Changi Chapel and Museum

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Changi Chapel and Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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The newly revamped Changi Chapel and Museum (CCM) features new content and artefacts presented in an intimate and engaging format to tell the story of the prisoners of war and civilians interned in Changi prison camp during the Japanese Occupation. As part of the revamp, the National Museum of Singapore which manages Changi Museum has been collecting stories and personal objects from families of former internees that emphasise their personal experiences. The museum’s narrative is centred on remembrance and reflection, encouraging visitors to contemplate both the hardships that the internees underwent, as well as their courage and resilience in the face of difficulties.
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KJO74
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Family
We spent a good hour going through the museum today. The content is modern and well presented and unlike other museums you don’t feel like you are overwhelmed with content and facts figures by the end. It really is well done!!

I would recommend doing the Battlebox tour before this museum as you will find it is a follow on from a lot of the content you have already learnt.

A modern touch is the top it tour guide. First time I have ever seen this and again it worked well with the content and exhibits.

Getting there:
- MRT to Upper Changi
- follow the exit signs to Bus 2.
- once on bus 2 it is seven stops
Written July 2, 2022
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Ken-of-Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia19 contributions
The museum is just the right size to be able to take everything in. It uses old photographs, objects, written and spoken words to convey the experiences of mainly Australian prisoners of war in a camp run by the Japanese during World War 2. As well as their notebooks, uniforms and everyday objects, there are also artistic sketches, wall murals, embroidered cloths and other little things that they made. In the face of overcrowding and inadequate food, prisoners kept up their morale through work, reading, education, worship, sports, concerts, art and literature. They ingeniously made many necessities such as soap and shaving gear and were able to grow some food. The images of these emaciated men stare back at you with proud faces from a difficult past and one can only feel respect and admiration for their unconquerable spirit.

The staff are extremely friendly and you can follow a talking robot through the rooms. This uncrowded museum is well worth a visit not only for history buffs but also for anyone wanting to understand how humans can cope with and ultimately triumph over adversity.
Written May 7, 2022
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Andrea Goh
Singapore, Singapore43 contributions
Family
The place is well taken care of, very minimalistic design, replicates the Changi Chapel and tells the history of Changi. Alot of voice recordings to listen to and even has a prison cell replicated. There is also only one Changi Tree left around in the vicinity.
Written July 5, 2021
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DTKJSG
18 contributions
Couples
An informative and sensitively done exhibition and narrative. Size is just perfect for an hour or so and do read the descriptions especially of the murals. We loved the ability to use a stylus for the touch panels. The chapel was serene and lovely. In all, a thoughtful museum. Thanks also to Ithin and the reception team who were helpful and professional The Bark restaurant next door is tasty and a convenient place to rest. A meaningful day out and visit - do go!
Written July 18, 2021
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RNC007
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Thoroughly enjoyed walking around reading and listening to the material on offer. Informative and at times shocking to hear the stories of what happened to the POW's. My uncle unfortunately spent time here and survived. One of the lucky ones.
Written May 16, 2022
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jordanamman23
amman16 contributions
Getting there may not be easy as you need to MRT and then bus and signage at MRT is not good to know which side of road to catch bus. Museum was interesting and many unknown aspects covered. Quite emotional at times. The chapel is as pictured but nice to sit and reflect.
Written January 3, 2022
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emol26
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
This beautiful museum has been set up as a memorial to those who suffered and died during the 2nd World War.

The museum is situated just outside the present Changi Prison and not far from the Changi Airport.

Admission is free, but you need to pay for a self guided tour. Looking back I really didn't need the self guided tour - the exhibits are self explanatory You need about an hour or two to do the museum justice.

I learnt so much! I knew that Australian soldiers were involved (my great uncle died there) but I had not understood the involvement of the local people and how they suffered -in particular the ethnic Chinese.

The museum is very easy to get to by public transport - train to Tanah Merah and then the number 2 bus, or you can get the number 2 bus from Victoria Street in the central down town Bugis area. My bus diver alerted me when we were at the stop.
Written January 12, 2009
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Wonder A
Singapore379 contributions
Friends
A museum dedicated to Singapore's history during the Second World War. Take your time to browse through the magnificent wall paintings which were painstaking recreated from the originals by Bombardier Stanley Warren. The museum serves as an important educational institution and resource centre for all Singaporeans. No wonder Singaporeans are so proud of their country! If time permits, one should also take a "seat" at the chapel to get a feel of the place and think of the events that had taken place during the Japanese occupation unrevealing in one's mind!

To end the trip, there's a restaurant just next to the chapel where one could feast on good Western food. In order to get a taste on the various food, its advisable to order different food and share them.
Written December 5, 2013
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Odyssey33005
Sydney Australia2 contributions
I live in Sydney Australia and my father survived over 2 years working on the "death railway" in WW2.
On the way home from a resort holiday, my wife and I & two daughters (11 & 13 ) spent two days in Singapore.
Eager to learn more about what my father had experienced during the war we visited the Changi Chapel & museum.
Catching a taxi from Orchard Rd we arrived within 40 minutes at the museum. The taxi driver agreed to wait for 1 hour as the museum was "quite small and this was all the time we would need".
Admission is free and guided tours (at a small cost but recommended) are available.
The video story of Elizabeth Choy ( a nurse who was tortured for giving assistance to injured POW's ) was very moving.
We then spent two unforgettable hours as the guide explained events leading up to the invasion of Singapore, the origins of the work Changi, background information on the feats of courage and survival shown by the POW's.
The opportunity to write a message in the visitors book gave our children a chance to continue some family connection with an impotant part of world history.
We had a most moving and unforgettable experience !
We purchased some historical books and post cards to allow us to contnue to learn and understand what life was like in the 1940's for prisoners.
A must see for anyone with a family member who was affected by the invasion of Singapore.
Highly recommended - an experience not to be missed.
We returned to the city by Taxi at a total cost of $60 (including 2 hrs waiting time ). The Changi Chapel experience provides a spiritual contrast to the remainder of the afternoon spent shopping in Singapores modern temples of consumerism.
Written April 29, 2005
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Arthur V
Perth, Australia1,236 contributions
Changi Prison is one of the unique places to visit whilst in Singapore although it isn't for everyone. If you are British, Australian or New Zealander Changi means a lot more than just a prison, it is a place where many of our soldiers died whilst in captivity under the Japanese occupation.

Every time I go to Singapore I always make a trip to the prison to pay my respects to those that died and to reflect on the hardship imposed on those that survived. It is a wonderful place, well maintained by the Singaporeans and is an excellent venue to show your children how their ancestors fought, died and survived the atrocities that abound during wars.

Take the time to wander through the exhibits and read the stories of those that were captured at the fall of Singapore and the struggles that they endured until liberated by the Allied Forces. War is not pleasant and I would not wish it on anyone but for those of us who have served and fought Changi is an inspiration to all and a reminder of why we fight.

It is well worth the effort and time to visit.
Written August 8, 2009
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  • Tue - Sun 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM