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Museums in Singapore

posted Oct 18, 2012, 7:49 AM by Fide Consultant Group

  Arts, Cultural & Museums

Army Museum of Singapore

Experience being in the midst of the battlefield in their special 4D special effects Object Theatre or fire their latest SAR21 rifle in the Individual Marksmanship Trainer (IMT) simulator.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm 
Location: 520 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638367
Getting there: Take the MRT Joo Koon Station (EW29) and walk 10 minutes from the station

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Asian Civilisations Museum at Empress Place 

Regarded as one of the finest neo-classical buildings in Singapore, Empress Place dates back to 1854, when it served as a court house. Today the building houses a world-class museum and exhibition centre, featuring cultural and archaeological treasures from China and other ancient civilisation - many of them being shown outside their country of origin for the first time. Allow two to three hours.

Opening hours: 9am to 5.30pm (closed on Mondays)
Location: 1 Empress Place, Empress Place Building, Singapore 179555 Tel: 6336 7633
Getting there: Take the MRT to Raffles Place (EW14) and cross Cavenagh Bridge to Singapore River
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National Museum of Singapore

The Singapore History Museum, originally opened in 1887, is an architectural gem with each of its two levels reflecting a different order of Greek classical architecture. Of particular note are the three-dimensional reconstructions of historical scenes and events tracing Singapore's development from a sleepy fishing village to the present day metropolis. Another exhibit shows the world of a wealthy Straits Chinese family at the turn of the century, complete with elaborate Peranakan furnishings and finery. The Children's Discovery Gallery is another compelling attraction, with interactive exhibits designed to explain Singapore's cultural heritage, visual and per forming arts. In addition to the Singapore History Museum, Singapore offers a number of museums with specific themes.

Opening hours : 9.30am to 6.00pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Friday : 9.30am to 9.00pm, no admission charges after 6.00pm
Location: 93 Stamford Road Singapore 178897
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Mint Museum of Toys

Mint Museum of Toys offer a world-class collection of vintage toys and childhood memorabilia from more than 40 countries.

Opening hours: 9.30am to 6.30pm 
Location: 26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382 Tel: 63390660
Getting there: Take the MRT to City Hall MRT (NS25/EW13) and walk 5 minutes, it is located beside Raffles Hotel
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Peranakan Museum

The Peranakan Museum houses the world's finest and most comprehensive collection of Peranakan artefacts. This museum presents a Southeast Asian-wide view of Peranakan culture. Its rich material legacy and heritage are enhanced by state-of-the-art display technology, coupled with educational interactives for the young.

The Peranakan Museum explores the main themes of Peranakan life in ten permanent galleries. They include the elaborate 12-day Peranakan wedding, the role of the Nonyas, prominent Peranakans in Singapore's history, as well as one of the favourite past times of Singaporeans – food and feasting. It also provides a glimpse of how modern-day Peranakans have evolved with their culture.

Admission Charges:







Group of 20 pax and more





Asian Civilisations Museum & Peranakan Museum Joint-ticket**



# full-time students and those 60 years and above
* for maximum of 5 persons (Applicable only during special exhibitions)
** Joint-ticket must be used within 7 days of purchase

Notes on Admission Charges 
1. Admission charges may vary during special exhibitions 
2. Free admission for visitors aged 6 years and below 
3. Free admission for visitors aged 60 years and above every Monday 
4. Free admission on Fridays, 7-9pm, during non-special exhibition periods 
5. 50% off regular admission prices on Fridays, 7-9 pm during special exhibition periods

Opening hours: 1.00 pmto 7.00pm  (Monday)
Tuesday to Sunday: 9.30am – 7pm (to 9 pm on Fridays)
Location: 39 Armenian Street Singapore 179941 Tel: 6332 7591
Getting there: Take the MRT to City Hall/ Dhoby Ghaut
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Peranakan Place Museum 

This small museum illustrates the rich lifestyle of the Peranakans, descendants of early Chinese settlers who married native Malays during the 15th and 16th centuries. They are perhaps best-known for their unusual Nonya cuisine but the Peranakans' architecture, fine furniture, intricate beaded embroidery and colourful porcelain are equally fascinating. 

