33 Museums in Singapore To Spur The Curiosity in You
Museum. The very word takes one to a fascinating world, doesn't it? A world full of enthralling artefacts, interesting art pieces, and rare findings, a place which zealously preserves the records of the past. However, when it comes to the Lion City, museums are so much 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 lonely afternoon into an unforgettable one.
Displaying over eight thousand Singaporean and Southeast Asian art pieces, this magnificent museum in Singapore has secured the position of the city's largest visual art gallery. The National Gallery spreads across two heritage buildings of the country - the City Hall and the former Supreme Court of Singapore. It is also home to a variety of international exhibitions held throughout the year. Occupying a vast area of about 64,000 square metres, this iconic museum houses six fascinating galleries accommodated in three levels. Apart from displaying splendid attractions, the National Gallery also aims at promoting awareness of Singapore's culture. Owing to this, it also holds vivid lectures which provide rich information.
Highlight The Stereoscope Station at the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery has come up with an engaging way to assist people in gaining a thorough understanding of the cultural history of Southeast Asia by displaying rows of captivating three-dimensional images. Location The National Gallery Museum is situated at 1 St. Andrew's Road and is accessible by public transport as well as private vehicles. It is roughly a five to ten-minute walk from the City Hall, Raffles Place, and the Clarke Quay Stations. Buses 195, 961, 32, 51, 63 and 80 will take you directly to the National Gallery. Opening Hours Saturday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Friday - 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Entry Fee SGD 15 - SGD 20 for General Admission SGD 20 - SGD 25 for Exhibitions SGD 25 - SGD 30 for All Access Pass Note: Children below 6 years and physically handicapped people along with one caregiver are granted free admission.
Formerly known as the Singapore History Museum, this is the oldest museum in Singapore. The prime features of this museum are the 11 permanent galleries which are sure to transport you into the past with Singapore's rich history and transformations. The two galleries in this museum which receive the most people and for a good reason are the Singapore History Gallery and the Singapore Living Galleries. In addition to these captivating galleries, the National Museum is home to film screenings and workshops as well. A cultural landmark of the Lion City, the National Museum has hundreds of gorgeous art installations, historical artefacts and modern glass additions.
Highlight The renowned Night Festival of Singapore is hosted here when the building is wonderfully lit up with vibrant lights. Location The National Museum is situated at 93 Stamford Road and is well-connected to public transport. Bras Barah MRT is the nearest station, and the buses 64, 65, 139 or 972 arrive at Bencoolen Street. It takes one minute to reach the museum from here. Opening Hours 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM daily Entry Fee For adults: SGD 10 (concession) and SGD 15 Note: Free admission is granted to people with physical disabilities and one caregiver.
As the name suggests, the ArtScience Museum is a place where art beautifully blends with science. The lotus-shaped piece of architectural brilliance houses 21 huge gallery spaces and specialises in international touring exhibitions which cover popular artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Leonardo Da Vinci. To dodge monotony, the ArtScience Museum keeps people engaged with various themes which explore scientific subjects such as Cosmology, Marine Biology and Palaeontology as well as the art, culture and sustainability of the current scenario like Harry Potter and the Marvel Universe. Here, technology fuses with culture, and art mingles with science in a way that is so extraordinary that it will leave you speechless.
Highlight The permanent exhibition, Future World: Where Art Means Science is a dynamic digital universe of a whopping 1500 square metres where art installations revolve around scientific themes and explore other topics related to nature, park and town. Location ArtScience Museum is in Marina Bay Sands and can be accessed by cars, buses and MRT. Disembark on the Bayfront MRT and take the Exit C to reach the museum. You can also embark on the bus 97, 97E, 106, 133, NR1, or NR6. Opening Hours 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM daily Entry Fee For adults: SGD 19 for Single Exhibition SGD 32 for Double Exhibition SGD 40 for All Access Pass For children and senior citizens: SGD 14 for Single Exhibition SGD 24 for Double Exhibition SGD 30 for All Access Pass
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. Apart from that, this enthralling museum covers several disciplines, including photography, sculpture, videography and paintings. The events that are held throughout the year and draw in large crowds include artist tours, workshops, exhibitions and talk shows. One of the most special galleries housed in this elegant museum is the Imaginarium which urge people to look into the depths of their minds and think.
