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“Great” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore
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Ranked #26 of 734 things to do in Singapore
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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Bordeaux, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Every visitor to Singapore should put aside time to visit this museum, and with the visiting exibitions there is always something new to see.

Visited October 2012
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Estero, Florida
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Singapore Museum History Gallery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

This Gallery has some very interesting displays of Singapores history. We took a free guided tour and it was well worth it. The tour guide had some interesting background information on the displays.
If you wanted to tour on your own, there was an audio tour that you could complete as fast or as slowly as you want.
It is nowhere near as big as some of the U.S. museums, but don't miss it!
The restaurants on site are VERY expensive!

Visited November 2012
Thank gschmaus
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Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“OK for a museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

the singapore museum is a little light on, but some of the temporary exhibitions have been winderful. Keep an eye out for whats on during your visit

Visited March 2012
Thank Rowdyrock
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Brisbane, Australia
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38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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“Confusing but memorable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

This is a fine social history museum with some intriguing things in the collection. The display is imaginative, a series of micro-environments designed to transport you to various different times and sections of society. The result is a slightly claustrophobic jumble of small, dimly lit enclosures that can make you confused about chronology. The entrance is modern and spacious with high-tech digital projections, but then you move into the main part of the museum which is crammed with actual stuff, not touch-screen computers. I love to see real things like this, not interactive virtual displays.

Visited May 2012
Thank Chris F
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“Singapore history in a modern building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

The museum consists of three blocks of building. The first was built in 1887 and the second was added in 1907. It was totally revamped and renovated with a total new building in 2006.

Besides Singapore history gallery, there are four more Living Galleries: Food, Photography, Fashion and Film/ Wayang (street opera). It gives you a coverage of all aspects of life of Singapore, both ancient days and not so long ago. In the history gallery, the state of the art audio aids really offer complete guide to your tours.

Watch out for their free guided tours if you are there. Ask the front counter for details.

Visited November 2012
Thank Yapahloy
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