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“Interesting for even adult and children” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Civil Defence Heritage Gallery

Civil Defence Heritage Gallery
Ranked #201 of 796 things to do in Singapore
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“Interesting for even adult and children”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

Really interesting initiative. You can pip in to the life of firemen and learn the history of Singapore fire and civil defense. Kids can try nearly all of the equipment, used by firemen, sit into the car, wear their helmet and so on during the open day (every Saturday from 09.00-11.00). Museum is interesting, you can try to extinguish fire, solve problems and can learn the history and future of civil defense. Gift shop available.

Visited November 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Interactive and free”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

If you are on a short trip to SG, not a place to visit. But if you are around funan IT mall you can drop by for an hour.
Length of visit: 45 - 1 hour
Entry fees: free
The museum is quite small and takes you through the history of civil army of Singapore, their accomplishments and various activities they do. The exhibits are interactive to kindle your interests. You get feel the gloves, dresses, fire extinguishers etc. these topics could otherwise would have been boring but they have presented it in a interesting way.

Visited November 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Fiery Hot Stuff ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

Sorry for the play of words but a visit to this small but quaint gallery allows visitors to step back in time to see how fire fighting in olden day Singapore was up to the present day. Better still if you get to meet and talk to retired fire-fighter Mr Segar who has a full appetite of experiences to share and guide you through the exhibits. He was the ex-Chief Trainer for Rescue K9 / DART unit.

As you enter the small gallery's front glass doors, there are displays of commemorative plaques, patches, badges from fire-fighters around the world, as well as insurance company signs adorning one side of its wall. (We were told that the in old England, the insurance signs would tell fire fighter whether the property was insured or not, and if it was, the firemen would do their best to save the occupants as well as the property. Otherwise, it would be just the occupants!) There are also collections of helmets (some signed by the former and current leaders of Singapore) as well as model fire engines as well as peak caps on show.

As you move to the main gallery, there are the old ladders and fire-engines of Singapore's past - buildings were much shorter then, i guess - judging from the wooden ladders used. Showcased are a few full-sized fire-engines (one of them a replica) and also a little corner re-telling of the ferocious fire of Bukit Ho Swee.

The exhibition continues upstairs with the modern day fire fighting and rescue equipment with more hands-on exhibits and videos of actual footage of rescues, etc. Mr Segar is rather proud of the Rescue K9 team which is also showcased together with the DART teams.

There is a little souvenir shop tucked away near the entrance where one can purchase fire-related souvenirs.

The great thing about it is the every Saturday morning, the working fire station next door is opened to the public from 9 - 11 am, so visitors can tour the station as well as the gallery after that for a complete taste of the history of the Civil Defence in Singapore.

This is a "must see" place ... a super "hot" place to visit.

Visited May 2013
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“Nice place and congratulation to the SCDF brothers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

As a member of the Peru Fire Corp I felt very excited to have been in this great Museum.
This presents the life of the SCDF from its beginnings until todhttp://c1.tacdn.com/img2/x.gifay in that it succeeded to be one of the best corps of firefighters of the world.
I hope to visit them again very soon.

Visited December 2011
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Singapore, Singapore
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“For aspiring firemen only”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2012

The Civil Defence Heritage Gallery spans two floors. Admission is free but you will be required to sign in. Since not many people visit this place, you basically get the entire gallery to yourself. On Tuesdays and Fridays from 7 pm to 8 pm, there is a tower tour where visitors will get a chance to ascend the 30m tower. Not for those with height phobia!

At the first floor, you get to see how fire fighting evolved throughout the years. You can also sit in a fire engine on display to watch a TV programme. TVs are aplenty in the museum to show real life situations, such as the video footage taken from a camera put on a rescue dog.

The second floor contains more exhibits concerning rescue efforts which does not involve only fire fighting. Honestly, the mannequins on this floor freaked me out. Plus, there was an interactive station where you could press a red button and basically point the water gun to put the fire out. The loud sound effect of the water gave me such a scare!

If your aspiration is to be a firefighter, or if your son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter would like to be a firefighter, this will be a cool place to get inspired. Otherwise, it will still be interesting if you would like to see how rescue efforts are conducted. I got out of this place rather quickly because as I said, the second level was freaky to me due to the mannequins and the sound effects.

Visited June 2012
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