Ranked 23 among Places to Visit in Singapore
Ideal Time: 2 - 3 hours
Dating back to 1849, the National Museum of Singapore is the oldest museum in Singapore. It is one of the four national museums of Singapore. The building preserves its pristine 19th-century colonial architecture, serving as a cultural and architectural landmark of the country. The galleries at this museum highlight the rich history and development of the nation.
The Singapore History Gallery is the chief attraction of this fascinating museum, where a story-telling approach comprising of various perspectives has been adopted to detail Singapore's past, all the way from the 14th century. There are 11 permanent galleries at this informative treasure trove, where one can see not just the history of the country, but the development of its culture, and the history and transformation of its landscape. Its extensive resource centre houses about 15,000 publications relating to the cultural studies, design, and history of Singapore. A ramp spiral within the building leads to the exhibition of the national treasures of Singapore like the Singapore Stone.
Apart from its vast collection of data, the National Museum also hosts workshops, film screenings, story-telling sessions, and activities designed to engage the whole family. A 250-seat auditorium The famous Night Festival of Singapore sees the building beautifully lit up with vivid light installations arranged for this event. One can end their visit to the museum by enjoying a relaxing meal at one of the restaurants present here, or buy souvenirs at the retail store of the museum.
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