Highlight The South East Asian Film Festival is held at the Singapore Art Museum in collaboration with other international museums specialising in contemporary art. Altogether it provides an aesthetic experience. Location The main building of the Singapore Art Museum is located at 71 Bras Barah Road and can be reached both by private vehicles and public transport. From the Exit E of the Bras Barah MRT Station, the museum takes only a minute on foot. Buses 5, 77, 663, 700, 850E, and 951E arrive at the bus stop on Bras Barah Road. It is a two-minute walk from here to the museum. Opening Hours Monday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Entry Fee For citizens and PRS: Free For foreigners: SGD 6 for ages 7 years and up, and SGD 3 for students with a valid pass, and senior citizens. Note: Currently, the main building of the Singapore Art Museum is being renovated. The exhibitions and programmes are meanwhile being conducted at SAM at 8Q, located at 8 Queen Street.
What was the earth like before we came into existence? Were dinosaurs really as ferocious as shown in the Jurassic Park Movies? Are the plants that grow around us the same as the ones which grow in Australia? If you ever find yourself asking these questions then without wasting a minute, head to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum and enjoy the ride as you travel back in time to the captivating varieties of species that make up the biodiversity of the planet. Housing over 2000 specimens of flora and fauna, this colossal seven-storied structure makes everyone stop and stare with sheer amazement at the wonders of the creation. From extinct sponges to skeletons of dinosaurs, from the largest turtle to the endangered pangolin, this museum teems with the rarest collections.
Highlight The entire museum is a world full of wonders. However, the fossils of three diplodocid sauropod dinosaurs adorning the museum with their soaring heights take the cake. Location Located within the campus of the National University of Singapore at 2 Conservatory Drive, this museum has convenient and easy ways to reach. The Kent Ridge Park MRT Station is the nearest to the museum. Buses 151 and 151E arrive directly at the National University of Singapore. Opening Hours Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Mondays: Closed (except on Public Holidays) Entry Fee For citizens and PRs: SGD 16 for adults, and SGD 9 for children, students, senior citizens and people with physical disabilities. For foreigners: SGD 21 for adults, and SGD 13 for children, students, senior citizens and people with physical disabilities.
Explore the rich artistic heritage of the wonderful cultures of Singapore and find out more about the Asian history preserved within the four walls of the palatial Asian Civilisations Museum. Concentrating mainly on the factors that connect Asia to the rest of the world, this gorgeous museum in Singapore is a storehouse of artefacts from the Chinese and Asian civilizations. Over 2000 antiquities are spread across three levels, which house 7 permanent galleries. While the first level takes you through the trade practices across Asia, the second level is mainly devoted to the Asian belief and faith. The third level, on the other hand, showcases the rare ceramic collection commencing from the Han dynasty up to the Qing dynasty.
The Khoo Teck Puat Gallery exhibits the 'Tang Shipwreck', displaying an Arab ship belonging to the 9th century which was rediscovered in the 20th century in the Java Sea.
The Asian Civilisations Museum is situated at 1 Empress Place.
Disembark at the Raffles Place MRT Station and take the Exit H. The museum is a four-minute walk away from here. You can also get on the bus 195 or 961 and alight at the High Street Supreme Court bus interchange, only three minutes away from the museum.
Saturday - Thursday: 10.00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
For citizens and PRs: SGD 12
For foreigners: SGD 20, SGD 60 for a family of 5, SGD 15 for students and senior citizens.
On Fridays from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM:
For citizens and PRs: SGD 6 for adults, free entry for students, senior citizens, and children below 6 years old.
For foreigners: SGD 10, and SGD 7.50 for students and senior citizens.
Devoted to the Peranakan culture in Singapore, the awe-inspiring Peranakan Museum is home to ten extraordinary galleries occupying three levels. Formerly, it used to be a part of the Asian Civilisations Museum, before the latter was shifted to a new place. Displaying some of the prime artefacts of the Peranakan culture, the spectacular museum houses a plethora of gorgeous jewellery, furniture, traditional attire as well as other displays which are rich in information. Walk through the galleries and see the mesmerising transformation and development of the Peranakan culture for yourself. Once you enter into the world that has been preserved within this museum, you are bound to spend a few pleasant hours even before realising it.
The Wedding Gallery on the second level displays the 12-day tradition of the beautiful Peranakan weddings, providing rich information about the coming of age, known as Chiu Thau, and the gift-exchanging ceremony, Lap Chai.
The Peranakan Museum is situated at 39 Armenian Street and is well-connected to major routes.
