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

1950s Singapore: Chinatown Heritage Tea Bags

Chinatown Heritage Centre invites all to “yumcha” with iconic characters of Chinatown with the launch of the “1950s Singapore: Chinatown Heritage Tea Bags"


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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).



Chinatown Opera Festival 2019

What's On: Workshops

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Create Your Own Flying Superhero Workshop

Date: October - December 2019

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Venue: Chinatown Heritage Centre