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The National Heritage Board (Abbreviation: NHB; Simplified Chinese: 国家文物局; Malay: Lembaga Warisan Negara}}; Tamil: தேசிய மரபுடைமைக் கழகம்) is a statutory board of the Singapore Government, under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY).

The National Heritage Board (NHB) aims to foster nationhood, promote identity building, and champion the development of a vibrant cultural and heritage sector in Singapore.

As the custodian of Singapore’s heritage, NHB is responsible for telling the Singapore story, sharing the Singaporean experience and imparting our Singapore spirit. Through the national collection, NHB presents heritage programmes and curates exhibitions to connect the past, present and future generations of Singaporeans through a shared experience. The National Heritage Board (NHB) was formed on 1 August 1993

National Museums and Heritage Institutions[]

The National Heritage Board operates the following national museums and heritage institutions.


  1. Asian Civilisations Museum
  2. National Museum of Singapore
  3. Peranakan Museum
  4. Singapore Philatelic Museum
  5. Reflections at Bukit Chandu

Heritage Institutions

  1. Language
  2. Preservation of Sites and Monuments
  3. Heritage Conservation Centre
  4. Indian Heritage Centre
  5. Malay Heritage Centre
  6. Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Vision and Mission[]

The mission of the National Heritage Board is 'To preserve and celebrate our shared heritage'.

Their vision is 'Pride in our Past, Legacy for our Future'.

Museum Roundtable[]

The Museum Roundtable is an initiative led by NHB since 1996, with the objective of building a museum-going culture in Singapore while positioning museums as cultural destinations.

There more than 50 members for this initiative, consisting of public and private museums, heritage galleries and attractions in Singapore such as the Singapore Art Museum, the National Museum of Singapore, the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Science Centre Singapore and the National Library of Singapore.

It regularly organises joint-events with the NHB and other private and public partners in an attempt to elevate Singapore's heritage and museological landscape. Examples of such key events are International Museum Day which is held annually in May, and Children's Season which aims to cultivate museum-going interests in children with exhibits and installations at various participating museums.[1]


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