Singapore Museums

A major port in a major shipping route, Singapore has seen a great deal of history over the centuries as the city has changed hands from local inhabitants to Srivijayan Princes, the East India Trading company, British colonial rule and Japanese occupation. The small city state was the scene of a major Allied defeat during World War II and still has remnants of military battles and occupation.

A visit to one of Singapore’s many museums can take you on a journey through the many different pasts this country has seen. Choose between military history, the progress of Asian civilisation, or delve into the many different cultures that have made Singapore home over the centuries.

The diversity of Singapore’s cultural history has also led to the development of a wonderfully eclectic collection of art. Visit a range of different culture’s museums and art galleries and experience the uniqueness of what has come out of this mix. There are many museums with free entry, but those with admission prices are very affordable and worth checking out. 

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Singapore City Tour Including Alive Museum Admission

Singapore City Tour Including Alive Museum Admission

More InfoDrive past the significant monuments of the Civic District before stopping at the one-of-a-kind Merlion Park to take in impressive views of Marina Bay. Visit Singapore's oldest Buddhist-Taoist temple, Thian Hock Keng Temple. Be captivated by the blooms at National Orchid Garden before arriving at the fascinating enclave of Little India. Conclude the tour at Alive Museum, Singapore's brand new fun and entertainment destination.

 

Experience Trick Art: Alive Museum Singapore Admission

Experience Trick Art: Alive Museum Singapore Admission

More InfoAt Alive Museum Singapore, you don’t just look at the artwork — you can actually touch it! View dozens of interactive exhibits brought alive with 3-D painting, shading and drawing techniques that create visual illusions and sensory effects. Your admission ticket gets you up close as you look beyond your initial impressions of the art, including nine locally themed paintings.

 

Singapore Museums - Free Admission

National Museum of Singapore

Admission: Free
Opening hours: 10am - 7pm Daily
Address: 93 Stamford Road
Web: www.nationalmuseum.sg

The National Museum of Singapore dates back to 1887 and was designed to be "the people's museum." It showcases exhibitions, artefacts and innovative ways to represent history.

Art Retreat Museum

Admission: Free
Opening hours: 11am - 6pm Tuesdays to Saturdays
Address: 10 Ubi Crescent, Ubi Techpark
Web: www.artretreatmuseum.com

In 2003, Indonesian art collector Kwee Swie Teng founded the Art Retreat. With a vast collection of modern Asian and European art it is Singapore's first private art museum.

Changi Chapel & Museum

Admission: Free
Opening hours: 9:30am - 5pm Daily
Address: 1000 Upper Changi Road North
Web: www.changimuseum.sg

Built by the Changi Prison inmates, the Chapel is housed within the open air courtyard of the Museum. It stands as a monument to the 50,000 civilians and soldiers imprisoned and the agony caused by the Japanese Occupation from 1942 to 1945.

Civil Defence Heritage Gallery

Admission: Free
Opening hours: 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Sunday
Address: 62 Hill Street

Located inside the Central Fire Station, the gallery was built in 1909 to teach Singapore's visitors about its civil defence developments and colonial past.

NUS Museums

Admission: Free
Opening hours: 10am - 7:30pm Tuesday to Fridays, 10am - 6pm Saturday & Sunday
Address: University Cultural Centre, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent
Web: www.nus.edu.sg/museum

The National University of Singapore - "NUS" - is a treasure chest full of artworks and cultural artefacts with a distinct focus on Asia. The museum's mission is to actively contribute to the academic life and intellectual pursuit of the NUS community.

Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum

Admission: Free
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5pm Tuesday to Sunday
Address: 400 Airport Road
Web: view site

Military and aviation buffs will love the Air Force Museum - explore the past, present and the future in a series of both indoor and outdoor displays themed "Men, Machine and Method".

Republic of Singapore Navy Museum

Admission: Free
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5pm Monday to Friday
Address: 32 Admiralty Road West, Endurance Block

With historic photographs, antique marine equipment and high tech missiles on show, the Navy Museum will interest every sea lover.

SGH Museum

Admission: Free
Opening hours: 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am - 1pm Saturday, Closed Sunday & Public Holiday
Address: The Bowyer Block at Singapore General Hospital, Outram Road
Web: www.sgh.com.sg

Explore the rich and varied history of Singapore's medical past and the history of the Singapore General Hospital which dates back over 190 years. 

Singapore Mint Coin Gallery

Admission: Free
Opening hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday
Address: 20 Teban Gardens Crescent
Web: www.singaporemint.com

Visit The Singapore Mint Coin Gallery, home to an extensive collection of coins, medals and medallions from around the world.

