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Museum Escapades: Malay Heritage Centre

Museum Escapades

This crazily overdue entry with regards to the Malay Heritage Centre has finally come into materialization. Mostly busy due to adjusting to work hours and stuff. Plus sickness doesn’t help much in clearing backlogs in blogs.

So yes, the adventure crew made our way to the centre the week before Hari Raya Puasa week. Consisting of the self, Sarah, Mintea and Avariel, everyone got in free because the lady was incredibly nice and let us all in since three out of four of us had a student pass.

But before we went in, we had great fun taking pictures of the different aspects of the front yard. The Malay house on stilts was probably the most beautiful thing I saw on display. It was a shame that it was still in the midst of restoration but no worries, there’s always the next visit to capture it in it’s full glory.

The Malay style ship, though no longer sea worthy, was another piece of art I thought was really outstanding. Totally reminded me of the Dutch replica that I saw in Malacca. Of course that was at least a few times bigger but this one was a probably more accessible. HEE.

Of course with the adventure crew, relaxing a.k.a. “lepak”ing definitely comes into the equation. Like so…

The main museum on its own is very much like the colonially influenced standalone houses you mainly see in the Botanical Gardens: two stories, rounded entrances, white-washed exterior. All with a touch of glassy modernity and the Singaporean’s possible best friend, the air conditioner.

The first level consisted mainly of information panels with regards to Malay migrants from the various states when Singapore was still in its early years, when it was still a British colony or maybe even before then. Artifacts on display here included the keris (Malay styled daggers), various maps, and publications, weaponry and everyday items. The history of the Malay culture in Singapore, together with significant events, are displayed here.

Heck, there’s even a resting area for kids or people with kids.

But if you were to ask me, my favorite part of the entire museum would most probably be the second level of the building. This level featured more set up sets, including a sample set up of a film setting for a P.Ramlee film (name sound familiar?).

There was also a set up of a 1970’s style HDB apartment which had some of us relive the ways of the people back then. Imagine the entire lack of space! However, I still think the most impressive exhibit was the replica of the kampung house way back, complete with attap roof and creaky wooden floors.

This exhibit alone incurred a sudden telling of various stories of our own, be it stories of our own experiences or our parents’ or grandparents’.

Overall speaking, the trip to this centre was definitely enriching. It’s a bit too bad you can’t exactly take photographs within the building itself. Would’ve shown you all the kampung house in its full replicated glory.

Entry is free for students and $4 for adults. For more information, click here.

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