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National Museum of Singapore
Ranked #24 of 814 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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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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Las Pinas
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1,448 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 691 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Good collection that showcases the people, the culture and the history of Singapore. Worth a visit. Many interesting items on display

Visited September 2013
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“I loved it, but my kids didn't.”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

The building is beautiful, with a cleverly added on glazed wing. We had head sets for the history of Singapore section. It was pretty slow going, with numerous options f what bits to follow. If you listened to it all, as I did just this one area can take 4 hours.

The kids who normally live museums, particularly with headsets, tuned out at the beginning with a very long winded movie about the early tribe fighting over the land. My boys usually love a good tight story, but it wasn't done in an engaging way. I actually got a bit fed up with it half way through.

It then centres on Raffles and Singapores British history where you chose between hearing 'personal stories' of people involved in the different section,o r getting an overview of the events.

We then went to the fashion and film sections. Sadly by the we were all a bit overloaded and jaded.

Visited August 2013
Thank Carolyn H
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Haifa, Israel
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Visited yesterday this beautiful museum, which is very easily approached with the MRT (metro). We visited the permanent collections with a free guided tour. The guide was very good, giving us in one hour a brief history of Singapore, while showing us the remarkable pieces in the collection. Than we visited the new building which hosts the temporary exhibitions - now they have a nice presentation of the Lichtenstein collection. The museum had a special activity for painters and amateurs which painted portraits copying the paintings with the instruction of a beautiful lady teacher. We spent very pleasant time in the museum and I think it is mandatory to each visitor for the first time in Singapore.

Visited August 2013
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“The building itself is stunning!”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

Just looking outside at the building is worth a visit.
Nice, simple museum to learn a little about the history of Singapore. Loved the old photos and stories.

Visited August 2013
Thank JayneAustralia
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Allow at least 3 hours”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

I have visited this museum twice and enjoyed it very much. Learn about the history of Singapore. It is housed in a beautiful building. Allow at least 3 hours.

Visited August 2013
Thank Sandra B
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