History Museums in Singapore

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History Museums in Singapore

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  • nyavtech
    Kuching, Malaysia1,145 contributions
    Museums can be a bit overwhelming at times, so I chose to join one of their volunteer docent led guided tours. I am glad I did it. He brought the story of the artifacts to life, helping us gain a better understand of what they were, how they got there etc. etc. Very much appreciated.
    Written 21 November 2022
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  • Osula N
    Los Angeles, CA88 contributions
    I came here on a Grab on a Saturday morning. I had reserved a spot for myself three days beforehand on their website for their docent led guided tour. Reserving a spot was free but entering the museum was $8.

    The museum was really small but the docent was very detailed and knowledgeable. The tour was an hour long and it gave a glimpse into some of terrible conditions people went through during the Japanese occupation. There was free parking on the property and a bus stop that stopped right in front of it.

    They even have a restaurant on the property but I didn't get anything so not sure if it's any good. The restroom is right by the restaurant. This museum is in the same area as the SIN airport but still takes about half an hour to get from one to the other via public transportation.

    If you're not a history buff then I'd say skip it. If you don't do any of their tours then it'd likely only take you less than 30 minutes to see the entire place. In my opinion, it's not worth the trek out there if you're not staying near the airport.
    Written 3 December 2022
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  • Onn11
    Jurong, Singapore658 contributions
    The building is situated in a noisy and bustling part of the Little India district in Singapore, but going in, the feel is very different as it is quiet, cool and relaxed.

    Even for a local like myself, the exhibitions on the 3rd and 4th levels of the building about the Indian community in Singapore both past and present are refreshing as they relate the contributions made by this minority community as well as the rich experiences they came with when many of these ones migrated over to Singapore in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Highly recommended for anyone who wants to enjoy a slow and relaxed way of learning more about the Indian diaspora in this part of the world.
    Written 17 November 2019
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  • Clodruss
    Singapore, Singapore568 contributions
    Good if you are interested in Singapore history and what happened during World war Two in Singapore.
    The battle and surrender of Singapore by the British and what happened after.
    Written 1 December 2022
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  • AyushBasu
    Singapore, Singapore195 contributions
    Situated in Singapore's heritage district of Kampong Glam and right next to the Sultan Mosque, the Malay Heritage Centre provides excellent cultural insights into the Malay community in Singapore. The visit starts at the upper level, followed by the lower level and two external outhouses, housing permanent galleries. They showcase stories and artifacts from both Singapore's national collection as well as contributions from the local community. It is a reflection of Kampong Glam's historical significance as well as the contribution of the local Malay society. The structure was once of traditional timber built on stilts, which has been thoroughly renovated over time. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00am to 6:00pm, with free admission for all Singaporeans & Permanent Residents. A couple of hours can be easily spent here.
    Written 29 February 2020
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  • Teng
    1 contribution
    Enjoyed the time spent with my teens at Black Lake Laser! Take some time off to try the Escape Room too!
    Written 4 December 2022
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  • Your Travel Buddy SG
    Singapore, Singapore12,978 contributions
    A place that our national housing and development shares the history of public housing in singapore. From the exhibits, I can see that we have come a long way. Informative!
    Written 18 July 2019
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  • Sahriman Wahid
    1 contribution
    Growing up around Commonwealth Drive @ Block 56 in the 80s before moving out of Singapore is the best experience in my life.
    Written 3 July 2019
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  • LostALot22
    Chicago, IL10,940 contributions
    I walked around the inside of this old building. It’s right off the river. It’s pretty cool old architecture. It has a restaurant and museum inside. Very nice.
    Written 3 October 2019
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  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore6,420 contributions
    Not every tourist had an opportunity to visit the Istana as it is typically open to the public only 5 times a year. But the Istana Heritage Gallery compensates those who missed the Istana with a meticulously detailed write-up on the history of this neo-Palladian style building since her birth.

    I had visited the Istana on several occasions but it is this gallery that really enlightened me on her history than the Istana grounds.