Both the Bras Barah and the City Hall Stations lie ten minutes away from the museum. You can also get on the bus 124, 147, 166, 174, 174E or 190 arrive at Stamford Ct, a two-minute walk from the museum.
Saturday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
For citizens and PRs: SGD 5
For senior citizens, students and children below 6 years: Free admission
Find out about the tales which speak of courage, bravery and heroism during the Battle of Pasir Panjang and uncover the personal stories of the martyrs of the Second World War in Reflections at Bukit Chandu. This museum in Singapore is devoted to the soldiers who laid their lives while fighting for their country while the Japanese Army outnumbered them and took Singapore over. Although this museum is not as grand as many of the others, it is one of the most beautiful museums which remind us of the heroic deeds of the courageous martyrs who fought until the end. The place is home to wax mannequins, rare artefacts, and video recordings from the 1900s. Spread across two levels, the museum uncovers the struggles, the political climate and the invasion of the Japanese during the Second World War.
On the second floor, the museum has a small theatre which screens a detailed account of the Battle of Pasir Panjang so that the visitors may understand more about the life and the struggles during the war.
The Reflections at Bukit Chandu is situated at 31K Pepys Road and is accessible both by private and public transportation.
Disembark at the Pasir Panjang MRT Station and take the Exit A. It is a short walk to the museum from there. Buses 10, 30, 51, 175, 176 and 188 will take you to the bus interchange Pasir Panjang Road, just six minutes away from the museum.
Tuesday - Sunday and Public Holidays: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Every person, regardless of their nationality, is granted free entry
A place like no other, the Trick Eye Museum is a world full of brilliance, excitement and surprises for one and all. This amazing structure is the first interactive four-dimensional museum in Singapore and is a part of the many attractions in Resort World Sentosa. First originating in Korea, the Trick Eye Museum indeed plays tricks on the eye with their six themes, namely- circus, winter, safari kingdom, masterpiece, fairytale, and adventure. The usage of augmented reality tricks the visitors into believing that they are a part of the world inside the Trick Eye Museum. So, go out in the wild without getting devoured by a carnivore, live the fairytale you always wanted to, be the ringmaster at a circus or spend time in a winter wonderland. The surprises in this truly wonderful museum are endless.
The Fairy Tale section of the Trick Eye Museum will take you back to the days of animated movies like Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland and Frozen, while you get to ride a magic carpet or have tea with the White Rabbit or sing 'Let it Go' on the ice.
The Trick Eye Museum is at 26 Sentosa Gateway, and you can get there either by your private car or by public transport.
The HarbourFront MRT Station is the nearest to the museum. You can also take the bus NR1, NR6, 188R, 963R or RWS8 and disembark at the bus interchange in Resort World Sentosa. It is a five-minute walk from the bus stop to the museum.
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM daily
For adults: SGD 25For children (between the ages of 4 and 12 years): SGD 20For senior citizens: SGD 20For families with 2 adults and a child/ senior: SGD 70For families with 2 adults and 2 children/ seniors: SGD 90Note: To avail discount on the tickets, book online.
The Chinese Heritage Centre is a prestigious research centre within the Nanyang University which doubles as an informative heritage museum in Singapore for the Chinese community outside China. Housing two permanent exhibitions, namely the 'Chinese More or Less' and the 'Nantah Pictorial', the centre aims at educating and spreading awareness among the visitors about Chinese culture and history. While the former exhibition showcases the theme of being Chinese, the latter traces the journey of Nanyang University through photographs and memorabilia. By hosting several lectures, international conferences and seminars, the centre works to nurture an understanding of the ethnicity, traditions and the history of the Chinese community.
A section of the Chinese More or Less Exhibition is devoted to ancient coins belonging to Taiwan and its neighbouring countries. This exhibition also features displays of Chinese calligraphy over the years.
Located at 12 Nanyang Drive, the Chinese Heritage Centre can be easily reached by both personal and public modes of transportation. You can either get down at the Pioneer MRT or take the bus 179 to reach the museum.
Monday - Friday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Closed on Public Holidays
For citizens and PRs: Free
For foreigners: SGD 4 for adults and SGD 2 for children.
Note: Guided tours cost SGD 15.
