Singapore Museums and Galleries
It's only natural that Singapore would have a raft of good museums to choose from. The city-state's history is rich in pickings in several different areas. The rather sombre but fascinating Changi Prison Chapel and Museum is a stark reminder of the sufferings of WW II while the colourful Chinatown Heritage Centre and the Peranakan Museum each explore and explain different cultural facets of the Straits Chinese.
The Singapore Navy Museum and the Philatelic Museum are both self explanatory but nonetheless recommended while the oldest museum in Singapore - the National Museum - is also the largest and is a regular treasure trove of films, clothes, and attractive trinkets.Read More
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Shaped like an outstretched hand – or perhaps even a bunch of bananas – the ArtScience Museum sits on the waterfront in the shadow of Marina Bay Sands, and provides the city with ever changing displays, from Dali to Harry Potter. A place of great interest for children and adults, a visit here is both entertaining and educational, exploring the links between art and science. The gallery is impossible to miss, on the bay side walkway of the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel, ten minutes’ walk from Bayfront MRT Station. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 22:00 (last admission at 21:00)
- Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
- Tel: +65 6688 8868
A visit to Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) – one of Singapore’s most acclaimed national museums – is a great way to take a journey through the interesting pan-Asian arts and culture scene. The first as well as one of its kind in the country, Asian Civilisations Museum was developed with the prime objective to provide a deep insight into the diverse Asian cultures whose integration, in turn, is the rich base for the present multi-ethnic society in Singapore. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sun - Thu 10:00 – 19:00, Fri 10:00 - 21:00
- Address: 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555, a 5-minute walk from the Raffles Place MRT station
- Tel: +65 6332 7798
This sobering museum is situated at Changi Prison which is still being used as a prison today. It gives a glimpse of the life of prisoners of war during the Japanese Occupation of World War II. Next to the museum is a replica of the simple chapel built by Allied prisoners during their internment. Pinned to the building are notes from people who lost loved ones in Changi. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:30 - 17:00 (last admission at 16:30)
- Address: 1000 Upper Changi Road North, Singapore 507707
- Tel: +65 6214 2451
- Price Range: No admission fee
Chinatown Heritage Centre
Singapore offers many excellent museums. Visit the Chinatown Heritage Centre if you want to learn more about the rich history of old Chinatown and life of its migrants in Singapore.
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 21:00 (last admission at 20:00)
- Address: 48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207, not far from Pagoda Street exit of Chinatown MRT station
- Tel: +65 6221 9556
- Price Range: SG$ 10 for Adult and SG$ 6 for Child (3-12 years)
Images of Singapore
Located at Imbiah Lookout on Sentosa Island, Images of Singapore is a must-visit historical museum featuring audio visual presentations showing Singaporean history and culture, focusing on its people and their lives. In an old-style warehouse format, exhibits include the period when the Malaysians rule, the arrival of the British and the post-colonialist period under Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and more. After a walk around the museum, visitors can stop by and enjoy Singapore cuisine at Tastes of Singapore @ Imbiah (+65 62 793 278). The menu includes real local dishes like nyonya lobster laksa, tandoori chicken and assorted jumbo satay.
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 19:00 (Last admission at 18:30)
- Address: 40 Imbiah Road, Singapore 099700
- Tel: +65 6275 0388
- Price Range: SG$ 10 for Adult, SG$ 7 for Child (3 - 12 years old)
- Tour Available: Sentosa Island Tour (Sunset)
Malay Heritage Centre
Located in the same grounds as Istana Kampong Glam (aka the Sultan's Palace) in Kampong Glam, this heritage centre is dedicated to Malay Singaporeans. Like in many rural areas in Southeast, the Malays in Singapore lived in traditional wooden huts on stilts (or 'kampong' in Malay) for many decades until the 1980s when the government relocated most Singaporean into apartments. That move spelled the end of the Malay kampong in Singapore. This exhibition takes people back to the old period to see the life and culture of the Malays; not only their traditional kampong residences but their arts and crafts.
- Opening Hours: Mon 13:00 – 18:00, Tue - Sun 10:00 – 18:00
Istana Compound: Daily 08:00 – 21:00
Cultural Show: Wed only at 15:30
- Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501
- Tel: +65 6391 0450
Opened at the end of 2015, the National Gallery Singapore houses the world’s largest public collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art, with nearly 10,000 pieces in total. Located in the Civic District of Downtown Singapore, this is the real historic heart of the country, with the gloriously renovated building once being home to City Hall and the National Supreme Court.
