Museums

Buildings dating from the Colonial era being progressively converted for use as museums include the magnificent Empress Place Building along the Singapore River, the Singapore History Museum on Stamford Road and the Singapore Art Museum on Bras Basah Road.

Housed in a historic building, that is over 90 years old the Singapore Philatelic Museum has a fine collection of local and international stamps, first day covers and other interesting exhibits. The Asian Civilisations Museum focuses on the civilisations of the East, Southeast, South and West Asia.

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Asian Civilisations Museum

The exhibits in the first wing of the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM I) are housed in a restored neo-classical building dating back to 1910. The focus of the first wing of the museum is on Chinese civilisation and culture. On display is also the museum's highly acclaimed permanent exhibition, the Peranakan Legacy, which showcases the rich material heritage of the Peranakans from the Straits Settlements and the Indonesian Archipelago. Among the highlights will be a display of the museum's renowned batik, embroidery and beadwork collections and a chance to view exquisite silver and porcelain pieces.

The next wing of the Museum (ACM II), located at the Empress Place Building, has just re-opened in February 2003 after some renovation. Spread over three levels, a series of thematic galleries will give an insight into the cultural heritage of India, China, Southeast Asia and the Islamic World. State-of-the-art display and interactive technologies with educational elements will be carefully integrated into the galleries, along with a centre specially dedicated to younger visitors. A special exhibition gallery will also be provided, to house blockbuster exhibitions. These exhibits will be enhanced by exciting fringe events that will bring ancient traditions, practices and art forms to life.

Open:
12 noon - 6pm (Mon), 9am - 6pm (Tue - Thur, Sat & Sun), 9am - 9pm (Fri)
Admission: SGD 3 adults, SGD 1.50 children (6 - 16 years) and seniors
SGD 8 Family ticket (max 5 members)
Prices may change when there are special exhibitions.
Free admission on late nights every Friday 6pm to 9pm.
Guided Tours:
11am, 2pm (Tue to Fri) for English language tours with an additional tour at 3:30pm on Sat. and Sun.
10.30am (Tue to Fri) for Japanese language tours.
Approximate Touring Time:
2 hours
Location:
ACM 1 - 39 Armenian Street Singapore 179941
ACM II - Empress Place, 1 Empress Place 179555
Tel: (65) 6332 3015 / 6332 3284
Fax:
(65) 6332 7993
Email:
nhb_acm@nhb.gov.sg
Getting There: From City Hall MRT Station (NS25/EW13), walk towards Stamford Road and turn into Armenian
Street at the MPH bookshop. The museum is diagonally across from MPH.
Accessibility for the physically disabled: The following information is obtained from Access Singapore.

  • Main entrance - Access by ramp (low kerb at entrance). Accessible to wheelchair and ambulant-disabled.

  • Accessibility within the premises - Accessible to wheelchair and ambulant-disabled.

  • Lifts - Accessible to wheelchair and ambulant-disabled.

  • Public toilets for the disabled - Ground level. Entrance door is heavy. Access is limited and assistance may be required. Accessible to ambulant-disabled.

  • Eating outlets - Level 1. Accessible to wheelchair and ambulant-disabled.

Web sites : Asian Civilisations Museum (http://www.museum.org.sg/ACM/acm.shtml)

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Chinatown Heritage Centre

Located in three newly restored shophouses at the ethnic quarters of Chinatown, the Chinatown Heritage Centre houses a wealth of memories and untold stories of how Singapore’s early forefathers had settled in this area after their perilous journey from afar. Each level of the Centre takes you to a different time in the history of Chinatown and allows you to trace the lives of its early occupants. Life in the old days was very simple and almost everyone lived in rented cubicles of shophouses. Poverty, diseases and harsh living conditions were common and widespread. The hard life of the migrants resulted in many of them seeking solace in the four evils: opium smoking, prostitution, gambling and secret societies. On a brighter note, Chinatown, in its heyday, was always bustling with life and activity. Traditional festivals of different races were celebrated here, thus making Chinatown culturally vibrant and unique.

