19 Museums in S’pore for the Gram or for a Museum-Hopping Date

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Singaporeans and permanent residents (PR) have a lot to be thankful for, and one those things are (mostly) free museum entries! This could only mean two good things – the stepping up of our culture, history and art game and the numerous photo opportunities for the gram!

Sound good to you? Pack your IC, grab your Instax and head over to these 19 museums in Singapore for your museum-hopping date!

1) ArtScience Museum

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The ArtScience Museum has become a quintessential part of Singapore’s iconic skyline, so expect some equally as iconic exhibitions as well! It has 21 gallery spaces and has hosted some of the most famous exhibitions in the world such as feature sets from Harry Potter and Titanic and Future World, so check out the website for an updated list of currently showing exhibitions!

Museums in Singapore: ArtScience Museum

Time: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Including public holidays
Last admission at 6:00pm
Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Admission Fee: Adults: $30
Seniors: $27
Children: $17

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2) Asian Civilisations Museum

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The Asian Civilisations Museum is extremely rich in history and is the first Museum  in the region to showcase an integrated perspective of pan-Asian cultures and civilisations. It has 11 beautiful galleries that have more than 1,300 artefacts on display from the civilisations of China, South-East Asia, South Asia and West Asia. If you’re interested about Asian history, this is the one to visit.

Museums in Singapore: Asian Civilisations Museum

Time: Saturday to Thursdays, 10:00am – 7:00pm; Fridays, 10:00am – 9:00pm
Address: 1 Empress Pl, Singapore 179555
Admission Fee: Singaporeans and Permanent Residents: Free entry
Non-Singaporeans Adults: $8
Non-Singaporean Students, Seniors and Special Access: $4

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3) Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

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For those of you who are curious about the rich history of Buddhism, you should head down over to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum. Here, you get to see interesting displays of rare artefacts detailing the history of Buddhism and the different traditions practised in Asian countries. You also get to visit the Sacred Buddha Relics Chamber which houses what are regarded as the Brains, Blood, Muscle and Flesh Relics of Buddha. The most magnificent part of the Museum is the massive 15-foot Maitreya Buddha that sits on the ground floor of the main hall.

Museums in Singapore: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

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Time: Daily, 7:00am – 7:00pm
Address: 288 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058840
Admission Fee: Free admission for Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners but donations are encouraged

This museum is quite near Chinatown. Check out more things to do in our list of 10 Activities in Chinatown to Bask in the Chinese New Year Festivities!

4) Changi Chapel & Museum

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This beautiful chapel and Museum is a reconstruction and is one of the most iconic of the WWII sites in Singapore. Here, you get to learn stories of the people who went through the war as well as what happened to Prisoners of War (POW). It is also where the famous Changi murals are at and these murals are recreations by the original artist, Stanley Warren, who was also a POW.

However, the museum is currently undergoing development and is slated to reopen in 2020.

Museums in Singapore: Changi Chapel & Museum

Time: Closed till 2020 for renovation
Address: 1000 Upper Changi Rd N, Singapore 507707
Admission Fee: Free admission for Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners

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5) Fort Siloso

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This place is definitely one of the more unique museums in Singapore. Fort Siloso is the only restored coastal artillery fort in Singapore that has a rich history in relation to World War II. The entire museum tells the tale of how life was before, during and after the Japanese took over Singapore and contains waxwork replicas of main players, actual gun emplacements, underground tunnels, cannons and so much more. This place really transports you back in time and you may even forget that you are still in the 21st century!

Museums in Singapore: Fort Siloso

Time: Daily, 10:00am – 6:00pm 
Address: Siloso Rd, 099981
Admission Fee: Free admission for Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners

Fort Siloso is in Sentosa. Since you’re there, why not check out 20 Activities at Sentosa for a Fun-filled Day With Your Loved Ones?

6) Indian Heritage Centre

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The gorgeous glass exterior of this museum was inspired by stepwells that are commonly found in South Asia. The interior of the museum is just as beautiful as its outside and boasts of a wealth of artifacts documenting the history and culture of Indians from the 1st century to the present day.

