13 museums to discover the culture of Singapore

13 museums to discover the culture of Singapore

During your trip in Singapore, there is a wide variety of museums for you to visit and discover the culture of Singapore in a detailed and vibrant way.

It would be a pity if you travel to Singapore but you haven’t visited any museum here. Let’s check this list of 13 must-visit Singapore museums and keep it in your mind to make your trip in Singapore become more interesting and meaningful with museums.

Singapore museums are one reason of 10 things that make you want to travel in Singapore.

Singapore Art Museum

singapore art museum

The Singapore Art Museum is home to nearly 8,000 pieces of modern and contemporary Singaporean and Southeast Asian art. It is centrally located on Bras Basah Road in Singapore’s major commercial area. The bus and MRT can be accessed easily.

The museum has more than 10,000 square meters and 14 galleries, all fully controlled by climate. A collection of cafés and restaurants and a gift shop can be found inside the museum.

  • Location: 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
  • Open: Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm, Friday from 10 am to 9 pm
  • Phone: +65 6332 3222

Images of Singapore

images of singapore Imbiah

Images of Singapore is a must-visit historical Singapore museum when you travel here. Located in Imbiah Lookout on Sentosa Island, it offers visitors audio-visual displays showing Singaporean history and culture with a special focus on its residents and lives.

In a warehouse model of old-style, displays include the period when the Malaysians reign, the arrival of the British and the post-Colonial era under Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, and more.

Following a stroll across the museum, visitors can pause at Tastes of Singapore and enjoy Singapore cuisine. Included in the menu are real local dishes such as Nyonya lobster laksa and tandoori chicken.

  • Location: 40 Imbiah Road, Singapore 099700
  • Open: Daily from 10 am to 6.30 pm (open until 7.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday)
  • Phone: +65 6275 0388

National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore

The Singapore National Gallery is home to the Singaporean and Southeast Asian art’s biggest public collection, with almost 10,000 shows in total. This is the real historic center of Singapore in the Civic District with the City Hall and the National Supreme Court as the gloriously refitted building.

Considered as a fancy name for an art gallery, Singpore’s newest’ visual arts center ‘ seeks to’ strengthen the position of Singapore as a regional and International centre for visual arts’ through the government-backed programme.

This Singapore gallery has more than 64,000 m2 of floor space and the largest of its kind in the region, overwhelming the famous Singapore Art Museum at Clarke Quay.

  • Location: 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
  • Open: Daily from 10 am to 7 pm
  • Phone: +65 6271 7000

Singapore Discovery Center

Singapore Discovery Center

There’s no better choice between Singapore museums to learn about the city’s history and future of Singapore on your trip to Singapore than the Singapore Discovery Centre.

The center is represented in one and a half days out, for younger children, as an art gallery, science museum, and outside playground, with plenty of immersive exhibits to learn, almost enough to amuse adults as well.

It’s about 10 minutes walk from the Joo Koon MRT station, situated on Upper Jurong Avenue.

  • Location: 510 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638365
  • Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)
  • Phone: +65 6792 6188

Malay Heritage Center

Malay Heritage Center

This heritage center in Kampong Glam is situated in the same area as Istana Kampong Glam, the Sultan’s Palace. As in many rural areas in South-East, the Malaysians in Singapore lived on stelts (or kampongs in Malaysia) in traditional wooden huts for many decades to the eighties when most of Singaporeans were relocated by the government. This move marked the end of Singapore’s Malay Kampong.

This show leads people back to the ancient times, not only to the traditional Kampong homes, but also to the crafts and skills of the Malaysians, which are very interesting to discover when you travel in Singapore

  • Location: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501
  • Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)
  • Phone: +65 6391 0450

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

The Singapore National Gallery holds the world’s largest public art collection, with a total of almost 10,000 pieces. This building, which was gloriously restored, is located in the Civic District of Downtown Singapore, being a true historical core of the world. 

The exhibits can be found in 6 galleries. Some of the museum’s amazing exhibitions can be found in the Goh Seng Choo and the Singapore History Gallery.

  • Location: 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
  • Open: Daily from 10 am to 7 pm (open until 9 pm on Fridays)
  • Phone: +65 6332 3659

Changi Prison Chapel and Museum

Changi Prison Chapel and Museum

This seductive museum is housed in Changi Prison, still used today as a jail. It displays the experiences of prisoners of war during World War II in Japan.

