The Istana Heritage Gallery is located at the Istana Park along Orchard Road, opposite the Istana. Opened since October 2016, the specially curated exhibition captures the Istana's transition from being the Colonial Governor's House to its present role as the Office of the President. The range of heritage displays include state artefacts, artworks and collection of gifts presented by foreign dignitaries to Singapore's Presidents and Prime Ministers.
The Gallery complements the guided tours at the Istana Open House. It also showcases the President's constitutional, ceremonial and community roles and the Istana's special place in Singapore's history.
Admission to the Gallery is free. Advance booking is advised for group visits.
To ensure an enjoyable experience for visitors, please note the following:
Switch your mobile devices to silent mode and do not talk or laugh loudly. Avoid bringing bulky items into the gallery and do not obstruct other visitors.
Visitors may take photographs (without flash) for personal use only. Photos of items on display cannot be used for commercial purposes without prior written consent from the President's Office. Do not use selfie sticks and tripods in the gallery.
Istana Park, 35 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238902
(directly opposite main gate of the Istana)
Daily from 10 am-6 pm, except Wednesdays when it is closed for maintenance.
(Note: The Gallery is temporarily closed from 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020.)
45 pax. Visitors may be asked to return at a later timeslot if the gallery is full.
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
Nearest alighting point is at Hotel Innotel along Penang Lane or Plaza Singapura Atrium Wing Porch along Oldham Lane
National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Singapore Art Museum
71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
Information panels of the Istana's history and heritage, State Gifts, artefacts and artwork. A digitised copy of the Istana guestbook is available for viewing.
Nearest dining and washroom facilities are at Concorde Hotel & Shopping Mall, Plaza Singapura, The Cathay or Innotel Hotel.
The President is responsible for safeguarding the national reserves and the integrity of the public service. The President also receives foreign dignitaries, officiates at state functions and performs other ceremonial and community duties.
Besides official functions, the President actively supports community and social causes. The President often graces events organised by grassroots, community and welfare groups, as well as ethnic and religious organisations.
The portraits of President Halimah and her spouse, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, are displayed in public buildings. The Presidential Standard is flown at the Istana in the day, when the President is in the country. The Presidential Crest is used on state crockery, gifts and stationery related to the President.