    It was pure coincidence to bump into this gallery. I was attending a computer class at MDIS Orchard Campus and was early for my class and I decided to detour and walk around the greenery in the Istana Park. And I found this little jewel in the middle of the greenery. However, the gallery is open only from 10 am and will close at 6 pm. When my class dismissed at 5 pm, I decided to drop by to visit the gallery.

    The gallery was not very big. It gave me an impression of an exhibition hall than a gallery. I was a bit disappointed but then, I met Ms Jean, an enthusiastic volunteer who was on duty at the gallery. She was friendly and was patient to accompany me for a gallery tour and was very keen to explain the significance of the numerous exhibits on display and on the various gifts from foreign dignitaries presented to our Presidents.

    It was the first time I came to know that the construction of the Istana owed much to the labor of the convicts who were deported from elsewhere by the British colonial government. I also learnt that the Istana was the residence of the British governor before it became the office of our first President, Some of the gifts from foreign dignitaries were impressive and the gifts showed the amount of respect we gained as an independent nation though geographically, we are a tiny nation..

    The history of the Istana is a mirror of the relentless struggle of our people against foreign domination. The British governors once lived here and the Japanese imperialists once occupied this building. But now it is the office of our democratically elected President and Prime Minister and we hope it shall remain in the hands of our people and our government.

    While the gallery is small, it illustrates the history of the Istana and the struggle of our nation.

    The gallery is just opposite the Istana and the Plaza Singapura. It is also besides Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. Admission is free for both locals and foreigners.
    Written 24 June 2019
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  • fm_usagi
    Singapore57 contributions
    Went with a group of friends. Did not have guided tour though. The museum was abit out of the usual tourist haunts, but definitely worth going. Newspapers cutting and lots of photos that shown how the Eurasians stay in Singapore thru the times. Maybe with guided tour, you will enjoy even more. However, walking on our own and reading and viewing the exhibits at own pace does wonders too. Recommended to cater at least 1 hour to walk thru the galleries.
    Written 12 May 2017
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  • KGB777
    Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
    A visit here requires a bit of planning: you need to email them a form at least 5 days in advance together with your ID details, and then when you visit you need to provide photo ID in exchange for a pass. Entry is by organised tour only: you're not allowed to go wandering off by yourself. But all this hassle is worth it - there's quite a bit to see inside and very few people seem to know about it. The photo policy is a bit unclear - some galleries are allowed whilst others are not, but there are no signs to guide you.
    Written 3 February 2018
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  • richard m
    Ciudad Juarez, Mexico582 contributions
    Great painting or murals, about how they continúe tongo further, not to give up, even for a very small city state has to many things to offer
    Written 16 October 2019
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  • Roberts69
    Northampton, UK17,752 contributions
    The Kong Chow Cultural Centre (KCCC) is an interesting place and the building is eye catching too. Established In July 2013 this ‘living’ museum, equipped with graphic exhibits and multimedia kiosks, showcases its unique cultural characteristics - featuring artifacts, dynamic display of traditional Chinese martial arts, lion and dragon dances, and Cantonese Opera, as well as interactive hands-on activities. KCCC reflects the process on how the Xinhui clansmen as immigrants have integrated into multi-racial and multi-cultural Singapore, and its important contributions in nation-building. This lively cultural centre lets visitors feel the past come alive amid on-going activities of the clan association and its robust traditional cultural events. Here visitors will be immersed in a truly Cantonese cultural atmosphere. Admission is free. Scheduled group visits by students and other groups can be arranged. When I visited it was late evening but the centre gate and main door was open for a Chinese Opera rehearsal. I waundered in an a caretaker kindly let me have a look around. There are 4 floors with some interesting Chinese performing arts props scattered across them, such as Chinese Lion Dance heads. It was good to see these up close and be able to take some photos. The building itself is interesting and the walls are adorned with old photographs and interesting pieces of history explained in both Chinese and English. Certainly worth a visit especially as it's Free to get in.
    Written 6 November 2017
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  • Epicurean Way
    Singapore, Singapore1,617 contributions
    Two hours visit with explanation of the history of the Peranakan Chinese (dating to I400’s) in South East Asia including appreciation of the architecture, furniture, handicrafts like jewelry, porcelain, costumes and taste of their sweets! Must visit when in Singapore!
    Written 19 February 2022
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