11. Indian Heritage Centre
As the name suggests, the Indian Heritage Centre traces the heritage, history and culture of the Indian community that resides in Singapore. The four-storied structure of architectural splendour houses five mesmerising permanent galleries, each showcasing different artefacts dedicated to Indian history and culture. Throughout the year, the centre is thronged with people who come to witness the exhibitions and take part in the workshops. From the early traditions to the current conventions, the gorgeous Indian Heritage Centre provides detailed and rich information about the diverse community. The most striking feature of this centre is its facade, which is designed like an Indian stepwell. Once you step into this place, you are bound to be charmed with its rich and rare collections.
The Indian Heritage Centre Resource Library draws in huge crowds to the storehouse of valuable and rich information about the Indian community, right from the 1st century to the present day.
Located at 5 Campbell Lane, the Indian Heritage Centre is well-connected to many routes.
From the Exit E of the Little India MRT, the centre lies within walking distance. Buses 23, 64, 65, 66, 67, 131, 139, 147, 857 will take you directly in front of the Tekka Centre, only 2 minutes away from the museum.
Tuesday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sundays and Public Holidays: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
For citizens, PRs and children below 6 years: Free
For foreigners: SGD 6 for adults, SGD 18 for families up to 5 members, and SGD 4 for senior citizens, students and people with disabilities.
Note: The primary caregiver is granted free admission.
A museum that doubles as a cultural centre, the Malay Heritage Centre is a repository of the rich history and heritage of the Malayan community in Singapore. It offers informative exposure into the world of the Malays and provides a number of opportunities to the visitors to get to know more and learn about them. By hosting year-round exhibitions and special programmes, the Malay Heritage Centre has become a significant heritage institution of the Lion City. Accommodated within two levels, this magisterial museum in Singapore houses eight galleries altogether, out of which six are permanent. In these galleries, you can trace the development of the Malay community and the transformations it had to undergo before reaching the position it is at, today.
The guided tours in the Malay Heritage Centre help you know more about the community and transport into a world of rich historical significance. Not only are these tours extremely rich in information, but they are also free of cost.
Situated at the Sultan Gate in Kampong Glam, the Malay Heritage Centre is easily accessible.
From the Exit B of the Bugis MRT, the museum takes only six minutes to reach on foot. On the other hand, buses 7, 61, 32, 51, 80, 145, 197 and 175 arrive at the Sultan Mosque which is only a minute away from the museum.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
For citizens and PRs: Free
Adults: SGD 6
For families up to 5 members: SGD 18
For senior citizens, students and handicapped people: SGD 4
Note: One caregiver accompanying the person with disabilities is granted free admission
Singapore's first music box museum, this unique heritage museum takes you through the journey of music boxes. Displaying the rise of the music boxes to the zenith to their ultimate fall before giving way to other music-producing instruments, the Singapore Musical Box Museum is one of a kind. According to historical sources, the Lion city had played an integral role in shaping and developing music boxes in the South-eastern part of Asia during the 19th and 20th centuries. The prime aim of this museum is to preserve such valuable artefacts for future generations so that they can take a look at the antiques that made up the previous generations. With music boxes hailing from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany and the United States, this enchanting museum gives a vivid idea about the wonderful craftsmanship over the years by showcasing varieties of music boxes.
Huge music boxes which are believed to be the precursors of the musical jukebox are located at the far-end of the museum. This wonderful piece of art has a piano, a bass drum, a triangle, a snare drum, and a mandolin inside it. To get this music box to start, you need to insert a coin.
Located at 168 Telok Ayer Street, this charming museum can be reached both by MRT and public buses.
From the Exit A at Telok Ayer MRT Station, it takes only two minutes on foot to reach the museum. You can also get on the bus 186 or 970, and you will be taken directly in front of the museum.
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
For adults: SGD 12
For students, senior citizens, and full-time National servicemen: SGD 6
Note: For families of 4 members or above, one person is granted free entrance.
With a collection of vintage toys which exceed 50,000, the Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys (MINT) Museum is a place that stands out from the rest. From Astro Boy to Batman, from teddy bears to comic books, this five-storey building is a shrine to some of the unique collections from over forty countries across the world. This beautiful museum in Singapore tugs at the nostalgic emotions that one feels while remembering the fun-filled days surrounded by cartoons and toys and board games. Apart from showcasing the huge and rare collection, the MINT Museum also hosts exhibitions and workshops, the latter giving an opportunity to kids to find their creative selves by assembling their own robots. All in all, this arresting museum is an exciting place to reconnect with your childhood.
The MINT Museum hosts monthly exhibitions, each showcasing a different toy collection. The themes of every month are unique and include a vast arena of toys beautifully spread out for the visitors to see.
