Permanent ExhibitionsHistory, Culture

Indian Heritage Centre

Location
Singapore
Client
National Heritage Board
Surface area
10,764 sq ft
Completion date
2015
Overview

The Indian Heritage Centre is a cultural and community institution in the heart of Singapore's Little India heritage district. It traces the history of the Indian and South Asian community in Southeast Asia, and showcases the richness of the diaspora's contributions to Singapore.

GSM Project was commissioned to develop the concept, content and design of the permanent exhibition, balancing a careful museological approach with innovative multimedia that would bring the rich collection to life.

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Two thousand years of stories

From the outset, the challenge was to cover almost two millennia of history while developing an experience that would be relatable for the local community beyond the walls of the heritage centre. GSM Project developed a people-centred storyline, spread over five themes, that would give visitors an interactive and multi-sensorial experience of how Singaporean Indian identity came to be.

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Engaging museum-goers of all ages

Overall the centre satisfies a very broad audience, offering tactile and game-based displays to younger visitors and a large variety of audiovisual materials for those visitors who seek a deeper understanding of the Indian heritage of Singapore. A user-friendly suite of smartphone applications was also specially developed for adults and children, which address different language needs and offer different modalities to browse and enjoy the exhibition.

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Summary

The Indian Heritage Centre is a cultural and community institution in the heart of Singapore's Little India heritage district. It traces the history of the Indian and South Asian community in Southeast Asia, and showcases the richness of the diaspora's contributions to Singapore.