National Heritage Board (Singapore)

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National Heritage Board
National Heritage Board (Singapore) (logo).jpg
Logo of the NHB
Agency overview
FormedAugust 1993 (1993-08)
Preceding agency
  • National Archives, National Museum and Oral History Department
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore[1]
Annual budget$104 million SGD (2010)
Agency executives
  • Ong Yew Huat, Chairman
  • Rosa Huey Daniel[2], Chief Executive Officer
Parent agencyMinistry of Culture, Community and Youth

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.[3]

National Museums and Heritage Institutions[edit]

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

  1. Asian Civilisations Museum[4][5]
  2. National Museum of Singapore[6][7]
  3. Peranakan Museum[8][9][10]
  4. Singapore Philatelic Museum[11]
  5. Reflections at Bukit Chandu[12]
Heritage Institutions
  1. Language
  2. Preservation of Sites and Monuments[13]
  3. Heritage Conservation Centre[14][15] - architecture and building project.
  1. Indian Heritage Centre[16]
  2. Malay Heritage Centre[17]
  3. Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall|[18]

Vision and Mission[edit]

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[edit]

The Museum Roundtable is an initiative led by NHB since 1996[19], with the objective of building a museum-going culture in Singapore while positioning museums as cultural destinations.[20]

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.[21]


  • Fashion Designers Society (Singapore) (1993). Costumes through time, Singapore. Singapore. National Heritage Board. National Heritage Board and Fashion Designers Society. ISBN 9971883872.
  • Sharma, R. C. (Ramesh Chandra) (1994). Alamkara : 5000 years of Indian art. National Heritage Board.
  • National Heritage Board (1995). The legacy of Majapahit. Singapore: National Heritage Board. ISBN 9971884534.
  • Kwok, Kian Chow (1996). Channels & confluences : a history of Singapore art. Singapore: National Heritage Board; Singapore Art Museum. ISBN 9810074883.
  • Sabapathy, T. K.; Koay, Susie (1996). Modernity and beyond : themes in Southeast Asian art. Singapore Art Museum. National Heritage Board. ISBN 9810074875.
  • 王, 賡武; 李, 楚琳 (1997). The Chinese collections (中国文物収藏). Singapore. National Heritage Board. National Heritage Board. ISBN 9971885646.
  • National Heritage Board (1998). Singapore : journey into nationhood. Singapore: Landmark Books. ISBN 9813065214.ISBN 9813065206
  • 劉, 抗; 中华人民共和国文化部; Singapore. Ministry of Information and the Arts (2000). Journeys : Liu Kang and his art =(艺程 : 刘抗其人其艺). National Arts Council : Singapore Art Museum, National Heritage Board. ISBN 9810432704.
  • Singapore Art Museum; Singapore. National Heritage Board (2001). The president's young talents exhibition. Singapore Art Museum, National Heritage Board. ISBN 9810440294.ISBN 9810481454ISBN 9789810970741
  • Uma Devi, G (2002). Singapore's 100 historic places. National Heritage Board. Archipelago Press. ISBN 9789814068239.
  • National Heritage Board (Singapore) (2003). Reflections of our heritage. National Heritage Board.
  • Chen, Ruixian (2004). 无时无涯 = Embracing infinity. Singapore Art Museum. National Heritage Board : National Arts Council. ISBN 9810500661.
  • National Heritage Board (2005). Born in Singapore DVD-ROM. National Heritage Board. - The collector's edition
  • Singapore History Museum (2005). Singapore History Museum : a year in review 2004-2005. Singapore History Museum, National Heritage Board.
  • Krahl, Regina; Effeny, Alison (2010). Shipwrecked : Tang treasures and monsoon winds. ArtScience Museum (Singapore). Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; National Heritage Board : Singapore Tourism Board.


  1. ^ "Chapter 197, National Library Board Act". Singapore: Government of Singapore. 2014.
  2. ^ "New chief executives for PA, National Heritage Board and National Art Gallery". Channel NewsAsia. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  3. ^ "About NHB". National Heritage Board. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  4. ^ "Asian Civilisations Museum". Singapore Tourism Board. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  5. ^ "Asian Civilisations Museum". Asia-Europe Museum Network. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  6. ^ "National Museum of Singapore". Singapore Tourism Board. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  7. ^ "National Museum of Singapore". Asia-Europe Museum Network. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  8. ^ "Peranakan Museum". Singapore Tourism Board. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  9. ^ "National Museum of Singapore Director awarded knighthood". Asia-Europe Museum Network. September 6, 2012. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  10. ^ "Peranakan Museum, Singapore". Asia-Europe Museum Network. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  11. ^ "Singapore Philatelic Museum". Singapore Tourism Board. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  12. ^ "Reflections at Bukit Chandu". Singapore Tourism Board. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  13. ^ Law Revision Commission, Singapore (2011). "Chapter 239 : Preservation of Monuments Act". Statutes of the Republic of Singapore (Revised ed.). Singapore.
  14. ^ Heritage Conservation Centre Singapore. Singapore: Heritage Conservation Centre. 2001. OCLC 929537123.
  15. ^ "Heritage Conservation Centre Singapore". AWP Pte Ltd. 2010.
  16. ^ "Indian Heritage Centre, Singapore". Asia-Europe Museum Network. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  17. ^ "Malay Heritage Centre, Singapore". Asia-Europe Museum Network. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  18. ^ "Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall". Singapore Tourism Board. 2018. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  19. ^ "Jubilee Weekend - Museum Roundtable". SG50 Programme Office. August 2015. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  20. ^ Ooi, Can-Seng (2002). "Cultural Tourism & Tourism Cultures: The Business of Mediating Experiences in Copenhagen and Singapore". Prikaz knjige. Copenhagen Business School Press. ISBN 87-630-0091-1. OCLC 865252703.
  21. ^ - Children's Season 2011

Further readings[edit]

  • National Heritage Board (1993). Annual report. Sinagapore. OCLC 924121352.
  • Symposium on the Cultural Heritage of Singapore, November 1975. Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Graduate Studies, Nanyang University (original issuer). Singapore: HathiTrust Digital Library. 2011. OCLC 1002723102. MiAaHDL.

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