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National Museum of Singapore

93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897, Singapore (Singapore River)
65 6332 3251
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Ranked #35 of 336 attractions in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, History Museums
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Traveler Description: The National Museum of Singapore is Singapore’s oldest museum with the youngest and most innovative soul. Designed to be the people’s museum... more »
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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Melbourne, Australia
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222 reviews 222 reviews
92 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The exhibition focuses on the history of Singapore so for a tourist like me it gave a great idea of colonial history and the development of the wonderful modern city of Singapore. Staff are helpful and friendly and the current temporary exhibition, "Genesis" is a wow, superb natural history and environmental images.

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Brisbane, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The Building itself is just beautiful, then all the rooms that cover different things are a bit like Pandora's box, I have no sense of direction, and got lost sometimes, but most other people probably won't, because of that, not sure if we got to see everything, no problem going back when next we visit.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This is a very well organized museum. However you don't see much of artifacts in this museum. But you can walk through the history of Singapore with their well organized multi media backed presentation in the museum. if you have about 2 hrs to spare and if you have a interest on history worth visiting this place. please make sure... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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39 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

After some 30 years later, I re-visited the National Museum of Singapore. I remember those days when I brought my kids to the museum, there were dinosaur exhibition, artifacts of the Straits Settlements and those of the colonial past. This time the museum has changed so drastically and has elevated to few storeys to include the exhibition at the basement... More

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Heidelberg, Germany
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The museum gave a nice insight into Singapore's history. Tip: have your Singapore Airlines or your student card available as you can receive a discount with it.

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Singapore, Singapore
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Located & walkable from Bras Basah MRT station. The permanent exhibition consists of the history of Singapore like the fashion, photography, etc but it didn't have much to offer for us to see. The temporary exhibition was superb! For photography enthusiasts, something you should go for -ending on 31st August . Despite that, I love the overall experience. Free admission... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This museum is brilliant - if you have an interest in the history and culture of the places you visit, then the National Museum of Singapore is a delight. Good value for money, as entry tickets include admission to the art galleries and exhibitions too.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We had a few hours to spare after we had checked out of our hotel and before our flight left and so we opted to fill the time with a visit to the National Museum. We were very pleased we did as the building is beautiful and the museum is well worth a visit. We opted to join a guided... More

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Washington, DC
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15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Since so much of what you see in Singapore was built in the last 20-30 years, we found it hard to understand how the city might have grown and changed until we visited the Singapore History Galleries at this museum. It's a very comprehensive review of who and what came before. Visitors can choose different paths to follow depending on... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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24 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Went for a look expecting to be 2.5 hours.... stayed 3 hours and didn't finish. Well done exhibits. The main history exhibit overuses an ipad... without the ipad... you are lost. I prefer having a choice. The food and photography exhibits were great. The Japanese occupation was weak and over reliant on personal stories. The real disappointment was the exhibit... More

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