Museums in Singapore: Indian Heritage Centre

Time: Tuesday to Thursdays 10:00am – 7:00pm,
Friday and Saturdays 10:00am – 8:00pm,
Sundays 10:00am – 4:00pm
Closed on Mondays
Address: 5 Campbell Ln, Singapore 209924

Admission Fee: Free admission for Singaporeans & PRs
Non-Singaporeans: $6
Family Package for Non-Singaporeans: $18
Non-Singaporean Seniors, Students and Person with Disabilities (PWD): $4
1st Caretaker of PWD: Free

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7) Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

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The architecture of Lee Kong Chian’s building in itself is a piece of work and is truly a sight to behold. It is South-East Asia’s first-ever natural history museum and spreads over two floors, 15 zones and 2,500 sqm. The exhibition gallery showcases a whopping 2,000 specimens of South-East Asian plants and animals. And for those of you who are fascinated by dinosaurs, you’d be excited to know that they have three 150 million-year-old dinosaur fossils on display. Sounds a bit like The Night at the Museum here!

Museums in Singapore: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Time: Daily, 10:00am – 7:00pm, closed on Mondays
Address: 2 Conservatory Dr, Singapore 117377

Admission Fee: Singaporeans & PRs: $16 for adults, $9 for children
Non-Singaporeans: $21 for adults, $13 for children

8) Malay Heritage Centre

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Tucked away at the historic Istana Kampong Gelam, the small but informative Museum showcases and traces the history of the Singapore Malay community from the earliest settlers up all the way till today. The six sub-galleries here have extensive contributions from a number of Malay pioneers and we are sure that you will definitely find something here that will pique your interest.

Museums in Singapore: Malay Heritage Centre

Time: Daily, 10:00am – 6:00pm, closed on Mondays
Address:  85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501

Admission Fee: Singaporeans & PRs: Free
Non-Singaporeans: $6 for adults, $4 for children

The National Library is a few streets away, so read our article on 8 Libraries in Singapore: Which Is Best to find out what’s so special about it!

9) Maritime Experiential Museum

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For those of you who are keen to know more about the Maritime Silk Route, this is the place to be at. Here, you can learn all about Singapore’s rich trade history with a whopping 15 thematic galleries. Expect to see a beautifully designed model of the Jewel of Muscat, experience what it feels like to be a ship navigating a storm at the typhoon theatre’s 4D show as well as learn to tie classic mariners’ knots.

Museums in Singapore: Maritime Experiential Museum

Time: Weekdays, 10:00am – 7:00pm, weekends, 9:30am – 7:00pm
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, 098269

Admission Fee: General Admission: $16
Child (ages 4 – 12): $10
Seniors (age 60 and above): $5

The Maritime Experiential Museum is in Sentosa. Since you’re there, why not check out 20 Activities at Sentosa for a Fun-filled Day With Your Loved Ones?

10) Mint Museum of Toys

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This private museum has the largest collection of vintage toys from all over South-East Asia — close to over 50,000 pieces! Here, there are rare one-of-a-kind pieces that are sourced from more than 40 countries, with some of them even dating back to the mid-19th century.

Museums in Singapore: Mint Museum of Toys

Time: Daily, 9:30am – 6:30pm 
Address: 26 Seah St, Singapore 188382 

Admission Fee: General Admission: $15
Child (ages 2 to 12): $7.50
Senior Citizens: $7.50

11) National Gallery Singapore

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Did you know that the building that is now the National Gallery of Singapore was formerly the Supreme Court and City Hall? We learn something new every day! This massive art museum focuses on South-East Asian art from the 19th century until today. It also has several kid-friendly exhibits and installations to keep your little ones occupied too.

Museums in Singapore: National Gallery Singapore

Time: Daily, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Address: 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957

Admission Fee: Singaporeans & PRs: Free entry
Non-Singaporeans: $20

i Light Singapore is currently happening nearby, do check out the Full Programme Line-Up for things to do when the gallery is closed at night!

12) National Museum of Singapore

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The National Museum of Singapore was previously known as the Singapore History Museum and it is Singapore’s largest local museum. It has two main galleries: the Singapore History Gallery, where the history of Singapore is traced from its beginnings in the 14th century to the present day, and the Singapore Living Galleries, which focus on four main themes: food, fashion, film and photography.

Museums in Singapore: National Museum of Singapore

Time: Daily, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Address: 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897 

Admission Fee: Singaporeans & PRs: Free entry
Foreigner Adults: $10
Child under 18 years: $5
Students and tourists who are senior citizens (60 years and above): $5
Free admission for children under 5 years and Singaporean senior citizens (60 years and above).

