Museums in Singapore
Have a surreal experience as you watch history come alive at the museums. With interactive exhibits, vivid replications of historical moments, heritage artifacts and photo evidence among others, you’ll find out all there is to know about Singapore’s past.
Start at the National Museum of Singapore, and explore more about Singapore’s multiple ethnic cultures by visiting the Peranakan Museum, the Asian Civilizations Museum and the Malay Heritage Center – just a few of the many museums you’ll find in Singapore.
ASIAN CIVILIZATION MUSEUM
The Asian Civilizations Museum is devoted to offering an integrated presentation of pan-Asian culture. It maintains five permanent exhibitions, in addition its calender of special exhibits. Four of these display artifacts, arts and crafts from China, Southeast, South and West Asia, while the Singapore River gallery displays artifacts drawn from Singapore’s long history as a center for trade, such as 14th-century Chinese ceramics. The main museum is in the restored, colonial-era Empress Place building on the riverfront, roughly a five minute walk from the Raffles Place MRT station.
Mon: 1pm-7pm, Tue-Thur, Sun: 9am-7pm Fri: 9am-9pm
Adults: $8 – Concession*: $4
(* foreign students & seniors 60 years old and above.)
CHANGI CHAPEL & MUSEUM
This museum is a reminder of Singapore’s more harrowing historical moments. During World War II, three years of conflict with the Japanese before capitulation saw 50,000 civilians and soldiers imprisoned in Changi Prison . The chapel, housed within the open-air courtyard, was first built in 1988 by the wartime prison inmates, and is now a monument to those prisoners of war. Photographs, drawings and letters in the museum depict the daily life of the prisoners, but the highlight of the exhibition is a series of paintings, called the Changi Murals, recreated from those painted by British PoW Stanley Warren. Services are conducted by the Changi Christian Fellowship every Sunday 1730-1900. There are daily guided tours on the hour.
Daily 9.30am – 5pm
Including Public holidays
SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM
Housed in what was once the mid-19th century building of St. Joseph’s mission school, the Singapore Art Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of contemporary and modern southeast Asian artwork. It displays both traveling international exhibitions, as well as a rotating selection drawn from its permanent collection of over 7,000 southeast Asian artworks and 1,000 international prints. This makes the Singapore Art Museum the kind of place where if you make two visits six months apart, you are likely to be confronted by a new and different collection of artwork on display. The museum’s amenities include a gift shop, a cafe and two restaurants, the Trattoria Lafiandra and the Via Mar.
Mon to Sun 10.00am – 7.00pm (Last admission is at 6.15pm)
Fri 10.00am – 9.00pm
Adult – $10
Student – $5
Senior citizen aged 60 and above – $5
Groups of 20 or more – 20% discount
ART SCIENCE MUSEUM AT MARINA BAY
This unique lotus-shaped museum is designed as a symbolic welcome to guests, is Singapore’s premier destination for major international touring exhibitions from the most renowned collections in the world
The world’s first ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands is the Museum of Creativity, where the creative processes at the heart of art and science and their role in shaping society are explored.
Featuring 21 gallery spaces totaling 50,000 square feet, the boldly iconic lotus-inspired ArtScience Museum is also the premier venue for major international touring exhibitions from the most renowned collections in the world.
Including public holidays
Last admission at 9pm
For Admission Charges visit their website
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE
Founded in 1887, the National Museum is the oldest in Singapore. The museum building is a late 19th-century neo-classical structure with a modernist, glass-and-steel extension. Although the National Museum covers wide range of subjects, among its permanent exhibitions are two art-related galleries displaying aspects of “Singapore Living,” including the Film and Wayang Gallery and the Photography Gallery. The specific exhibits of these galleries rotate, but not the general type of materials displayed within. The National Museum also has special exhibitions drawn from both domestic sources and traveling international exhibitions, and these typically contain additional artworks. There are also Singaporean artworks on display in the building and on the grounds as part of the decor, and the museum conducts regular cinema series.
|Singapore History Gallery
Daily 10am – 6pm(last admission: 5.30pm)
|Singapore Living Galleries
Daily 10am – 8pm
(last admission: 7.30pm)
|Daily free admission from 6pm – 8pm|
Student (tourist with valid student pass); & Senior (tourist 60 years and above): S$5
Family Package (3 adults & 2 children): S$30
Child 6 years and under; Student (Singapore or Permanent Resident with valid student pass); NSF (with valid 11B pass) & Senior (Singaporean or Permanent Resident 60 years and above) 10% discount for groups of more than 20 people (prior booking required)
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE MUSEUM
The National University of Singapore’s Center for the Arts operates its own museum, quite off the beaten tourist path followed by many visitors to Singapore. It maintains a trio of permanent exhibitions: the Chinese ceramics, jades and bronzes of the Lee Kong Chian Art Museum; the rotating artworks of the South and Southeast Asian Gallery; and a gallery devoted to the work of Ng Eng Teng. The museum also has several special exhibits on display at any given time.The National University’s campus is situated in eastern Singapore, and the nearest MRT stop is the green line’s Dover Station. NUS Museum University Cultural Center 50 Kent Ridge Crescent National University of Singapore Singapore 119279 011 (+65) 65168817 nus.edu.sg
Mondays to Thursdays 8.30am to 6.00pm
Fridays 8.30am to 5.30pm
Weekends & Public Holidays Closed
The Peranakan Museum is considered the authority on Peranakan culture in the world. Also known as Straits Chinese, the Peranakans were the early Chinese immigrants to Indonesia during the 15th and 16th centuries who eventually settled in Malaysia and Singapore.
