National Heritage Board (Singapore)

National Heritage Board (Singapore)
National Heritage Board
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Logo of the NHB
Agency overview
Formed August 1993 (1993-08)
Preceding agency National Archives, National Museum and Oral History Department
Jurisdiction Government of Singapore
Annual budget $104 million SGD (2010)
Agency executives Mr Ong Yew Huat, Chairman
Mr Michael Koh, Chief Executive
Parent agency Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts

The National Heritage Board (Abbreviation: NHB; Simplified Chinese: 国家文物局) is a statutory board of the Singapore Government, under the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA).

National Heritage Board (NHB) actively champions the development of a vibrant cultural and heritage sector in Singapore. NHB makes heritage enriching, fun and accessible to all through exciting events that engage diverse audiences like the iconic Singapore HeritageFest, International Museum Day, and Istana Art Event.

NHB further promotes public awareness and appreciation of our heritage through educational, outreach and community programmes. NHB partners like-minded entities in the people, private and public sector and provide state-of-the-art archival and conservation services through the National Archives of Singapore, Preservation Monuments Board and Heritage Conservation Centre.


Museums and Centres

The NHB operates the following leading museums, institutions and heritage interpretative centres.

  1. Asian Civilisations Museum
  2. National Museum of Singapore
  3. Singapore Art Museum
  4. Peranakan Museum
  5. Singapore Philatelic Museum
  6. Memories at Old Ford Factory
  7. Reflections at Bukit Chandu
  8. National Archives of Singapore
  9. Heritage Conservation Center
  10. Malay Heritage Center
  11. Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
  12. National Art Gallery of Singapore
  13. Preservation of Monuments Board

Vision and Mission

The vision of the National Heritage Board is "To Make Heritage An Enriching Part of Everyone's Life".

Their mission is "To Foster Nationhood, Identity And Creativity Through Heritage And Cultural Development".


Values of the National Heritage Board form the acronym 'ENRIC²H':

  1. Esprit de corp
  2. Nurture
  3. Reliability
  4. Integrity
  5. Creativity
  6. Customer Orientation
  7. Happening

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, Explore Singapore! which happens from November to December, and Children's Season which aims to cultivate museum-going interests in children with exhibits and installations at various participating museums.[1]


External links

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