13) Peranakan Museum

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The Peranakan people are a unique ethnic group that resulted from the fusion of Chinese and Indonesian/Malay culture. They have a history steeped in a rich, colourful culture that will fascinate people of all ages. The Peranakan Museum houses ten galleries that carefully documents and showcases the culture of these amazing people and is a great place for Peranakans themselves to learn about their own history.

Museums in Singapore: Peranakan Museum

Time: Daily, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Address: 39 Armenian St, Singapore 179941

Admission Fee: Singaporeans and PRs: $5 (for entry to Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography; Permanent Galleries are free otherwise)
Local Seniors, Students, NSF and Children aged 6 years old and below: Free
Foreigners: $13
Foreign Families of 5: $39
Foreign Students and Seniors: $9

14) Red Dot Design Museum Singapore

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Red Dot Design Museum Singapore houses and displays the latest in product and communication design made by winners of the prestigious Red Dot product design awards. This is a great place to head to if you want to get inspired!

Museums in Singapore: Red Dot Design Museum Singapore

Time: Monday to Thursday, 10:00am – 8:00pm and Friday to Saturday, 10:00am – 11:00pm
Address: 11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940
Admission Fee: Singaporeans and PRs: Pay as you wish
Foreigners: $6.40

15) Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum

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Aviation geeks, listen up! You need to make a trip down to the Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum. Here, the development of the Republic of Singapore Air Force is traced from its early days as the Royal Air Force in 1927 to the present day. You get a chance to see air force artifacts, dioramas with audio-visual effects and fighter planes such as the A4-C Skyhawk and the Hunter Hawker.

Museums in Singapore: Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum

Time: Tuesday to Sunday, 8:30am – 5:00pm, closed on Mondays
Address: 400 Airport Rd, Singapore 534234
Admission Fee: Free admission for all

16) Singapore Art Museum

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The building that currently holds the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) was formerly the Catholic school for boys, Saint Joseph’s Institution. It was revamped in the early ’90s when there was a policy of converting old colonial buildings into public museums. Because of its small, unusual and hidden gallery spaces, it specialises in smaller exhibitions that revolve mostly around 20th-century Asian visual art. An extension of it is at SAM at 8Q which is just across the street.

Museums in Singapore: Singapore Art Museum

Time: Saturday to Thursdays, 10:00am – 7:00pm and Fridays, 10:00am – 9:00pm
Address: 8 Queen St, Singapore 189555
Admission Fee: Singaporeans and PRs: Free entry
Foreigners: $10, $5 for concession entry

17) Singapore Philatelic Museum

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The museum tells a tale of the postal history of Singapore and it has been curating philatelic materials of Singapore all the way from the 1830s to the present day. On top of an extensive collection of beautiful stamps from member countries of the Universal Postal Union, it is also a working post office!

Museums in Singapore: Singapore Philatelic Museum

Time: Daily, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Address: 23-B Coleman St, Singapore 179807
Admission Fee: Singaporeans and PRs: Free entry
Foreigners: Adults $6, Child $4

18) Singapore Sports Museum

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Learn about the history and development of a variety of sports in Singapore from its colonial times all the way up till today. Relieve memories of local games such as Chinese hopscotch, Chapteh and Five Stones and get to know the country’s top sportsmen and women who are honoured in the Our Heroes Gallery.

Museums in Singapore: Singapore Sports Museum

Time: Daily, 10:00am – 8:00pm
Address: 1 Stadium Dr, Singapore 397629
Admission Fee: Singaporeans and PRs: Free entry
Foreigners: Adults $10, Child $5

19) Vintage Cameras Museum

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Camera aficionados will fall in love with this place over and over again! Here, there are over 1000 vintage cameras on display such as old-school spy cameras and pistol cameras. It is also a must to have your photo taken at the entrance of the museum that is shaped like a massive Rollei camera!

Museums in Singapore: Vintage Cameras Museum

Time: Daily, 10:00am – 8:00pm
Address: 8C-8D Jln Kledek, Singapore 199263
Admission Fee: Adults: $20
Senior Citizen and Children (below 12 years old): $15

This article originally appeared on BeScene SG.