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“Great exhibition” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Changi Museum

The Changi Museum
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Changi WWII War Trail and Museum Tour
Ranked #17 of 796 things to do in Singapore
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum honors POWs who endured the Japanese occupation of Singapore in World War II. Their stories are told with an impressive collection of personal artifacts and news coverage. A British internee returned to the museum decades after the war to recreate the murals he’d painted on the walls of the original chapel – a moving insight into how those held prisoner found hope and comfort in any way possible.
Sydney, Australia
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“Great exhibition”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

This Museum and Chapel is only 10 minutes from the Changi Village Hotel and is well worth the time to go and see. The exhibits have been well put together and covers many aspects of prison life. I would give yourself about 1 hour to go through the Museum as there is so much history to take in within the place.

Visited May 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Da's lucky Escape from Singapore!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

A great museum, particularly if family were involved in Singapore during WW2. Dad escaped with an Evacuation Order the night before the surrender. He and 56 Argyll & Southerland Highlanders were allowed to leave for Sumatra on the RASC launch. In Padang, Dad couldn't get on the large Dutch troopship as the Argylls did but their ship was sunk by Japanese torpedos with no survivors. Dad scrounged deck space on an old Duch tramp steamer and made it to Columbo.

Visited June 2012
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Dapto, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Amoving morning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

A small memorial with lots of information that was easily accessed from Lavender via the MRT and No5 bus from Semei to Changi womens prison and No 2 Bus from the prison to museum. The museum has an excellent audio guide for $8 or you can go without for free. The audio was worth the $8 with an excellent guide to the exhibits and extra interviews with survivors and contributors to the museum. I learned many new things on the day I visited Changi

Visited May 2013
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“A must see, but very thought evoking.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

I have to admit that I am an ex Army man who served in Singapore, Malaya and Borneo in the 1960's so I am aware of the history. I would not have missed this visit for anything but you cannot really say you enjoy it. It brings home once again "man's inhumanity to man". Do please go and acknowledge the sacrifices made by so many.

Visited April 2013
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Regina, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Fascinating and sobering”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

This museum is a little off the beaten path but is accessible by public transport if you want to go independantly.
If you take the time to read all the displays you will get a good idea of the events of the British Surrender and the Japanese Occupation. If you are more of a browser then this won't take you long as there aren't many artefacts as such. The museum is small but tells a story and does so very well. The only disappointment is that photography is not allowed at all. I'm not sure why. It is more likely to appeal to those with an interest in history but would be of less interest to those only casually interested, especially given how far off the beaten track it is.

Visited February 2013
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