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National Museum of Singapore

93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897, Singapore (Singapore River)
65 6332 3251
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Ranked #33 of 334 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 »
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Bilbao, Spain
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Good idea for weekend excursions with family, friday evenings like most museums is free entrance. Clean and comfortable enough to bring young children. Museum shop is underrated, you can find nice things to see and buy every now and then. Food outlets make for good weekend brunch experience with family.

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Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We visited with friends on a weekday to keep the kids occupied and were surprised at the lack of tourist visitors - which is a shame as the exhibits were very well thought out and our children aged 1 and 4 had a wonderful time. There is lots to explore on every level, don't forget the 4th floor! Masak Masak... More

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Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

If you are really interested in the history of Singapore in great detail, this is the place to be. Otherwise, the better museum is the Asian Civilizations Museum. Enjoyable nonetheless.

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you want to learn about/understand more of the history of Singapore this is a MUST see attraction. The museum itself is housed in a glorious building just oozing history. Highly recommend.

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Hong Kong, China
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is one of the most interesting and historically-packed attractions in SIngapore. It is a must-gos for history buffs or those interested in exploring the beginnings of the city. Reasonably priced too, costing only $10 Singapore Dollars per adults, students go only for $5. The highlighting gallery is the permanent exhibition: History of Singapore. It takes you from the early... More

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Shanghai, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Beautiful Museum in a grand historical building. The museum has several spaces covering international exhibitions as well as very comprehensive exhibitions about Singapore from its progress to nature and culture. Really enjoyed the exhibition of the history of Singapore which showcased the different milestones in the development of Singapore from the hardship it has endured to it modern development and... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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186 reviews 186 reviews
85 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Learned a lot about the history of Singapore and it's people. They also have very beautiful opera costumes and intricate puppets.

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Mechelen, Belgium
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I'm not typically a museum fan - but this one got me strolling around for hours. The temporary (& free) exhibits on the basement floor were beautiful picture galleries - so we were lucky here. The permanent exhibition "Singapore History Gallery" takes you trough Singapore's facinating story via 2 routes: the "big events" and the "everyday life". We followed a... More

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Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
58 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Very accessible museum which provides a full overview of modern Singapore since its founding. The audio guide provided with admission is superb, offering both a general overview and a more "personal" viewpoint of individual citizens. Definitely go!

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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181 reviews 181 reviews
39 attraction reviews
373 helpful votes 373 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A brilliant attraction to learn about all things Singapore. I went on the recommendation of a friend and it was well worth a trip. Cheap to get in (parts are free after 5 or 6pm I think but it's worth paying) and you can easily spend a couple of hours here. It's also next to fort canning park which is... More

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