The Istana Heritage Gallery is a 254-square metre museum that showcases the heritage and history of the elegant Istana, which serves as the President of Singapore’s official office and residence.
History buffs will be thrilled discovering and learning all about the Istana, which was declared a National Monument in 1992.
Istana Heritage Gallery, Address, Opening Hours & Admission, Singapore
The gallery exhibits tell the story of how the property transitioned from once serving as the Colonial Governor’s home, to its current function as the President’s home and office.
One of the highlights of the gallery is the display of state gifts that were given from various foreign dignitaries to Singapore’s past and present Presidents, as well as Prime Ministers. These include silver goblets given by Queen Elizabeth II, a bronze bust of Induna gifted by the late Nelson Mandela, trinket boxes shaped like mangosteens which were given by Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, a silver cigarette box from the Governor of Penang Raja Tun UDa Al-Haj bin Raja Muhammed, and a bronze medal given by Pope Francis. What’s truly captivating though are the stories behind each state gift.
The Istana Open House also offers guided tours for visitors. This area of the gallery is where you can learn about the various ceremonial, constitutional, and community roles of the President.
The Istana Heritage Gallery is located at 35 Orchard Road in Singapore. Opening hours are from 10am to 6pm daily, except on Wednesdays. Admission is free, but groups are recommended to book in advance.