The MINT Museum is located at 26 Seah Street and can be reached both by private and public transport.
The Esplanade MRT is the nearest to this museum, and it takes only four minutes on foot to reach here. The buses 7, 32, 61, 51, 63, 80, 145, 175, 197 and 851 arrive in front of the Cosmic Insurance Building which lies a minute away from the museum.
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM daily
Every last Saturday of the month: 9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
First day of Lunar New Year: Closed
For adults: SGD 15
For children and senior citizens: SGD 7.50
Free admission to everyone on the last Saturday of every month from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Singapore Philatelic Museum may very well be considered as the custodian of the prized treasure of Singapore's philatelic materials. With stamps and other philatelic archives which date back to the 1830s, this engrossing museum is where you can spot the world's first stamp and compare it to the stamps that we use today. With regular educational activities and special exhibitions, the Singapore Philatelic Museum makes tremendous efforts in keeping the history, culture and heritage of Singapore alive from the philatelic point of view. With three permanent exhibitions and several ever-changing ones, this museum has dodged the bullet of monotony. Every year, a grand interactive exhibition is hosted, with exciting themes like Star /Wars and Harry Potter.
The Heritage Room, one of the permanent galleries of the museum, takes you back in the past with various written records and postage stamps of the time when various migrant races came down to settle in Singapore as early as the 19th Century.
The Singapore Philatelic Museum is situated in 23-B Coleman Street and can be easily reached both by private vehicles and public transport.
The museum lies only five minutes away from the City Hall, Bras Barah and Clarke Quay MRT Stations. Buses 2, 32, 51, 61, 63, 80 and 197 will take you directly to the Armenian Church which is just a minute away from the museum.
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM daily
For citizens and PRs: Free
For foreigners: SGD 8 for adults, and SGD 6 for senior citizens, children below 13 years and handicapped people.
Note: Free admission is granted to a primary caregiver and children below 3 years.
Nestled between the Central Business District and Chinatown, the City Gallery is a three-storey museum in Singapore which houses fully detailed, huge replicas of the entire Central Area of Singapore. It was known as the URA Gallery before it acquired its present name. With beautiful exhibitions showing how the city underwent major transformations to stand as it does today, the Singapore City Gallery shows with vivid detail how the inspirational dreams and imagination took charge and formed the gorgeous city. The guided tours held on the last Saturday of every month will take you on a leisurely ride where you may learn more about the Lion City.
An arresting 270-degree sight and sound show is shown at the Singapore City Gallery which traces the various phases of progress that the city-state went through.
The Singapore City Gallery is located at 45 Maxwell Road. You can either go there by yourself or take the public transport.
The Tanjong Pagar MRT is the closest station. Buses 80 and 145 arrive directly at the Maxwell Food Road bus stop which is only a couple of minutes from the gallery.
Monday - Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Entry to this gallery is free of cost.
17. The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum
With over 60 species of tortoises and more than 200 turtles, the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum is situated in the Chinese Garden of Singapore. The place hosts extraordinary, fun-filled activities and has a special corner where you can pet these adorable creatures. Apart from the live creatures, the museum also showcases toys, ornaments and other artefacts which are related to these animals. From the ferocious Alligator turtle to the beautiful Radiated tortoise, the museum is home to the rarest species of these amniotes. The ponds in this museum teem with fishes and other aquatic animals. According to the Chinese belief, tortoises and turtles bring good fortune and are symbols of longevity. This museum works to preserve and nurture these wonderful creations of nature.
In this museum, you can witness the rare six-legged turtle with two heads, named 'Double Happiness' by the museum staff.
Located at 1 Chinese Garden Road, the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum is accessible by MRT, buses and private cars.
The museum is a five-minute walk away from Exit B of the Chinese Garden MRT Station. Buses 49 and 154 arrive at the Yuan Ching Road bus interchange, six minutes away from the museum.
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM daily.
There is no entry fee.
18. Singapore Chinese Opera Museum
Tracing through the progress and development of the Chinese Operas in the urban jungle of Singapore, the Chinese Opera Museum in Singapore is nestled in the Kampong Glam. The displays of this glorious museum revolve around the various revolutionary operas that came into existence as soon as the Chinese set foot in this country. Here, the history of the development of the Teochew, Cantonese, Hokkien, Qiong, and the Yue Operas are showcased wonderfully. This tranquil tourist community centre also exhibits the rise of the Chinese Drama in Singapore, including the ones from Beijing, Fujian and Chao.
