Museums in Singapore

Singapore may be a young nation, but it has undergone massive changes in its short history, making the museums of Singapore fascinating exhibits. Many of the museums include the personal viewpoints of those who have lived through the turbulent times, making for interesting and often poignant displays.

The museums of Singapore can be broadly divided into two types - those celebrating the origins of Singapore and the ancestors of the people who make up its multi-cultural population, and those commemorating the war efforts. If you only have time to visit one museum during your stay in Singapore, then make it our number one choice - the National Museum of Singapore - here you will garner very quickly an overall history of Singapore, although there is a huge amount to take in during one visit. Other highlights for understanding Singapore's ancestors include the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Chinatown Heritage Centre, the Perankan Museum and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

Singapore was the site of one of the British army's most embarrassing defeats in history, and the country suffered bitterly under Japanese occupation for two years. The Changi museum is the most harrowing collection of stories from those who lived through these turbulent times, while the Battle Box allows you to relive the moments that precede the British surrender. Fort Siloso on Sentosa is an excellent roundup of the war efforts in Singapore and allows you to experience life as a soldier in both the 1880s and during World War II.

In general, Singapore's museums are of a very high standard, many employing modern technology such as interactive touch-screen stations and virtual presenters to enhance visitor enjoyment.

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National Museum of Singapore

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93 Stamford Rd
#01-03 National Museum

Six Centuries Of Singapore History... read more

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Asian Civilisations Museum

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1 Empress Place

Where the Story of Asia Unfolds... read more

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Changi Museum

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1000 Upper Changi Rd
In the same general area as the airport

In memory of the Prisoners of War... read more

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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

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288 South Bridge Rd

Learn the fascinating history of Buddhism... read more

Chinatown Heritage Centre

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48 Pagoda St

History and Tradition of Chinatown... read more

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Fort Siloso

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West Sentosa
West Sentosa

The Sole Surviving Coastal Fort... read more

Peranakan Museum

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39 Armenian St

Insight Into Peranakan Culture... read more

Reflections at Bukit Chandu

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31-K Pepys Road

Commemorates the bravery of the Malay soldiers during WWII... read more

Images of Singapore

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40 Cable Car Road
Sentosa

Take a walk through Singapore's History... read more

Battle Box

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51 Canning Rise

Re-enacting the Day Singapore Fell... read more
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