Visitors Information

The Istana Heritage Gallery

The Istana Heritage Gallery, located at the Istana Park along Orchard Road and opposite the Istana, offers visitors the opportunity to understand the historical background of the Istana. 

Gazetted in 1992 as a National Monument along with Sri Temasek, the Istana mirrored the development of Singapore in its nationhood through time.  The exhibition in the Gallery captures the Istana’s transition from being the Colonial Governor’s House to its current role as the Official Residence of the President.

The Istana Heritage Gallery will provide visitors with a glimpse into the Istana’s rich history through a specially curated range of heritage displays including state artefacts, artworks and collection of state gifts received from foreign dignitaries by our past and present Presidents and Prime Ministers. The Gallery will complement the guided tour programmes at the Istana Open House in providing the public greater access to Istana’s rich heritage. It will also showcase the President’s constitutional, ceremonial and community roles and the Istana’s special place in these aspects of the Singapore story.

The Istana Heritage Gallery is a collaboration between the President’s Office, the National Parks Board, the National Heritage Board and the National Library Board.

Admission to the Istana Heritage Gallery is complimentary. School groups are advised to book in advance for scheduled group visits.

 

Location: 35 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238902, Istana Park (directly opposite main gate of the Istana)

Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am-6 pm, except Wednesdays when it is closed for maintenance

Getting there: Nearest MRT station is Dhoby Ghaut which connects to the Circle Line, Northeast Line and the North South Line. Take Exit C to Istana Park

Admission charges: Free

For general enquiries: Email gallery_enquiry@istana.gov.sg  Tel: 69044289

For group visits: Email gallery_enquiry@istana.gov.sg at least 2 weeks before the visit. Do also note that the maximum capacity for the gallery is 40-45 visitors at any one time. Visitors may be asked to return at a later timeslot if the gallery is full.

For guided tour: There is currently no guided tour of the gallery available

Maximum capacity: 45 pax

Exhibits for viewing: Information panels of the Istana’s history and heritage, State Gifts, artefacts and artwork. A digitised copy of the Istana guestbook will be made available for viewing on one of the iPad stations.

Other museums nearby: National Museum of Singapore (93 Stamford Road, S178897) and the Singapore Art Museum (71 Bras Basah Rd, S189555)

Nearest amenities: Nearest dining and washroom facilities are at My Art Space opposite the Istana Heritage Gallery or Plaza Singapura or The Cathay

Nearest alighting point: Hotel Innotel along Penang Lane or Plaza Singapura Atrium Wing Porch along Oldham Lane