Learn about this rich history through exhibits that relate the real life stories of Chinatown's former residents. Get a chance to see how each cubicle of a typical shophouse was like in the past, as each has been skillfully re-created based on the recollections of its former residents. This personal touch enables you to relate to the core human spirit and guarantees an enriching Gallery experience. Guided tours of the Gallery are conducted on the hour. While waiting for the tour to commence, do drop by at the Centre’s Kopi Tiam (a traditional term for coffeeshop) for an aromatic cup of coffee and local snack. Looking for a memento of Chinatown? Select from a range of unique traditional souvenirs such as hand-sewn Chinese quilted blankets, traditional miniature sewing machines and clogs at the retail shop.


Open:
10am - 7pm (daily)
Admission
: SGD 8 adults, SGD 4.80 children
Approximate Touring Time
: 1.5 hours
Location
: 48 Pagoda Street Singapore 059207
Tel:
(65) 6325 2878
Fax:
(65) 6325 2879
E-mail:
enquiry@chinatownheritagecentre.com.sg
Getting There:
Take the MRT to City Hall Station (EW13/NS25) and take bus service no. 61, 80, 197 from North Bridge Road. Click here to view MRT route map.
Website:
Chinatown Heritage Centre (http://www.chinatownheritagecentre.com.sg)

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Images of Singapore

Visitors can sample the different facets of Singapore under one roof in this museum. Singapore's history from the 14th century to the early 20th century is recreated with life-size figures in the Pioneers of Singapore museum. Experience the battle of Malaya and Singapore in the Surrender Chambers which depicts Singapore during the war years of 1941 to 1945. Festivals of Singapore showcases the cultural heritage of Singapore. Set in the 1950s and 1960s, exhibits introduce the various customs and traditions of the different ethnic groups in Singapore - the Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakans.

Open:
9am - 9pm (daily)
Admission: SGD 8 adults, SGD 5 children
Approximate Touring Time: 1.5 hours
Location:
40 Cable Car Road Sentosa Singapore 099700
Tel:
(65) 6275 0426
Fax:
(65) 6275 0161
Getting There:
Take Sentosa Bus from World Trade Centre or Tiong Bahru MRT station. On Sentosa, take the monorail and alight at Station M4 or by bus on the Blue and Green lines. Alternatively, take the Cable Car from either World Trade Centre or Mount Faber.
Accessibility for the physically disabled:
The following information is obtained from Access Singapore.

  • Main entrance - Accessible to ambulant-disabled. Steps/Kerb (No ramp provided).

  • Side entrance - Ask for assistance from the ticketing counter. Accessible to wheelchair and ambulant-disabled.

  • Lifts - Nil but wheelchair stair-climber is available to help visitors access upper stories. Please ask for assistance at the ticketing counter.

  • Ticketing counter - Access to wheelchair is limited and assistance may be required. Accessible to ambulant-disabled.

  • Public toilets for the disabled - Outside the building. Accessible to wheelchair and ambulant-disabled.

  • Public telephone - Near the Atrium

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Maritime Museum

From a small sleepy port to the world's busiest port, Singapore is steeped in a maritime history both colourful and varied. The gallery displays the finest collection of ship models in Southeast Asia, rare ship charts, photographs, equipment and artefacts. Proceed to the Boat Pavilion to discover the evolution of boats. Ingenious fishing methods of bygone days are revealed in the Kelong, in the Fisheries Gallery and a section on Man and the Ocean features exhibits relating to ships and navigation. An interesting collection of outdoor exhibits includes a 100-year old steam crane.

Open: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mon & Tue)
Admission: Free
Approximate Touring Time: 40 minutes
Location:
Artillery Ave, Sentosa, Singapore 099949
Tel: (65) 6275 0133
Fax: (65) 6275 0161
Getting There: From the World Trade Centre, take Sentosa bus A. Alternatively, take Sentosa bus E from Orchard Road.
Accessibility for the physically disabled: The following information is obtained from Access Singapore.