The Singapore Chinese Opera Museum is managed by the Chinese Opera Association which promotes and encourages local operas to perform at the drama concerts held here.
The Singapore Chinese Opera Museum is located at 100 Sultan Plaza.
The Bugis MRT Station is the nearest to the museum. From the Exit B, the museum takes only six minutes to reach on foot. You can also embark on the bus 100, 107, 961 or 980 and alight at the Sultan Plaza bus stop. It takes just a minute to reach the museum on foot.
Also known as the Fort Canning Bunker, the Battlebox is rich in its historical significance since it was within these four walls that the British had decided to hand over Singapore to Japan in 1942. The location of this historical museum is out of the ordinary, being housed 30 feet below the Fort Canning Hill. Before the surrender, the Battlebox used to be an underground command centre of the British during the Second World War. The bunker was sealed three years after the surrender and was rediscovered by a Straits Times Journalist in 1988. After that, it was refurbished and made accessible to the public eye. However, it again faced an unfortunate closure in 2012. Four years later it was finally open to locals and tourists alike.
The arresting Battlebox tour 'A Story of Strategy and Surrender' takes you into the past with its stories of the fall of Singapore and the functioning of the bunker.
Located in 2 Cox Terrace, the Battlebox lies close to the Fort Canning Hotel.
Disembark in Dhobi Ghat MRT, the nearest station, and take the Exit A. Clemenceau Avenue is the nearest bus stop and if you get on the bus 64, 123, 139 or 143, you will have to walk only for just four minutes to reach the museum from the stop.
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM daily
Entry to the Battlebox is through guided tours only.
For adults: SGD 18 for 'The Battlebox Tour' and SGD 32 for 'Of Graves, Guns and Battles Tour'
For children between 7 - 12 years: SGD 9 for 'The Battlebox Tour' and SGD 15 for 'Of Graves, Guns and Battles Tour.'
Note: The Battlebox deems the tours unsuitable for children below the age of seven years.
20. Vintage Cameras Museum
Designed like a camera with its lens as the entrance, the Vintage Cameras Museum in Singapore has over a thousand cameras on display, starting from the replica of the gargantuan camera which is the world's first, to the 11-gram camera of the present day. From spy cameras to pigeon cameras, from 3D cameras to walking stick cameras, this picturesque museum is a sight to behold. Here you can uncover the untold story of the cameras and find out more about the transformations that the vintage camera underwent to function as it does today.
The museum is home to an authentic replica of the first photograph ever taken with the world's first camera, along with several other rare collections which feature enthralling facts.
The Vintage Cameras Museum is located at the 8C and 8D Jalan Kledek and is easily accessible by MRT and buses.
From the Exit B of the Bugis MRT Station, it takes 6 minutes to reach the museum. Buses 2, 12, 33 and 133 will drop you off at the Jalan Kledek bus interchange, just a minute away from the museum.
10:30 AM - 9:30 PM daily
SGD 20 for adults, SGD 15 for senior citizens and children below 12 years, and free for children up to 5 years old
21. Changi Chapel and Museum
Changi Chapel and Museum is a place that stores the horrors of WWII, showcasing the cause and consequences of the war through its varied collection. Narrating the story of sufferings of Singapore under the attack of Japanese soldiers, the Changi Chapel and Museum displays the profound fear of WWII. The museum houses the photographs, personal objects, letters that are now proving to the incarceration of more than 50,000 civilians and soldiers in Changi Prison. Right in the middle of the museum in the open-air courtyard is the Changi Chapel, a replica of several other chapels that were built during WWII. The monument symbolizes the refusal of Japanese rule by the people of Singapore.
Changi Chapel and Museum is a place that stores the horrors of WWII, showcasing the cause and consequences of the war through its varied collection.
1000 Upper Changi Road North, Singapore 507707
9.30 AM-5 PM, Daily
No Admission fee. Tour cost: INR 500
22. Science Centre, Singapore
Science Centre Singapore is a fantastic place to learn and have fun at the same time. The place conducts many shows like the Tesla Coil and themed exhibits indoors and outdoors. The Snow City and the Omni-theatre are bound to leave you amazed. The Science Centre has got its very own KidsSTOP where kids learn about science while indulging in many fun activities. This place is ideal for a family outing. There are new things for all to learn and participate in.
Omni Theatre is a dome 8K theatre that will make you feel like you've travelled out, into space.
