Exhibition in Commemoration of Singapore Bicentennial


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An Exhibition of the Original Illustrations from the Picture Books of Francis Wong Hooe Wai

Francis Wong Hooe Wei 虎威, an architect turned author and artist has put his memories of living in Chinatown during his childhood into book illustrations.

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Five Footway Festival

23 March 2019 (Saturday), 1pm - 9pm

24 March 2019 (Sunday), 1pm - 9pm

Venue: 29A/B Smith Street, Singapore 058943

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Chinatown Trilogy Adventures Storytelling and Exhibition

23 Mar 2019
11.30am-12pm Grandpa's Little Room 外公的小房间 (Mandarin)
3pm-3.30pm Go Trishaw Go 三轮车跑得快 (Mandarin)

24 Mar 2019
2pm-2.30pm The Little Bear's New Clothes 小熊的新衣 (English)
4.30pm-5pm The Little Bear's New Clothes 小熊的新衣 (Mandarin)

Registration: https://tinyurl.com/FrancisFFWF

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Grab a stool at the Pop-up Five Foot Way Library and be transported to the limitless world of books!

23 March 2019 (Saturday), 11am - 9pm

24 March 2019 (Sunday),11am - 9pm

Venue: Chinatown Heritage Centre

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Street Storytelling 讲古 at Pagoda Street

23 March 2019 (Saturday), 2pm

24 March 2019 (Sunday), 3pm

Venue: Chinatown Heritage Centre

What's On: Workshops

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Dress Up Little Bear!

Date: March – April 2019

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Venue: Chinatown Heritage Centre

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Ang Bao Origami Workshop

Date: April 2019

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Venue: Chinatown Heritage Centre

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Dumpling Festival Five Stones & Dragon Boat Adventure

Date: May – June 2019

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Venue: Chinatown Heritage Centre