The Peranakan Museum hosts collections of artifacts, furniture, and era clothing. More about Malaysian culture and people.
Opening Hours: Mondays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
The museum is open until 9 p.m. on Fridays.
SINGAPORE PHILATELIC MUSEUM
Philately is the study of stamps and postage history. Strangely, the Singapore Philatelic Museum focuses on exactly that and somehow manages to keep a visit interesting. Even if you do not have an interest in stamps, the photos on the stamps all relate to historic events and happenings of cultural significance.
Before leaving the museum, try printing your own personalized stamps to give as souvenirs.
Hours: Mondays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
CHINATOWN HERITAGE CENTER
The colorful past of Chinatown comes alive within the walls of these three beautifully-restored shophouses along Pagoda Street, comfortably nestled in the midst of Singapore’s bustling Chinatown district.
Every nook and cranny in the Chinatown Heritage Center pulsates with the memories of yesteryear, offering an experience like no other, as one is transported to Chinatown in the budding years of Singapore’s establishment as a seaport.
From the desperate hopefulness of the many sinkheh (migrants) risking life and limb to embark on an arduous journey from various Chinese provinces to the promised land of Singapore, to the raw, seedy and underground practices of gambling dens and secret societies, be prepared to experience a sense of nostalgia and sentimentality as you step into the pages of Chinatown’s history.
The Chinatown Heritage Center is the only place in Singapore that has recreated the original interiors of its shop house tenants in the 1950s, offering visitors an honest, revealing glimpse into the lives of Chinatown’s early residents.
Address: 48 Pagoda Street. Singapore
Opening Hours: 9am to 8pm daily (last entry at 7pm)
Admission fees: Adult $10 Child (3-12years) $6
SINGAPORE COINS & NOTES MUSEUM
The Singapore Coins and Notes Museum is the first and only museum in Singapore dedicated to displaying currency. Showcasing the evolution of Singapore’s currency from the 1800s to present day through intimate and novel exhibits, it aims to provide an interesting learning journey to local visitors and tourists alike.
Enter the world of coins and notes from pre- and post-independence Singapore, and find out how foreign coins and notes eventually gave way to Singapore-made currency that was vital in her early nation building days.
With a range of currency from the earliest objects used for barter trade to the latest cutting-edge polymer notes on display, the Museum is also a showcase of the innovative excellence of the Singapore Mint and the Monetary Authority of Singapore in the design and production of world-renowned coins and notes.
For the curious and young-at-heart, let the Singapore Coins and Notes Museum satisfy your inquisitive mind. Do not miss our interactive and educational displays, which includes an interesting section on the peculiar ways which coins and notes are used for weddings, ornamentation and other purposes in different cultures.
Get your hands on gold, silver and other metal bars to learn more about the metals commonly used in the manufacture of coins at the hands-on area. You can also make your own coin rubbings to bring home as souvenirs.
Address: 40 Pagoda St, Level 1, Singapore
Opening hours: Open daily 10am-8pm
Adults – S$10
Children (3-12 yrs) – S$6
National Serviceman and students – S$6
Senior Citizens (above 60 years old) – S$6
Family – S$25 (2 Adults + 2 Children)
SINGAPORE MINT MUSEUM OF TOYS
Mint (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys), the world’s first purpose-built museum for toys, is located at 26 Seah Street, in the Arts & Heritage district of Singapore. The museum showcases an extensive collection of vintage toys, including rare and unique one-of-a-kind toys.
Whether you are a child at heart or an avid toy collector, The Mint Museum of Toys has something for everyone. Housed in a contemporary five-storey building, it boasts a rich mix of nostalgia, education and inspiration.
The Museum’s boutique café offers you a contemporary menu complemented by a fine wine selection. As you sit down for a meal or a short break, enjoy collectables that are thematically linked to the toys in the main exhibition.A
Address: 26 Seah Street Singapore
Child (2 to 12 years old) $7.50
Senior Citizens (60 years and above) $7.50
Free admission for children below 2 years old
4 pax; 2 adults & 2 children $36
4 pax; 3 adults & 1 child $42
Groups and seasonal rates available