Explore Singaporean & Regional Culture With These 10 Must-See Museums

Explore Singaporean & Regional Culture With These 10 Must-See Museums
June 01 04:30 2017 Print This Article

Pay a visit to these must-see museums, where you can learn about the culture of Singapore and the region.


1. Museums in Singapore – National Museum of Singapore

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Dating back to 1887, the National Museum of Singapore is the country’s oldest, making it a distinct cultural landmark. It hosts the annual Night Festival, houses dynamic art installations, performances, and film screenings, all telling thought-provoking stories of the past.

Address: 93 Stamford Road, 178897

Opening hours: 10am-7pm daily

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2. Museums in Singapore – National Gallery of Singapore

The former Supreme Court and City Hall have been beautifully restored to become what is the National Gallery of Singapore today. This historical institution oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia, showcasing visually arresting art pieces that you don’t want to miss.

Address: 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01–01, 178957

Opening hours:

Sun to Thurs 10am-7pm

Fri & Sat 10am-10pm

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3. Museums in Singapore – Singapore Art Museum

With a mission to breathe “Art into Life”, the Singapore Art Museum features an array of contemporary art, housed in a restored 19th century mission school that gives the place an elegant colonial vibe. The museum also holds a range of workshops and programmes for a more immersive experience.

Address: 71 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189555

Opening hours:

10am-7pm daily, except Fri 10am-9pm

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4. Museums in Singapore – Asian Civilisations Museum

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Showcasing the history of Singapore’s ancestral cultures, the Asian Civilisations Museum is located at the Empress Place Building, which is a National Monument in itself. Head in to explore the artefacts from China, Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, and the Islamic World.

Address: 1 Empress Pl, Singapore 179555

Opening hours:

10am-7pm daily, except Fri 10am-9pm

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5. Museums in Singapore – Changi Museum

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Honouring the spirit of those who braved WWII, the Changi Museum is an especially important museum for all the Prisoners-Of-War and their families. Today, the museum stands as a reminder of the dark days of the war, and serves to educate visitors of the country’s past.

Address: 1000 Upper Changi Rd N, Singapore 507707

Opening hours:

9.30am-5pm daily

Free admission


6. Museums in Singapore – Chinatown Heritage Gallery

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Recreating the scenes of the shophouses where people lived in the 1950s, the Chinatown Heritage Gallery located within restored shophouses transports you back in time to experience how early residents lived. Here, you can trace the journey of early pioneers who travelled from China to Singapore, which became their home.

Address: 48 Pagoda St, Singapore 059207

Opening hours:

9am-8pm daily

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7. Museums in Singapore – Indian Heritage Gallery

The Indian Heritage Gallery showcases the history of the Indian and South Asian communities, in a four-story museum within Little India. The architecture blends both traditional Indian elements and modern features, with a design inspired by the Indian stepwell.

Address:5 Campbell Ln, 209924

Opening hours:

Tues to Thurs 10am-7pm

Fri & Sat 10am-8pm

Sun 10am-4pm

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8. Museums in Sinagpore – Malay Heritage Gallery

A key heritage institution for Singapore’s Malay community, the Malay Heritage Gallery sits within the grounds of Istana Kampong Glam, where Malay sultans once presided. The museum is where artefacts, interactive multimedia and a range of exhibitions allow you to delve into the local Malay culture.

Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501

Opening hours:

10am-6pm daily except Mon

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9. Museums in Singapore – Peranakan Museum

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The Asian Civilisations Museum’s sister museum, the Peranakan Museum traces the roots of Peranakan communities in Singapore and the region. Learn about the traditional 12-day Peranakan wedding, admire beautiful motifs of batik, and take part in one of the museum’s many programmes for a more interactive experience.

Address: 39 Armenian St, 179941

Opening hours: 10am-7pm daily, except Fridays 10am-9pm

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10. Museums in Singapore – Mint Museum of Toys

Here’s a slightly different take on a typical museum. The Mint Museum of Toys houses a range of toys from the region and beyond, all in mint condition. What better way to explore different cultures than to take a look at what kind of toys their children play with?

Address: 26 Seah Street, 188382

Opening hours:

9.30am-6.30pm

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All museum-ed out? Time for a froyo!

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