Opening hours: 10.30am to 3.30pm (Monday to Friday)
Location: 180 Orchard Road, Peranakan Place, Singapore 238846 Tel: 67326966
Getting there: Take the MRT to Somerset (NS23)
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Royal Selangor Pewter Museum

This museum, the first of its kind in the world, is in the Jurong Industrial Estate. About 800 pieces of pewter are on display, some of them tools used over 100 years ago. Pewterware can also be bought here. 

Opening: hours: 9am to 5.30pm daily. Admission: Free 
Location: 32 Pandan Road, Singapore 609279 Tel: 62657711
Getting there: Take the MRT to Clementi (EW23)
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Singapore Air Force Museum 

This museum traces the development of the Royal Singapore Air Force from its early days as the Malayan Volunteer Air Force in 1939 to the present day. From colonial cap badges to the Bloodhound missile, the museum boasts a vast array of artifacts, including early planes such as the Hunter Hawker, the SF 260 Marchetti and the A4-C Skyhawk. 

Opening hours: 10am to 4.30pm (except Mondays and Public Holidays) Admission: Free 
Location: 400 Airport Road Singapore 534234
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Singapore Art Museum / 8Q sam

The largest public collection of 20th century Singapore and Southeast Asian art in the world. 

Opened in January 1996, the mission of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is to preserve and present the art histories and contemporary art practices of Singapore and the Southeast Asian region. To date, SAM has amassed the world’s largest public collection of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian artworks with a growing component in international contemporary art. The museum has presented shows covering both local and international art practices, traditional and cutting edge art expressions. Through strategic alliances with international arts and cultural institutions, SAM has been facilitating visual arts education, exchange, research and development within the region and internationally. Through forging collaborative partnerships and staging innovative programmes to engage different audiences, SAM aims to contribute to an enlarged role in the regional visual arts community and Asian art museology, as well as facilitating developments in art as well as the art sector in Singapore. 

Opened in August 2008, 8Q sam is a contemporary art space with fresh, multi-disciplinary, interactive and community oriented programming; a place where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists, and in relation to its aesthetic and social context. 8Q sam will support experimental art forms and is envisioned to become a crossroad of new ideas and expressions. 8Q sam aspires to engage a broad and diverse audience, create a sense of community and be a place for contemplation, stimulation, and discussion about contemporary art and culture, and serves as a forum especially for the students. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the diversity of contemporary art practices ranging from painting and sculpture, to installation, film & video, photography, new media, performance art and sound art.

Admission to SAM and 8Qsam: :



8Q sam

Combined SAM & 8Q sam


$ 8

$ 3

$ 10

Student (with valid student card):

$ 4$ 1.5$ 5

Senior Citizen (above 60 years):

$ 4

$ 1.5

$ 5

Groups of 20 or more: 20% off admission tickets for adults.

Opening hours: 
Mon-Sun: 10am - 7pm 
Fri: 10am - 9pm 
(Free admission from 12noon – 2pm on weekdays and 6pm – 9pm on Fridays) 


71 Bras Basah Road 
Singapore 189555 

8Q sam 
8 Queen Street 
Singapore 188535

General contact: 
SAM 6332 3222 
8Q sam 6332 3200

Day and timing of guided tours 
Mondays: 2pm (English) 
Tuesdays - Thursdays: 10.30am (Japanese); 11am & 2pm (English) 
Fridays: 10.30am (Japanese), 11am, 2pm, 7pm (English), 7.45pm (Mandarin) 
Saturdays & Sundays: 11am, 2pm and 3.30pm (English) 

Saturdays: 12.30pm (English)

Getting there info: By MRT, By Bus & By Car 

Ideally located at the restored 19th-century old St Joseph's Institution (SJI) building on Bras Basah Road, SAM is easily accessible. Parking at the Singapore Art Museum is reserved for cars with NHB parking labels only, you may wish to try the following car parks: Waterloo Street, NTUC Income Centre or Queen Street. 

