The Harmony in Diversity Gallery (HDG) was developed by the Ministry of Home Affairs in collaboration with community partners and organisations. The Gallery aims to promote an appreciation of Singapore's rich religious diversity. It hopes this will foster a spirit of give and take, mutual respect and understanding, necessary to nurture and strengthen the religious peace and harmony we enjoy today.
The HDG comprises four galleries of exhibits, artefacts and interactive features. Through this immersive and engaging platform, we hope to demonstrate the centrality of religious harmony to Singapore's continued development, as well as the efforts required to build interfaith peace in a religiously diverse society.
Within Singapore's rich tapestry of faiths, threads of commonality are interwoven. The Gallery highlights the importance of seeking common ground to build mutual respect and appreciation for the beliefs of others, and the need to protect and expand our common spaces. Join us on this journey of discovery as we learn to embrace our diversity, appreciate our commonalities, and above all, celebrate our unique identity - one that recognises that we all have a part to play to protect this precious legacy.
Only then can harmony in diversity truly be possible.
Singapore is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world, and we celebrate our rich religious heritage as a source of strength. However, this diversity can also be a source of friction. Through examples of inter-religious conflict from around the world, this gallery encourages visitors to consider how religion is an inherent fault line in many societies, and how the religious harmony we enjoy today is always a work in progress.
Take a Poll:
How much do you know about Singapore's faith communities? What are your thoughts about our religious harmony and diversity? Participate in our interactive quiz and find out!
This gallery explores the threads of commonality woven into Singapore's rich religious tapestry. Visitors learn how our faith communities have contributed to Singapore's development in the common spirit of doing good and how each religion's cherished values and practices are shared and similarly expressed across other faiths. Recognising the importance of finding and emphasising common ground is a key step to fostering mutual understanding and respect.
There have been occasions when our social cohesion and harmony have been tested. This gallery examines the dangers of accentuated religious differences and a lack of interfaith understanding. A multimedia exhibit brings the Maria Hertogh Riots to life, highlighting the causes and lessons of the riots.
Will we let our differences divide us or our commonalities unite us?
Travel Back in Time:
Join 13-year-old Anne as she seeks to understand how and why the Maria Hertogh Riots took place.
Time to Explore:
Take a look at the unique artefacts of different religions on display and discover what they have in common.
Singapore's common spaces - places where people of different races and faiths interact and create shared experiences - are a central building block of religious peace and harmony. Here, diverse places of worship coexist peacefully and positive interfaith interactions are not uncommon. However, our high-density urban environment invariably creates friction. This gallery takes a look at some of our common spaces and considers what the state, the community and the individual can do to protect them.
Be part of the picture:
Take a photo with a trick eye mural of a local coffee shop, an important example of common space where Singaporeans of all races and creeds interact.
Take on a Role:
For every action, there is a reaction. Play a scenario-based game and find out how our responses to everyday situations can either contribute towards building bridges that connect or walls that divide. What choice will you make?
In this final gallery, visitors are invited to reflect on the role we can play in helping to sustain a harmonious Singapore. Challenge yourself to make a personal commitment to preserving this precious legacy and share your pledge to inspire others.
Make a Difference:
What can you do to help strengthen Singapore's religious harmony? Make a commitment today and watch our Harmony Tree grow!
Be Inspired by the Ordinary:
How can all of us contribute to Singapore's religious peace? Be inspired by fellow Singaporeans as they share what religious harmony means to them.
Ministry of National Development (MND) Building Annexe B
7 Maxwell Road, #04-05/06, Singapore 069111
(Above Amoy Street Food Centre)
Tel: 6221 8942
Gallery Opening Hours
Mondays to Saturdays
10.00am - 5.00pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Admission is free
Prior booking is required for all group or school visits with more than 20 people. Guided tours are available by appointment only and subject to availability.
For any enquiries or feedback, please email us at MHA_HDG@mha.gov.sg
Visitor Policies & Gallery Etiquette
Food & Beverage
Food and drink (including bottled water) are not permitted in the Gallery.
Bags may be subjected to inspection for security reasons.
No flash photography is permitted in the Gallery.
Consideration for Others
Please speak in soft tones.
Avoid running in the Gallery, and do not obstruct the passage of other visitors.
Our staff have the right to work in a safe environment free from violence, abuse or threatening behaviour. The Gallery reserves the right to remove any person acting in an unacceptable manner.
Getting to the Gallery
Cecil Street Bus-stop (03151)
57, 131, 167, 186, 400, 402, 533, 534, 535, 536, 549, 555, 560, 561, 563, 564, 565, 700, 761, 970, 971E
Tanjong Pagar MRT Station
Telok Ayer MRT Station
Parking is available at MND Complex Annexe A. The car park can be accessed from Maxwell Road and is located on the same level as the Gallery.
Last Updated on 26 Feb 2018