15 Science Centre Rd, Singapore
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Closed Mondays
INR 1500 per person
23. NUS Museum
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. The main aim of this university museum is to clear the way for facilitating both the cultural and intellectual lives not only within the campus but beyond it. Through regular development of the collections as well as curatorial practice, the prestigious museum contributes to the preservation of knowledge.
Highlight Displayed at the NUS Baba House, the Straits Chinese collection catalogues the Peranakan Chinese History around the twentieth century and assists in promoting the study of cultural encounters and migrations. Location 50 Kent Ridge Cres, Singapore Timings 10:00 Am to 6:00 PM, Closed On Mondays and Sundays Entry Fee Students and Staff - Free Entry, Public - INR 800 per person
24. 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. Please book two weeks in advance.
Highlights Don't miss the exhibit 'Downward Force on Upward Moving Objects' by Wang Luyan Location 600 North Bridge Rd, Level 3 Parkview Square, Singapore Timings Monday to Saturday: 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM Entry Fee None
25. Red Dot Design Museum
The Red Dot Museum is a boutique museum along Marina Bay District. The façade of the museum is made of glass and is unquestionably one of the most notable works of architecture in Singapore. The origin of this museum lies in the Red Dot Award which was first held in Germany. It is the physical embodiment of the same. Since 2005, which is when it was opened, it has been showcasing stellar works of product and industrial design on an international level. It is one of the finest museums in Asia and one of its kind. It houses 2,000 exhibits in conjunction with its sister museum namely, Essen all of which have won the Red Dot Design Award.
Highlight 200+ award-winning products on the exhibition. Location 11, Marina Blvd, 018940 Opening Hours 10 AM – 8 PM Entry Fee Pay as you wish but for a non-Singaporean resident, it is a minimum of SGD 6.Free admission for children aged 6 and below. Note Present your Viator booking confirmation at the museum counter in exchange for the admission card.
26. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
The Buddha tooth relic temple and museum in Singapore is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Buddha. It is located in the heart of Singapore and attracts millions of tourists annually. The name of the temple, especially the tooth part comes from what the Buddhists regard as the left canine tooth, which has been found from his pyre in India and displayed in the temple’s grounds. The statue of Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic or Lord Buddha it houses is made of 320 kilograms of gold which has been generously donated to it by its many devotees. This temple is a place of worship for all the Buddhist followers and admirers of Buddhist wisdom and the museum houses artefacts of religious relevance.
Highlight Eminent Sangha Museum- a theatre displaying cultural performances, talks and film hearings Location 288 S Bridge Road, Singapore 058840 Opening Hours 9am- 6pm Entry Fee Free NoteWeekly tours are free of charge, which are conducted by the volunteer guides. So make sure you utilize this opportunity to soak in as much information as you can, on your visit.
27. Singapore Discovery Centre
The Singapore Discovery Centre is a local history museum situated in the Jurong District of Singapore. It is a source of ‘edutainment’ displaying articles of the past and giving an insight into the future of Singapore. It provides for a great day outing for kids and adults alike to learn more about Singapore. The museum has several interactive pieces spread throughout the floors to break the monotony. It has something for all kinds of people and age groups with an amazing art gallery, bus tour to Singapore Military Institute outdoor play area and science museum at their disposal.
Highlight The art gallery is a must visit Location 510 Upper Jurong Road638365 Opening Hours 9am -6pm Entry Fee SDG 10 for adults and SDG 6 for children
28. Fort Siloso
Back during WWII, Singapore was under the control of the British. During this colonisation, the Japanese tried to invade Singapore. In response to this invasion, the British turned the guns of Fort Siloso (an important trading post) towards Singapore for defence purposes. The Fort has since been regarded highly by the natives. It has now been converted into a museum displaying coastal gun and gun batteries dating back to WWII. This museum in Singapore is in the form of a fort with renovations made wherever necessary. It is perfect for spending half a day exploring with family and friends.
Highlight The Surrender Chambers have been reopened and display a refreshing exhibition and is totally free of cost. Location Siloso Road, 099981 Opening Hours 10am- 6pm. Last entry at 5:30 Entry Fee Free admission Note: Before you leave, don't forget to write a message of peace on the famous Wall of Happiness.
29. Maritime Experiential Museum
The Maritime Experiential Museum is a famous museum in Resorts World Sentosa. It is built on the Jewel of Muscat. The Jewel of Muscat is an exact replica of the Arab ship gifted by the Sultanate of Oman to the government and people of Singapore. It houses various models and seeks to explain the maritime industry of Singapore. It has various interactive kiosks for children and adults alike. The museum is a perfect place for learning and spending quality time with your children and family. It is the perfect place for learning and you may book an online tour to do the same.
