Top Museums in Singapore

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Museums in Singapore

Museums in Singapore are more than just art and history. There are animals, there are toys, and a zillion other things you would not dream of seeing. So, step into the world of a variety of beauty and transform a regular afternoon into an unforgettable one.

Here is the list of 20 Top Museums in Singapore

1. National Museum of Singapore

4.8 /5

Home to a myriad of historical artefacts and exhibits, the National Museum of Singapore also boasts of being the country’s oldest museum, dating all the way back to 1887. Not only is this museum an important architectural as well as cultural landmark of Singapore, but also a unique cohesive mixture of rich history and modern-day display of techniques and facilities.

2. National Gallery of Singapore

4.8 /5

The National Gallery Singapore, located in the Downtown region, is an art museum showcasing the world's largest collection of colonial and post-colonial Asian and Southeast Asian art. Housed in the iconic former Supreme Court Buildings and the City Hall, its 8000-plus collection of modern and contemporary artforms, from 19th-century to the present day, is spread over two major gallery spaces.

3. Singapore Art Museum

3.6 /5

The Singapore Art Museum, popularly known as SAM, is a striking white building with Singaporean and Southeast Asian Art as its forte. Housed in a restored Catholic school, this museum was formerly named the Fine-Art Museum. This ancient museum in Singapore is home to brilliant artworks which transport the visitors into a world where they can imagine, think, and experience.

4. ArtScience Museum

4.5 /5

The ArtScience museum at Marina Bay is a premier exhibition space featuring touring exhibitions, colliding the world of art and science. One of the quirkiest buildings in Singapore, Moshe Safdie designed the building to look like a giant white lotus, making it a major attraction for its architecture as much as for the exhibitions in fields as varied as art, science, design, media and technology.

5. Asian Civilisations Museum

4.7 /5

Ranked as one of the top museums in Asia, the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore is an engrossing experience, taking one through the fascinating journey of the cultures and civilisations of Asia. Covering a massive area of 14,000 square metres, there are over 2000 artefacts spread across seven galleries on three levels within this building, tracing more than 5000 years of history of the various Asian civilisations that currently inhabit Singapore.

6. Peranakan Museum Singapore

4.6 /5

The first of its kind in the world, the Peranakan Museum is devoted to exploring the Pernankan cultures present in Singapore, the former Straits Settlements in Malacca and Penang, and other regions of Southeast Asia that are home to the Peranakan community.

7. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

3.7 /5

Trace the history of life on earth at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, a museum of natural history housed at the Kent Ridge Park campus of the prestigious National University of Singapore. This comprehensive museum possesses a catalogue of over 560,000 specimens, including the Raffles Natural History Collection.

8. Singapore National Library

4.1 /5

The proud flagship building of the National Library Board, the National Library in Singapore boasts of having a sprawling collection of books, rare collections as well as some exhibition spaces. Located on Victoria Street, the library is spread over an expansive area of more than 11,000 square meters and is a paradise on earth for the bookworms and bibliophiles.

9. Science Centre Singapore

2.5 /5

Science Centre Singapore, located in Jurong East, is a scientific institution having around a thousand exhibits spread over fourteen exhibition galleries. Formerly known as the Singapore Science Centre, this geeky science museum houses the largest collection of educational material related to science in the Lion City.

10. Red Dot Design Museum

3.4 /5

The Red Dot Design Museum, located located along Waterfront Promenade at Marina Bay, is an innovative design gallery of gadgets and art. The boutique museum is a branch of the Red Dot Design Museum in Germany and showcases over 200 contemporary designs - all of which are winners of the International Red Dot Design Award, considered to be one of the most prestigious design competitions of the world.

11. Singapore City Gallery

3.8 /5

Singapore City Gallery is a three-storey visitor centre located between the historic Chinatown and the Centre Business District, famed for housing an enormous model replica of Singapore. Formerly known as the URA Gallery, it traces the evolution of Singapore's physical transformation spread across 10 thematic areas and 50 audiovisual interactive exhibitions.

12. The Battlebox

3.9 /5

The Battlebox is a war bunker dating back to World War II, now converted into a museum. Located at Fort Canning Hill, this former bomb-proof command centre/shelter is regarded as one of the prime touristic spots in Singapore, also known as Fort Canning Bunker. It was inside the walls of Battlebox that the British decided to surrender Singapore to the Japanese.

13. Singapore Philatelic Museum

2.5 /5

Singapore Philatelic Museum portrays the history of Singapore's postals and stamps. The museum features an assortment of stamps along with the heritage and history of various philatelic items spread across many galleries. The interactive exhibitions offer a window into the Lion City and other parts of the world through the postage stamps.

14. MINT Museum Of Toys

3.5 /5

The Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys – or MINT Museum of Toys showcases a private collection of vintage toys from all around the world. Located near City Hall at Seah Street, it houses a vast collection of over 50,000 toys from around the world, some of them more than a hundred and fifty years old. Considered the largest toy collection in all of Southeast Asia, the MINT Museum of Toys is ideal for both children and adults.

15. Trick Eye Museum Singapore

2.5 /5

The Trick Eye Museum is a museum of optical illusions and 4D entertainment at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore. The Garden City’s first 4D and AR-enabled gallery, this museum hosts six themed attractions that leave visitors gaping in amazement and wonder. The special effects and experiences are perfect for families with children and couples looking for excitement and fun!

16. Chinese Heritage Centre Singapore

3.2 /5

The Chinese Heritage Centre is an autonomous institute of the prestigious Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. The centre includes a library, research centre and a museum with the building being a landmark reputed to be the only university created by the Chinese people living outside China.

17. Reflections at Bukit Chandu

3.6 /5

Reflections at Bukit Chandu is a small, interactive museum and heritage centre recounting the fierce 1942 Battle of Pasir Panjang (against the Japanese in Singapore during World War II). This tiny museum is filled with interactive exhibits, artefacts, audio and video recordings, and wax mannequins depicting the battle and paying tribute to the 42 brave soldiers of the Malay Regiment, many of whom lost their lives during the Second World War.

18. Singapore Musical Box Museum

3.3 /5

Positioned adjacent to Thian Hock Keng Temple, Singapore Musical Box Museum is the first musical box museum to have ever been opened in Singapore. The museum attracts visitors that come here to gain knowledge regarding the rise of musical boxes in Singapore during the 19th century.

19. NUS Museum

3.0 /5

From traditional paintings to modern art, from splendid sculptures to charming ceramics, the NUS Museum in Singapore is a treasure trove of significant artefacts. While the artwork in this glorious museum ranges from the Lee Kong Chian Collection to the Straits Chinese Collection, the number of artefacts exceeds eight thousand.

20. Parkview Museum

Located on the third floor of Parkview Square, Parkview Museum is a contemporary art exhibition space and museum. Covering 1500 square metres, the museum houses solo artist shows thematic exhibitions, and exhibitions featuring some of Parkview group's collection. It is to be noted that group visits are only made through appointments.

This post was published by Roli Sharaf

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