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“Huge collection and worth for visit!”

National Museum of Singapore
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Ranked #25 of 864 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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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Very huge collection of artifacts and history items in this museum. Located nearby Orchard Road and City Hall, easy accessible using MRT. Its building is british colonial style and been conserved in very good condition. Entrance fee is SGD 10 for foreign adult, for foreign student, show your student card to enjoy discount ! Divided into both living galleries and history gallery, spend at least 3-4 hours to enjoy the collection entirely. They display the items using both visual and audio method, so just follow the footprints on the floor. Get a translator for easier understanding at the entrance into history gallery FOC. Nice and very helpful staffs ;)

Thank Ckkhoo
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

I have a serious problem with the presentation style of the museum. This is all for kids and teenagers who supplement school lessons with a museum visit. All the presentation is based around individual stories; when I attempt to learn country's history I want facts. Preferably in chronological order. It does not help that all these stories take up so much time on the audio guide that its charge does not last for the whole visit. There are interesting exhibits but the presentation makes it nearly impossible to get a coherent picture. I found the "food gallery" nearly the only informative part of the museum.

Thank vmilman
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Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Despite the price to get in the museum it was very good. It was clean & tidy and very informative. Each person gets an audio guide which guides you through the museum. You can choose how much (or how little) you want to listen to which is good.

At the start of the tour we were listening to everything so by the end it was getting a little tiresome & we ended up skipping some parts which was a shame as the part about the war was at the end. My advice is to be selective from the start - we were there over 2 hours despite skipping some parts.

Thank James M
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Some of the rooms are not as interesting but the main exhibit about the history is fascinating and you get a personal tablet audio. Listen out for the Singapore song at the beginning, it will be in your head all day!

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

This a great museum, not boring as hell, have a great facilities. Every one has equipped by tablet that explain the history every segment. Worth to visit if you care about the history Singapore.

Thank Albert V
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