National Museum of Singapore

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National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
With a history dating back to its inception in 1887, the National Museum of Singapore is the nation's oldest museum with a progressive mind. Its galleries adopt cutting-edge and multi-perspective ways of presenting history and culture to redefine conventional museum experience. A cultural and architectural landmark in Singapore, the Museum hosts innovative festivals and events all year round-the dynamic Night Festival, visually arresting art installations, as well as amazing performances and film screenings-in addition to presenting thought-provoking exhibitions involving critically important collections of artefacts. The programming is supported by a wide range of facilities and services including F&B, retail and a Resource Centre. The National Museum of Singapore re-opened in December 2006 after a three-year redevelopment, and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012. The Museum refreshed its permanent galleries and re-opened them on 19 September 2015 for Singapore's Golden Jubilee.
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Kok Seng W
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May 2022
First time visiting in 5 years and the Museum has been upgraded. We enjoyed learning about the history of Singapore, diverse culture of Singapore. The building is well-maintained too!
Written 25 May 2022
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Orator11
Singapore, Singapore4,928 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Had an hour to wait for the missus, so popped into the museum. Tickets are free for Singaporeans and PRs, and can be booked on the website. Though it is much easier to show your IC to the staff.

They currently have Dislocations, which features Singapore under the Japanese occupation. To be honest, we had just visited the Ford Factory recently, so found that the items were largely the same variety, though the displays were larger and there were more audio visual offerings. We particularly enjoyed listening to the narrations of life then, via the 4 old bakelite telephones. The diorama done in the Philippines of the Sook Ching registration was also very good. Loved the tanks that were on show as well.

Another exhibition showcases Singapore during the late 1950s to 1970s, and there was even a mock up of an old HDB flat furnished with items of that era.

To be honest, I miss the old exhibits when my mom was an art curator there in the 1970s, and I spent many hours wandering around. Those days, of course, they had artefacts like a large whale skeleton, as well as lovely paintings and historical pottery and statues. Nowadays, those collections are now at various specialized locations such as the Lee Kong Chian museum and the National Gallery. The closest nod to History here today are the exhibits on the old Singapore port, as well as nature sketches done by William Farquhar, which I enjoyed.

Overall, it was an enjoyable visit for 1 hour or so, though I felt a bit let down. A case in point is the HeritageFest exhibit next to the entrance, which features a mock up of a KTM train - that was a waste of time to visit.

They do have a cafe, as well as a restaurant called Flutes, in case you require refreshments.
Written 24 May 2022
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Mg1mcsc
7 contributions
May 2022
Haven't visited for 4 years but the Museum has been upgraded, like everything else Singapore, wonderful hour and half love what they have done
Written 20 May 2022
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Jeanifer G
Lafayette, CA14 contributions
May 2022
We enjoyed learning about the history of Singapore. It allows for an understanding of the many cultures of Singapore and the interesting journey to their present time.
Written 18 May 2022
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GARM
11 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
This is a well thought out, creatively presented history of Singapore, that is LOTS of fun. Highly recommended.
Written 21 April 2022
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LSY9
Singapore, Singapore44 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Spent 3 hours in the Museum with my Primary school-going children. The exhibit on Singapore’s history is captivating to keep the kids interested. They stopped to read, watch, asked questions.

The exhibit on level 2 (segregated into different era) was somewhat underwhelming. Content was limited. Perhaps I had too high expectations, but I was disappointed by what I saw. I think more content could be provided to showcase life during those phases of SG history - 60s/70s/80s/90s.
Written 14 March 2022
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PC
8 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
Overall, I found this museum quite average. The space felt “stretched” - like there wasn’t actually enough content in the building itself to warrant the scale (or the price for that matter).

For example, a huge and imposing 2-story glass rotunda contained a truly inane animated section with nothing to really say about Singapore or its history and culture. The number of historical artifacts was small.

The special exhibition on the impact of Japanese occupation during WWII was notable (scheduled to end May 2022 FYI).
Written 23 February 2022
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Annie C
Singapore63 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
Exhibitions worth visiting: WW2 with light and sound storytelling, and interactive artefacts, Visiting Doremon, Different stages of History of Singapore.
Written 16 February 2022
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Judy
16 contributions
Feb 2022
Unfortunately was quite disappointing there were limited displays and quite boring. It really was not worth going to
Written 11 February 2022
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Hugary1
Sydney, Australia5,313 contributions
Jan 2022
A very well set place with lots about the entire history of Singapore.
Plenty to see and exhibits are well described. Tours are available but I find them a bit slow for me.
The forest was stunning and kids will love it.
The art design and motion was outstanding.
Good toilets but no food at the moment as Covid.
Museum compared to many is smaller and more of interest to teenager with a love of history or adults.
Written 29 January 2022
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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