Where-To Guide of Museums in Singapore - 20 Must Visit Local Museums

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Where-To Guide of Museums in Singapore - 20 Must Visit Local Museums


You won’t be a full-pledged expat in Singapore not unless you’ve experienced some kind of museum hopping bucket list. Now, how to choose from the array of awesome choices? I’ve highlighted the BEST of the very best of Singapore museums that one should seek to visit when in Singapore.


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1. Art Science Museum

Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, 018974
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am - 7:00pm
Nearest MRT: Bayfront

Always showcasing never-before-seen exhibitions around Asia and even the rest of the world. This world class lotus-shaped museum is where the best in arts and sciences meet!

2. Asian Civilizations Museum

Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, 018974
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am - 7:00pm
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place

First in the whole Asia Pacific that showcases broad yet integrated perspective of Asian cultures and civilizations. It shows cultures of the diverse groups originating from China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia.

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3. Baba House

Address: 157 Neil Rd, 088883
Opening Hours: Visits are by appointment only
Nearest MRT: Outram Park

An interesting heritage house displaying reflection and research into the Straits Chinese history and culture. It’s architecture and restoration at its finest.

4. Chinatown Heritage Centre

Address: 48 Pagoda St, 059207
Opening Hours: Daily 9:00am - 8:00pm
Nearest MRT: Chinatown

One of the most authentic Chinatown places you’ll ever see in Asia! It’s as if you’re already in China. See original interiors of its shop house tenants revealing glimpse into the lives of SG’s early residents in Chinatown.

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5. Civil Defense Heritage Gallery

Address: 62 Hill St, Singapore 179367
Opening Hours: Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am - 5pm (including public holidays) Closed on Mondays
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place

Cool for the kids and kids at heart. Showcasing how awesome Singapore is when it comes to fire fighting and civil defense developments. Ride a fire truck = bucket list check!


6. Fuk Tak Chi Museum

Address: 76 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 048464
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am - 10:00pm
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place

All about Miniature dioramas of old school Singapore stuff. This is also the first ever Chinese temple in the whole of Singapore!

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7. Images of Singapore

Address: 40 Imbiah Rd, 099700
Opening Hours: Daily 9:00am - 7:00pm
Nearest MRT: Harbourfront

One of the most colorful places you’ll ever find in Singapore – all about the earliest days of founding fathers to today’s modern Singapore. If you want to know from Singapore from a rapid educational-elementary-school kind of learning, visit this place.

8. LTA Gallery

Address: 48 Pagoda St, 059207
Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Nearest MRT: Little India

Another win here – see the Land Transport System in the not so distance future of Singapore. It’s like being in a real-time National Geographic series where you see how everything is being envisioned and fashioned into reality.

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9. Malay Heritage Centre

Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Nearest MRT: Bugis

Enter into the Malay World where you will find a mouthful of interesting information about their culture, values, and traditions. Very interactive museum with lots of easily likeable exhibits and programs about the Malay society in Singapore.

10. Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium

Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am - 7:00pm
Nearest MRT: Harbourfront

One of the newest and best travel highlights in Singapore is the in Resorts World Sentosa – the Marine Life Park. It’s the Guinness World Record Holder of the World’s Largest Aquarium and true enough, this oceanarium does not disappoint in any way.

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11. Mint Museum of Toys

Address: 26 Seah St, 188382
Opening Hours: Daily 9:30am - 6:30pm
Nearest MRT: Bras Basah

The Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys or MINT Museum of Toys is the world's first purpose-built museum for toys and it’s one of the most interesting museums you’ll ever see in Singapore. It’s more for the adults who’d like to go down memory lane with the multitude of toys you can find here.

12. National Museum of Singapore

Address: 93 Stamford Rd, 178897
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am - 6:00pm
Nearest MRT: Bras Basah

It’s all about exhibitions, programmes, cinematiques, education and outreach, and the National Museum of Singapore has it all. This is one of the first Singapore museums every young expat should visit once they land in Singapore!

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13. Old Ford Museum

Address: 351 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 588192
Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 9:00am - 5:30pm, Sundays – 12noon – 5:30pm
Nearest MRT: Bukit Batok

Kinda far from the city but this is a historic building in Singapore that’s worth the visit. It’s the first motor vehicle assembly in Southeast Asia and it’s where you’ll find a lot of historical value related to Japanese-Singapore war memories.


14. Peranakan Museum

Address: 39 Armenian St, 179941
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am - 7:00pm
Nearest MRT: Chinatown

This intimate museum possesses one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Peranakan information. Peranakan means ‘locally born’ = combination of mixed races.

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15. Singapore Discovery Centre

Address: 510 Upper Jurong Rd, 638365
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 9:00am – 6:00pm
Nearest MRT: Jurong East

Yes, it’s where Singapore stories do come to life. So much laughs and questions from local kids who are very much engaged in the different exhibitions and shows found in this place. Mingle with the locals? The best place to learn about science and innovation.

16. Reflections at Bukit Chandu

Address: 31K Pepys Road, Singapore 118458
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9am – 5.30pm
Nearest MRT: Pasir Panjang

It’s a place for people to see Singapore’s heritage of heroism. The artifacts, exhibits and multi-media, here shows so much of the nation’s war experience and to discover how far Singapore has come as a nation. A nice place if you’re looking for a compact museum with so much interaction from Singaporeans.

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17. Singapore Science Centre

Address: 15 Science Centre Rd, Singapore 609081
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am - 6:00pm
Nearest MRT: Jurong East

Man, whoever isn’t a fan of science will sure find it amusing once you visit this place. Lots of oohs and ahhs from kids learning and interacting with the exhibits and programs found here. A good place to have fun and let loose your inner kid.

18. Singapore Art Museum (SAM)

Address: 71 Bras Basah Rd, 189555
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am - 7:00pm
Nearest MRT: Brash Basah

Literally just outside the MRT station, you can conveniently go here anytime without so much hassle. This place is building a National Contemporary Art Collection and from the way you see all things here, there’s so much potential in Singapore’s art scene.

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19. Singapore City Gallery (URA)

Address: 45 Maxwell Road, The URA Centre, Singapore 069118
Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 9:00am - 5:00pm
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar

This is more than a good deal for a free entrance place. It shows Singapore's physical transformation over the past 50 years, and you can be awed by the architectural models or the various interactive and experiential exhibits in the gallery. A must visit for folks who are into structures as cultural inspirations.

20. Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM)

Address: 23-B Coleman Street, 179807
Opening Hours: Mondays – 1:00am – 7:00pm, Tuesdays to Sundays – 9:30am – 7:00pm
Nearest MRT: City Hall

Straights Settlement Collection, Singapore Collection, Universal Postal Collection, and Singapore Stamp Issues – you’ll never think that stamps would be this culture filled and exciting. There are different rooms for current and upcoming philately stuff too!


Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 52 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

For collaboration ideas, email bowdywanders@gmail.com.

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