  • Main entrance - Accessible to wheelchair and ambulant-disabled. Drainage gratings at the entrance might trap the front castors wheel.

  • Side entrance - Nil

  • Lift - N.A.

  • Ticketing Counter - Access to wheelchair is limited and assistance may be required. Accessible to ambulant-disabled.

  • Public toilet for the disabled - Nil

  • Public telephone - Nil

  • Remarks - Route leading to the venue is very steep. There are steps within the museum.

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NUS Museum

Situated amidst serene surroundings at Kent Ridge Cresent near the National University of Singapore, NUS museums offers a memorable experience for anyone seeking a taste of ancient culture and contemporary artworks of Asia. Watch China's 7,000 years of rich culture unfold before your eyes as a spectacular collection of ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, jade and bronzes tells the story behind one of the world's greatest civilizations. Admire the beautiful display of South and Southeast Asian art pieces. Catch the most comprehensive collection of works by Singapore's foremost sculptor, Ng Eng Teng.

The NUS museums is also next to the University Cultural Centre, a performing arts hall which showcases spectacular performances. Plan an evening at Kent Ridge and immerse yourself in the arts experience there! For more information, log on to
www.nus.edu.sg/museums.

Address: NUS Museums Building, University Cultural Centre, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119279
Opening hrs: 9am - 5pm daily (Closed on Sundays and public holidays).
Tel: 6874 4616/ 6874 4618
Fax: 67783738/ 68722632

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Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum

The Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum traces the development of the Republic of Singapore Air Force from its early days as the Royal Air Force in 1927 to the present. The museum resides on 10,600 m2 of land, with a total built-up area of 4,600 m2. The exhibition area comprises an outdoor gallery and the History of Aviation gallery on the first level. On the second level are eight indoor galleries. The museum showcases colonial cap badges, Bloodhound missiles and artefacts, including planes such as the Hunter Hawker, the SF260 Marchetti and the A4-S Skyhawk.
Open:
8.30 am to 5 pm (Tue - Sun except public holidays)
Admission: Free
Approximate Touring Time: 1 hour
Location: 400 Airport Road, Paya Lebar Airbase, Singapore 534234
Tel: (65) 6461 8507
Fax: (65) 6461 8505
Email:
afmuseum@starnet.gov.sg
Getting There: Take SBS bus 94 (except on Sundays and public holidays) from Eunos MRT station (EW7) or SBS bus 90 from Toa Payoh bus interchange.

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Republic of Singapore Navy Museum

With exhibits tracing the development of naval forces in Singapore from the Straits Settlements Royal Volunteer Reserve of the 19th century to today's Republic of Singapore Navy, the Singapore Navy Museum is well worth a visit. There are exhibits to capture the attention of general interest visitors and military enthusiasts alike - antique marine equipment, historic photographs and even details of the sophisticated, high technology missile corvette vessels.
Open:
8:30am - 4:30pm (Mon-Fri), 8:30am - 12 noon (Sat)
Admission: Free. Please bring along your passport.
Approximate Touring Time: 1 hour
Location:
32 Admiralty Road West, Endurance Block, Sembawang Camp, Singapore 759959
Tel:
(65) 6750 5585
Fax: (65) 6750 5667
Getting There: Take the MRT to Sembawang Station (NS11), then take TIBS bus 856. Alight at the bus stop after Sembawang Shipyard on Admiralty Road West. Obtain a gate pass before entering the camp.

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Royal Selangor Pewter Museum

Pewter, an alloy combining tin, copper and antimony, is a specialty of Southeast Asia. The Pewter Museum showcases a private collection of 75 items ranging from tobacco boxes, oil lamps, intricate Chinese lanterns with lotus motifs to pewter making tools as old as 100 years or more. The museum also features daily demonstrations of traditional pewter processes.

Open:
8:30am - 5:30pm (daily)
Admission:
Free
Approximate Touring Time:
30 minutes
Location:
32 Pandan Road Singapore 609279
Tel: (65) 6268 9600
Fax: (65) 6268 6300
Email:
rsspore@singnet.com.sg
Getting There: Take the MRT to Clementi Station (EW23), then take a taxi or SBS bus 78.

