National Museum of Singapore

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National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
With a history dating back to its inception in 1887, the National Museum of Singapore is the nation's oldest museum with a progressive mind. Its galleries adopt cutting-edge and multi-perspective ways of presenting history and culture to redefine conventional museum experience. A cultural and architectural landmark in Singapore, the Museum hosts innovative festivals and events all year round-the dynamic Night Festival, visually arresting art installations, as well as amazing performances and film screenings-in addition to presenting thought-provoking exhibitions involving critically important collections of artefacts. The programming is supported by a wide range of facilities and services including F&B, retail and a Resource Centre. The National Museum of Singapore re-opened in December 2006 after a three-year redevelopment, and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012. The Museum refreshed its permanent galleries and re-opened them on 19 September 2015 for Singapore's Golden Jubilee.
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Romickid
Los Angeles, CA5 contributions
History of Singapore
Apr 2021
Overall a great place to go, especially if you want to know the history of Singapore. As foreigners, S$15 for adults and S$10 for students.
Written April 26, 2021
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Blok103
Liverpool, UK284 contributions
Fantastic
Nov 2020
A really fascinating day out. We didn’t get to see the whole thing so we will be going back. Lots of insight in to Singapore’s history
Written March 20, 2021
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Jingpei
Singapore, Singapore1,105 contributions
A walk in the history, deeply etched
Feb 2021 • Couples
Visited for the exhibition on Pandemic and Truly Home. A good experience to walk through the short but rich history of Singapore. Love the effort to include real life accounts and engaging locals to interviews for a perspective from their point of view. How people in different walks of life came through the tumultuous times of Singapore's past and most recently the Covid-19 pandemic. Manage to see some real artefacts from the history, part of my growing up years and things that we won't ever go back to again. Can only reminiscence..
Written February 28, 2021
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Kenneth
Singapore, Singapore32 contributions
A must go for all Singaporeans
Jan 2021 • Couples
Really one of the best museums in singapore due to the extensive research and collections for Singaporeans to connect with our short but rich history.

Helps us understand lee kuan yew and the earlier years in Singapore.
Written January 13, 2021
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ianwyj
Singapore, Singapore4,844 contributions
Reconnecting with the history of Singapore
Dec 2020
It's been almost two decades since I visited the National Museum. I usually enjoy visiting museums but have had this (unfair) perception that this museum's displays are dull. A recent visit helped to dispel that feeling and made me see it in a brand new light. Housed in a grand mansion of a building that dates back to the 1840s, it underwent a long period of renovation before reopening in 2006. Unsurprisingly, its main exhibit is the history of Singapore. Using a variety of media, from physical mock-ups to dioramas to multimedia, visitors get to trace the island from its first historical mention in the 14th century, through its founding as a trading port by the East India Company on the early 19th century, to becoming a Straits Settlement and British colony over the next hundred or so years. The story then moves towards the Japanese occupation during the second world war, independence from Britain, and finally to its development as a sovereign nation. I especially enjoyed the displays pertaining to the development of police force as well as the effects of opium smoking. All this took me slightly over two hours to get through at a fairly lesiurely pace. I also walked through a temporary visually-stunning digital exhibition titled Story of the Forest which made clever use of the building's rotunda. And December being Children's Month at the museum, loads of kids were in attendance, mainly to have their photos taken next to the numerous Doraemon displays.
Written December 8, 2020
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Chelsea B
Milton Keynes, UK1,834 contributions
History of Singapore
Dec 2019
We spent 2 hours at the oldest museum in Singapore, the National Museum. The cost to enter was $15, which I felt was reasonable value for the amount of time we spent in there. We honestly could have spent more but we had other places to be. 

There was so much to learn about the history of Singapore. I particularly liked the mural that could be seen as you descended the staircase and the exhibits that showcased some of the vintage Asian fashion.
Written November 13, 2020
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DoricWanderer
Ellon, UK73 contributions
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Mar 2020
we both like museums and this one was worth a visit. loads of information about the island pre and post independence
Written October 4, 2020
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JackyTanSG
Singapore, Singapore2,740 contributions
A Must-Visit Place!
Aug 2020 • Couples
If you wish to learn more about the history of Singapore, then this is a must visit place! Start with a visit at the Glass Rotunda at level 2, from there you will be connected to Singapore History Gallery. Do spent at least 3 hrs for a in-depth understanding of Singapore history from the 14th century to present day.
Written August 22, 2020
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Kikis78
Singapore, Singapore109 contributions
Japanese Occupation Period
Jul 2020
As Singaporeans, we get to enter the museum free. It was always a delight to visit as it has the Japanese occupation exhibits and displays and recordings from that period. It is a good place for good history lesson, This place can get boring if you have been here within the last 2 years as everything is still the same and exhibits doesnt change.
Written July 31, 2020
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MYU
Shanghai, China3 contributions
Combination of modern and tradition
Jul 2020
Public areas are spacious and full of modern art design. The galleries are well structured and very informative with stories, pictures, objects and multimedia illustrations. Cafe was luminous, quiet, cosy (with aircon), perfect for a peaceful afternoon tea, with a good book.
Written July 20, 2020
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