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Army Museum of Singapore

Admission: Adult $5, Child $3
Opening hours: 10am - 6pm Tuesdays to Sundays
Address: 520 Upper Jurong Road
Web: www.armymuseum.sg

From pre-independnce to Singapore's current day Army, journey through Singapore's turbulent history and celebrate those who have helped defend this beautiful city.

Asian Civilisation Museum

Admission: Adult $8, Child $4
Opening hours: 10am - 7pm Daily, 10am - 9pm Fridays
Address: 1 Empress Place, Singapore
Web: www.acm.org.sg

The first wing of the Asian Civilisations Museum focuses on the rich heritage of the Peranakans. The second wing focuses on the Indian, Chinese, Southeast Asian and Islamic cultures of the world.

Chinatown Heritage Centre

Admission: Adult $9.80, Child $6.30
Opening hours: 9am - 8pm Daily
Address: 48 Paoda Street
Web: www.chinatownheritagecentre.sg

Trace the lives of Chinatown's early occupants within this three level shophouse. Every nook and cranny of the centre has a piece of history offering an insight in the past. There are also recreations of the original interiors of shophouse tenants in the 1950s.

Hua Song Museum

Admission: Adult $8.40, Child $5.25
Opening hours: 9am - 6pm Tuesday to Sunday
Address: 262 Pasir Panjang Road (inside Haw Par Villa)

The name Hua Song means "In praise of the Chinese Community." The museum was built for that reason, so Singaporean Chinese and visitors could learn more about the rich Chinese heritage.

Images of Singapore

Admission: Adult $10, Child $7
Opening hours: 9am - 7pm Daily
Address: 40 Cable Car Road, Sentosa
Web: view site

The 21st century meets the 14th century when state of the art technology brings the sights, sounds and smells of Singapore's bygone eras to life. All the legends, facts and folklore of the past are creatively put together in an "I am there" experience.

Malay Heritage Centre

Admission: Adult $4, Child $2, under 6 free
Opening hours: 10am - 6pm Tuesday to Sunday
Address: 85 Sultan Gate
Web: www.malayheritage.org.sg

Trace the history of Singapore's Malay people, from original living conditions to modern film making and everything inbetween. You can take a guided tour of the centre when you visit, or even take a virtual tour on the website.

MINT Museum of Toys

Admission: Adult $15, Child $7.50
Opening hours: 9.30am - 6.30pm Daily
Address: 26 Seah Street
Web: www.emint.com

Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys "MINT" is the world's first museum dedicated to celebrating toys. It;s the largest collection of rare, vintage and unique toys in Southeast Asia.

Nei Xue Tang

Admission: Adult $5, Child $3
Opening hours: 10am - 5pm Daily
Address: 235 Cantonment Road
Web: www.neixuetang.org

Nei Xue Tang is a private museum containing Chinese, Thai and Cambodian Buddhist artifacts, relics, anitiquities and art works. You will also find Buddhist pieces from Japan, Gandhara, China and Indonesia.

Peranakan Museum

Admission: Adult $6, Child $3
Opening hours: 10am - 7pm Daily, 10am - 9pm Fridays
Address: 39 Armenian Street
Web: www.peranakanmuseum.sg

The Peranakan Museum is home to the most extensive collection of Peranakan artifacts in the world. 

red dot design museum

Admission: Adult $8, Child $4
Opening hours: 11am - 6pm Weekdays, 11am - 8pm Saturday & Sunday
Address: 28 Maxwell Road
Web: www.museum.red-dot.sg

The Asian art scene is growing and achieving greatness. The red dot design museum embodies the ideals of the red dot design awards as it looks towards the future for the next great idea or trend. See the latest trends in the international design scene with a collection of over 1,000 exhibits in product design and communication design.

Singapore Art Museum

Admission: Adult $8, Student $4
Opening hours: 10am - 7pm Monday to Sunday, 10am - 9pm Friday
Address: 71 Bras Basah Road
Web: www.singaporeartmuseum.sg

The Singapore Art Museum is home to the largest public collection of 20th century Singapore and Southeast Asian art in the world.

Singapore Philatelic Museum

Admission: Adult $6, Child $4
Opening hours: 1pm - 7pm Monday, 9:30am - 7pm Tuesday to Sunday
Address: 23B Coleman Street
Web: www.spm.org.sg

This historic building is home to an extensive collection of local and international stamps dating as far back as the 1930s. The displays paint a picture of history from the last two centuries that will entertain history buffs and anyone that ever had a stamp collection.

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