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Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum at Bras Basah Road is housed in a beautifully restored school building (the former St. Joseph's Institution). The museum has 13 galleries and is home to the national art collection of Singapore. Since its openning in 1996 the museum's permanent collection has grown from under 2000 art works to over 4000, making it the largest collection of 20th -century Southeast Asian art in the region.

Open:
12noon- 6pm (Mon), 9am - 6pm (Tue - Thur, Sat & Sun), 9am - 9pm (Fri).
Admission: SGD 3 adults, SGD 1.50 children (6 - 16 years) and seniors
SGD 8 Family ticket (max 5 members)
Prices may change where there are special exhibitions.
Free admission on late nights every Friday 6pm to 9pm.
Guided Tours: Tours in English at 11am and 2pm (Tue to Fri) with an additional tour at 3.30pm on Sat and Sun.
Tours in Japanese at 10.30am (Tue to Fri).

Approximate Touring Time:
2 hours
Location:
71 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189555
Tel:
(65) 6332 3222
Fax:
(65) 6334 7919
Getting There:
Take the MRT to Dhoby Ghaut (NS24) or City Hall Station (NS25/EW13) and walk towards Bras Basah Road. Click here to view MRT route map.
Accessibility for the physically disabled: The following information is obtained from Access Singapore.

  • Entrance - Accessible to wheelchair and ambulant-disabled.

  • Reserved disabled car park lot - Nil

  • Accessibility within the premises - Accessible to wheelchair and ambulant-disabled. Braille numbers for visually impaired. Signal equipment for hearing-impaired.

  • Lifts - Accessible to wheelchair and ambulant-disabled.

  • Public toilets for the disabled - Level 1 and 2. Narrow door width. Access to wheelchair is limited and assistance may be required. Accessible to ambulant-disabled.

  • Eating outlets - Nil

  • Public telephone - Access to wheelchair is limited and assistance may be required. Accessible to ambulant-disabled

  • Taxi stand - Nil

Web sites : Singapore Art Museum (http://www.museum.org.sg/SAM/sam.shtml)

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Singapore Mint Coin Gallery

An impressive collection of coins, medals and medallions from all over the world is found at the Singapore Mint's exhibition gallery. Visitors can mint their own souvenir coins at the gallery's coin press.

Open:
9am - 4.30pm (Mon to Fri)
Admission: Free
Approximate Touring Time:
1 hour
Location:
20 Teban Gardens Crescent Singapore 608928
Tel:
(65) 6566 2626
Fax:
(65) 6565 2626 / 6567 2626
Email:
sa@singaporemint.com.sg
Getting There:
Take the MRT to Boon Lay Station (EW27), then take SBS bus 154 to Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim and walk in by Teban Gardens Crescent. Click here to view MRT route map.

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Singapore Philatelic Museum

This museum is a treat for both stamp and non-stamp collectors. Collectors will be enchanted with the fine collection of stamps, local and international, and first day covers housed in this quaint building dating back to 1907. For non-collectors, the museum is a showcase for the rich and enduring traditions and cultures of multi-ethnic Singapore captured on stamps, postcards and visuals. The intricate process leading to a stamp issue - from artwork through printing plates and progressive sheets to the final product - are vividly illustrated through exhibits, interactive games and hands-on activities. Visitors may request for guided tours at the reception or pre-arrange tours by phone.

Open: 9am - 6pm (Tue - Sun, closed on Mon)
Admission:
SGD 2 (adults), SGD 1 children and senior citizens (60 years and above)
Approximate Touring Time:
1 hour
Location:
23B Coleman Street Singapore 179807
Tel:
(65) 6337 3888
Fax: (65) 6337 8958
Getting There:
Take the MRT to City Hall Station (NS25/EW13) and walk towards Coleman Street. Click here to view MRT route map.
Web sites :
Singapore Philatelic Museum
(http://www.spm.org.sg)

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