Indians in Singapore: A Picture Story

National Museum of Singapore,
The Balcony
10:00am - 8:00pm

This exhibition introduces several Indian communities living in Singapore. Obviously, the generic term 'Indian' does not fully reflect either the political realities or the self identities of the communities in present day Singapore. However, it is very much a convention in Singapore to apply the term broadly to all immigrant communities from the Subcontinent. With this spirit in mind, the exhibition accommodates the historical past as well as the present and the term 'Indian' becomes all the more appropriate. 

Language is used as an organizing principle to group the communities along linguistic lines. Accordingly, several Indian scripts will be introduced. A selection of images showing some typical customs and practices of the communities will also be on view. The rich archival images from the National Museum's collections, on view, will further situate these living communities appropriately in the historical context.

Family Time

Take a trip through 700 years of Singapore's history with your little ones with our Family Time Guide to find out how life in this Lion City has changed over the centuries. On your journey, you will meet various historical figures as well as landmark objects in each phase of Singapore's history. Explore how people from different communities used to live, their aspirations and how they helped shape the Singapore we see today.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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