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“First Rate Displays” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897, Singapore
65 6332 3251
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Ranked #29 of 278 Attractions in Singapore
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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San Francisco
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“First Rate Displays”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Anyone interested in the history of Singapore needs to make this a must see while visiting. Housed in a historic building, this is a very modern museum which has exhibits on such thing as local food, fashion, entertainment, and families. I particularly enjoyed the entertainment section which had exhibits of movie posters and ran film clips from Singaporean cinema. There was also a full size Chinese puppet theater and a display of Chinese Opera costumes.

However, the highlight of the museum is in the rear in a new addition to the building. A circular building where you start at the top and work your way down which encompasses the entire history of Singapore from the original natives, through Colonial days, World War II through Independence, to the present day. Everything was so well done, I felt that this was an overseas version of the Smithsonian Institution.

If you flew Singapore Airlines, show your boarding pass and get half off the modest admission charge. The museum also has an excellent gift shop on site.

Visited January 2013
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“Very average, confusing layout”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Although this museum has a large number of objects in their collection and several important artifacts, such as the Stone of Singapore, the layout of the exhibition is painful. Within the story of Singapore exhibit there are two pathways you can take, both have different objects and cross over at different points, meaning you have to keep backtracking if you want to see everything. Also there are also no maps - we were approached by one elderly lady who couldn't find the exit at all and had been wondering around for 10+ minutes. The tablets computers you are given are very difficult to use and have a mix of audio and text; some of the software functions on them are also broken / misprogrammed. Overall, the objects are interesting, but museum layout could use a serious overhaul to place it in line with Singapore's other museums.

Visited February 2013
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“A Total Waste of Time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is most definitely not a real museum but a collection of diverse exhibits. More like an art gallery with a section devoted to the history of Singapore. Even there, the displays are static and fairly poor. The tablet-based personal tour guide for the history section is painful to use - sometimes audio, sometimes text. You spend you time entering numbers into the guide to get information about an exhibit rather than enjoying the exhibits themselves.

I greatly enjoy visiting museums. Sorry to say this but visiting this place is a total waste of time. Go elsewhere.

Visited January 2013
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Darwin
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“Enjoyable and Informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Plan your trip - go early and if it is a public holiday, expect to wait.
The layout can be confusing but worth the wondering to see everything. Have been several times and always learn something new.

Visited December 2012
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“history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

get the general idea of the history of singapore.nice place. again i would like to remind that ..it would be good if u contact the authority to know the timing of the tours available.

Visited February 2012
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