Highlight The Maritime Silk Route is a must-visit for history fanatics and tourists alike. It is a combination of 15 thematic galleries, each dedicated to renowned seafarers or pirates. Location 31 Marina Coastal Drive Level 2. 018988 Opening Hours 9am- 6pm Entry Fee Free admission Note: Consumption of food and beverages, as well as smoking, is strictly prohibited.
30. The Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum
The Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum is a small museum in Singapore showcasing the tradition of the Air force established in 1968. The museum displays numerous historical aircraft and aviation device. The museum is built on 2 levels. The first level seeks to display the basic devices and weapons. The second floor or level 2 takes you inside those huge air crafts to get a real feel. The exhibits are well maintained and preserved in excellent condition.
Highlight A part of the museum is dedicated to interactive displays and role-playing games. They seek to impart knowledge through games. It combines knowledge with games which is quite fun. Location 400 Airport Road Paya Lebar Air Base,Singapore 534234 Opening Hours Tuesday to Sunday 8.30am to 5.00pm Closed on Monday and Public Holidays. Entry Fee Free Admission
31. The Singapore Sports Museum
The Singapore Sports Museum was built in the 19th century to showcase the sporting tradition of Singapore. It was opened in May for the public to visit and explore. Coincidently, the SEA games were also held in that same year. It is Singapore’s first sports-related Museum. It displays articles and valuable information regarding sports training and international sporting organizations. The museum has sourced articles and information from Singapore as well as the international front. The museum is divided into 5 sections. Each section is dedicated to one aspect of the long-held tradition. They include the history of Singapore sports, an area highlighting the best athletes in Singapore, details about traditional games in Singapore, an Olympic section, a dedication to the Kallang Roar.
Highlight You must visit the permanent gallery which boasts an impressive display of exhibits donated by both athletes and fans Location 1 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397629 Singapore Sports HubWest Entrance of the National Stadium Opening Hours 10am-8pm 9 am to 9 pm on the weekend and public holidays Entry Fee Free for natives. Adult- $10Child/ senior citizen- $5 Note The entire museum is wheelchair accessible. Flash photography and filming are not allowed in the Museum.
32. The Civil Defence Heritage Gallery
The civil defence heritage gallery is the most engrossing museum in Singapore. It manages to capture the modification in the equipment since the 19th century. It showcases the rich history of the Singapore Civil Defence Forces. It allows visitors to grasp the historical past of the machinery and its significance in the history of Singapore. A guided tour is arranged to make your visit more worthwhile. The walk-in can also enjoy the audio guides which are available in numerous different languages including English, Malay, Japanese, and Mandarin. Adding to all of this, visitors can also have a tour of the tower.
Highlight Don’t forget to tour the gallery showcasing the fire trucks and uniforms worn by the firefighters in the past. The gallery follows the slow transition from the past to the present-day uniform. Location 62 Hill Street, Singapore 179367 Opening Hours 10am- 5pm. Closed on Mondays Entry Fee Free admission.
33. Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds is a blend of glitz and glamour situated on the Sentosa island. It is a wax museum featuring remarkable politicians, prominent superstars, sports icons, including Yusof Ishak, Sukarno, Lee Kuan Yew, Shahrukh Khan, Johnny Depp and many more. When entering the museum you will be greeted by Lady Gaga. It is not just about the wax frames but one can gain experiences more than that. Each wax figure is accompanied by a note describing who they are and their contribution to their field of expertise. The museum is divided into several parts, each showcasing notable members of different spheres including cinema, games or reality TV.
Highlight There are actor-led shows directed, also adding to it, there are boat rides arranged, a marvel 4D show and VR Racing experience. Location Imbia Lookout of Sentosa Island Entry Fee $42 (Adult) $32 (Child) Time 10 am – 6 pm Note Online payments for the tickets are accepted and the tickets are valid up to 3 months from the date of purchase. The prices of tickets are cheaper online.
The list wasn't quite like you expected, was it? As you already know by now, the museums of Singapore are so much more than just a part of school excursions. They are much more than a place where nerds go and hang out. They are amazing places where you can lose yourself for hours! So, while planning an itinerary, don't forget to keep a slot free for these beauties and have a memorable time!