Learn about the history of The Istana, the official residence of Singapore’s president, and the role of the president.
The Istana Heritage Gallery offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of the Istana and learn about the President’s constitutional, ceremonial and community roles. It was officially opened in October 2016 by Singapore’s former President Tony Tan, and its curated collection includes artefacts and State Gifts, as well as a replica of a signing-in table used during State Visits by foreign leaders. Also on display is a reference piece of the bust of Singapore’s late first president, Encik Yusof Bin Ishak, whose portrait is featured on the country’s currency notes. The gallery is located in Istana Park, which is across the road from the Istana, and can accommodate a maximum capacity of 45 pax. Admission is free, but an advance notice of two weeks is required for group visits. Visitors are to conduct themselves in a respectable and careful way in the gallery; selfie sticks and tripods are prohibited, and children below the age of 12 have to be accompanied by an adult at all times.