Dubbed as Singapore’s latest ‘visual arts institution’ (a fancy name for an art gallery), the government-backed projected aims to ‘strengthen Singapore’s role as a regional and international hub for visual arts’. It’s also the largest of its type in the country with over 64,000 square metres of floor space, Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 20:00 daily
- Address: 1 St. Andrew’s Road #01–01 Singapore 178957
- Tel: +65 6271 7000
- Website: https://www.nationalgallery.sg
This is the oldest museum in Singapore (about 120 years old) and, at more than 18,000sqm, it is the largest. There are two main sections inside; the Living Galleries and History Gallery. The Living Galleries consists of fashion, film, food and photography as well as Chinese Opera. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Singapore History Gallery is open from 10:00 to 18:00 while the Goh Seng Choo Gallery and four Living Galleries are open from 10:00 to 20:00
- Address: 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
- Tel: +65 6332 3659
The Peranakan Museum was officially opened in 2008 by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The Peranakan culture is a unique culture that is still part of Singapore’s living heritage. The museum features 10 galleries exhibiting more than 1,200 items of Straits Chinese artefacts. Those items include silver, porcelain, jewelry, textiles, food and religious items. It also covers the links with Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar. Check out their boutique museum which houses the finest collection of Peranakan artefacts in the world.
- Opening Hours: Mon 13:00 – 17:00, Tue - Sun: 09:30 – 19:00
(Fri closed at 21:00)
- Address: 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941
- Tel: +65 6332 7591
Red Dot Design Museum will make you look at everyday objects in a different light. Taking the mystery out of innovations that make our life easier and exploring some of the more unusual gizmos and gadgets, it is easy to spend an hour or so here. Although it’s a fairly small gallery, the spectrum of design is large and varied; everything from advertising posters, packaging, computers to household appliances. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Tue & Fri 11:00 – 18:00, Sat - Sun 11:00 - 20:00 (closed every Wed & Thu)
- Address: 28 Maxwell Road (red dot traffic), Singapore 069120
- Tel: +65 6327 8027
Singapore Art Museum
Located in the centre of Singapore’s major shopping district on Bras Basah Road, it is an ideal place to see close to 8,000 pieces of Singaporean and Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art. With over 10,000sqm, this museum, run with international standard museum facilities, offers 14 fully climate-controlled galleries. No matter what time one visits Singapore, the museum always has interesting exhibitions and programs thoughout the year. Other facilities include the Museum Shop by Banyan Tree (Open daily from 10:00 -19:00), Olio Dome Café (Open daily from 8:30 – 10.00), Trattoria Lafiandra (Open daily from 12:00 to 15:00 and 18:00 – 22:30).
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 - 19:00, Fri close at 21:00
- Address: 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
- Tel: +65 6332 3222
Singapore Discover Centre is an 'edutainment' experience. A bus tour takes guests around an 88-hectare training ground for army, navy and air force officers at the SAFTI Military Institute. At the Shooting Gallery, visitors can try out a computer-simulated shooting game using real rifles or alternatively try the Crossfire Paintball which is ideal for team-building exercises, with entertainment and educational possibilities. Enjoy the 3D iWERKS, a 344-seater world-class theatre, equipped with a five-storey high screen and excellent sound systems along with 2D and 3D viewing. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 09:00 – 18:00 (closed on Mondays)
- Location: A 30-minute drive from the city or a 10-minute walk from Joo Koon MRT Station.
- Address: 510 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638365
- Tel: +65 6792 6188
Singapore Mint Coin Gallery
This gallery is housed in the Singapore Mint which makes the country's coins. On exhibit are an array of domestic and foreign coins and medals.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30
- Address: 20 Teban Gardens Crescent, Singapore 608928
- Tel: +65 566 2626
- Price Range: No admission fee
Singapore Navy Museum
The Singapore Navy Museum traces the development of naval forces in Singapore, from the Straits Settlements Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in the 19th century to the Republic of Singapore Navy of today. Also on display are antique marine equipment, historic photos and details of the high-tech missile corvette vessels of the current Navy. Don't forget to bring along your passport.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 08:30 - 17:30
- Address: Endurance Block 36 Admiralty Road West, Levels 1 to 3, Sembawang Camp, Singapore 759960
- Tel: +65 6750 5585
- Price Range: No admission fee
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Housed in a quaint old building which dates back to 1908, a browse around the Singapore Philatelic Museum makes for an interesting afternoon for both stamp collectors and non-collectors alike. There's a fine collection of local and international stamps, as well as first day covers. The stamps provide a thought-provoking glimpse of the development of Singapore and its multicultural society across the decades, through the pictorial, artistic and administrative lens of the different historical periods.
There's also a detailed visual display of how stamps are made, from the drawing board to the printing plates and progressive sheets, to the final product.
Visitors may ask for guided tours at the reception area, or arrange for tours by telephone.
- Opening Hours: Mon 13:00 - 19:00, Tue - Sun 09:00 - 19:30
- Address: 23-B Coleman Street Singapore, Singapore 179807
- Tel: +65 337 3888
- Price Range: SG$ 6 for adults and SG$ 4 for children (3-12 years)