Next to the museum, there is a re-construction of the simple chapel constructed during their internment by the Allied prisoners. Notes from people in Changi who lost loved ones in Changi are added to the house.

  • Location: 1000 Upper Changi Road North, Singapore 507707
  • Open: Daily from 9.30 am to 5 pm (last admission at 4.30 pm)
  • Phone: +65 6214 2451

Asian Civilisations Museum

Asian Civilisations Museum

A guide to Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is a great way of moving through the fascinating pan-Asian art and culture scene. In 11 galleries at Empress Place House, the Asian Museum of Civilizations has 1,000 plus artifacts on three floors.

As the first museum in the Asian region, the museum gives you an opportunity to discover a wide variety of artifacts of Southeast Asia, South Asia, China, and West Asia – some of them are more than 5,000 years old. Your trip in Singapore can be more memorable thanks to this museum. 

  • Location: 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
  • Open: Daily from 10 am to 7 pm (open until 9 pm on Fridays)
  • Phone: +65 6332 7798

Singapore Philatelic Museum

Singapore Philatelic Museum

Situated in a quaint old building from the year of 1908, it is an interesting afternoon for both stamp collectors and non-collectors to visit the Singapore Philatelic Museum. There is a fine collection of local and international stamps and coverings for the first day.

The stamps provide an insight into the history of Singapore and its multicultural society throughout the decades via the pictorial, artistic and administrative lens of various historical times. The graphic display shows in detail how stamps are made, including the drawing board, the printers and the radical tables, and the final product.

When you visit this museum, visitors may order guided tours at the front desk or schedule tours by booking in advance.

  • Location: 23-B Coleman Street Singapore, Singapore 179807
  • Open: Daily from 10 am to 7 pm
  • Phone: +65 337 3888

Peranakan Museum

Peranakan Museum

If you want to find the unique culture, which is still a living heritage of Singapore, let’s go to Peranakan Museum. The museum has 10 galleries of over 1200 pieces of Chinese objects from the Straits. Iron, porcelain, jewellery, textiles, clothing and religious objects are all included.

It also includes connections to Southeast Asian populations including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Myanmar. Check out this little museum that houses one of the finest Peranakan artifact collections in the world.

  • Location: 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941
  • Open: Daily from 10 am to 7 pm (open until 9 pm on Fridays)
  • Phone: +65 6332 7591

Art Science Museum

The ArtScience Museum is built like a extended hand, or even like a bunch of bananas, on the coastline in the shadow of Marina Bay Sands. Through Dali to Harry Potter, it gives the city shifting shows.

It is considered a spot of great interest for children and adults and an enjoyable as well as informative experience, to explore the links between art and science. The gallery is a 10-minute stroll from Bayfront MRT Station on a bay sidewalk of the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

  • Location: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
  • Open: Daily from 10 am to 7 pm (last admission at 9 pm)
  • Phone: +65 6688 8868

Singapore Navy Museum

Singapore Navy Museum

The Navy Museum in Singapore traces the history of Singapore’s navy forces from the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve of the Straits Settlements in the 19th century to today’s Republic of Singapore.

Antiques, old images, and descriptions of the new Navy High-tech Corvette missile warships are shown as well. Don’t forget to take your passport with you.

  • Location: Endurance Block 36 Admiralty Road West, Levels 1 to 3, Sembawang Camp, Singapore 759960
  • Open: Monday–Friday from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm (closed on weekends)
  • Phone: +65 6750 5585

Red Dot Design Museum

Red Dot Design Museum

The Red Dot Design Museum is bringing you a different look at everyday objects. This museum takes advantage of innovative ideas that make our lives easier and to discover some of the more unique atmospheres and devices, it’s easy to spend an hour.

Although the gallery is fairly small, the spectrum of design–from posters, signage, computers, and home appliances–is large and distinctive.

  • Location: 11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940
  • Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm (open until 11 pm Friday-Sunday)
  • Phone: +65 6514 8265

Hopefully, you could get a wonderful time with these Singapore museums. Singapore culture is a breathtaking fusion of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western. Take your time and discover more about Singapore before your trip.

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