By Bus 
SMRT Tibs: 77,167,171,190,700,700A,857 

SAM is a 10-minute walk from City Hall MRT station

Info for the disabled 
Handicapped Access/Lockers: 
The Museum is well-equipped to cater to the physically disabled. Lifts and permanent ramps located in the Museum provide easy access to galleries. Wheelchairs and baby push-prams are allowed in the Museum. The public toilets in the Museum contain an area for diaper changing. Lockers for the public are also provided at no charge. 

8Q sam

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The Battle Box

This is one of the most important World War II sites in Singapore. It is a massive military bunker located about 9 metres below ground. It is currently housed as a war museum, where visitors will be revisted to the year 1942, 15 February when the surrender decision was made by the General Percival and Singapore fell to the Japanese.

Opening hours: 10am to 6pm (last entry at 5pm)
Location: 2 Cox Terrace, Singapore 179622 Tel: 63330510 / 63393286
Getting there: Take the MRT to Dhoby Ghaut Station (NS24/NE6/CC1) or buses available are: 7,14,14e, 16,36, 65, 111, 124, 128, 162, 162M, 174, 174e, 175, 502, 502A, 502B

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The Changi Museum 

The Changi Prison Chapel, with its thatched roof and outdoor pews, is a replica of the original built by Allied prisoners of war in World War II. The Museum, which also features a souvenir shop, records the daily life of the prisoners through a display of photographs, paintings and sketches. It also features a pair of rail spikes from the infamous Burma railroad which claimed the lives of thousands. It is a tribute to the men who lived and died in captivity during those dark years. 

Opening hours: 9.30am to 4.30pm daily (closed on Sunday and Public Holidays)
Chapel service: 5.30pm (Sundays only). Admission: Free
Location: 1000 Upper Changi Road North Singapore 507707 Tel: 67437885, 65430893 
Getting there: Take the MRT to Tanah Merah (EW4)
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The Original Singapore Walks

Take the road less travelled with the experts of the city as they will show you the other side of the local culture and heritage. Explore a different Walk or War Trail every day of the week.
Location: Meeting points for tours are normally at MRT stations or entrance of museums Tel: 63251631

The Singapore Mint Coin Gallery

The Singapore Mint's exhibition gallery displays a collection of coins, medals and medallions from all over the world. Visitors can also mint their own souvenir coin at the gallery's coin press. 

Opening hours: 9.00am to 4.00pm (Monday to Friday). Admission: Free
Location: 20 Teban Gardens Crescent Singapore 608928
Getting there: Take the MRT to Boon Lay (EW27)
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Labrador Secret Tunnels

Uncover the wartime of Singapore with the Labrador secret tunnels. Take a walk in the alley that imposes a 6 inch gun, machine gun post and through historic casemates. Immrse yourself in the journey of the lives of the soldiers during the World War II.

Opening Hours: 10.00am – 7.00pm daily
Tel: 63396833 / 63389205

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Hua Song Museum 

Understand the Chinese culture and the early Chinese migrants ways of blending their lives with the non-Chinese community, making good of themselves in a foreign country. And how they lived their dreams and prospered.

Opening Hours: 1.00pm – 7.00 pm (Closed on Mondays)
Location: 262 Pasir Panjang Road Hua Song Museum Haw Par Villa Singapore 118628
Tel: 63396833
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Singapore Philatelic Museum

Stamps Gallery

Discover the early years of Singapore as you walk through the past events and history that has shaped Singapore. Find out why had the early migrants of Singapore watch out for the yellow and red flag at Fort Canning Hill, or what kind of hardships our ancestors has tormented in the early years of World War II.

You can also experience a walk through of thematic galleries that symbolizes different events, cultures, history and achievements Singapore attained.

Location: 23B Coleman Street
Opening Hours: Mondays 1.00pm – 7.00pm
Tuesdays – Sundays 9.00am – 7.00pm
Tel: 63373888

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