The descendants of modern-day Singaporeans were effectively immigrants from all over the world such as China, India, Europe, Indonesia and Malaysia. Such an ethnically diverse mix resulted in the local culture having a blend of Asian and Western influences.
Such diversity can be seen in the variety of heritage centres and museums found in Singapore. These are the 6 main museums:
- National Museum of Singapore
- Asian Civilisations Museum
- Singapore Art Museum
- Changi Chapel and Museum
- Chinatown Heritage Centre
- Peranakan Museum
Other Noteworthy Museums
Singapore Discovery Centre – With 5 main galleries detailing the Singapore story, visitors get to learn more about the past and her aspirations through lots of digital animation. This is where education and entertainment converge.
Admission Charges: Adult S$10 Child S$6
Family packages are available as well
Getting There: Take a train to Joo Koon MRT station. The Discovery Centre is a 10 min walk away.
Opening Hours: Tues to Sun 9am-6pm, Closed on Mondays
Red Dot Design Museum – A refreshing and iconic red facade greets you before you enter the heritage building. This is where award-winning ideas from over 20 countries are displayed, all of which deal with Singapore’s future.
Admission Charges: Adult S$8 Child & Senior S$4
Free admission on 1st weekend of each month
Getting There: 3 min walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT station
Only 5 min away from downtown Chinatown & 10 min from Chinatown Heritage Centre
Opening Hours: Mon, Tues & Fri 11am-6pm, till 8pm on weekends.
Closed on Wed & Thur
Science Centre Singapore – A regional leader in science & technology, the Science Centre attracts over a million visitors annually. There are indoor exhibitions, huge outdoor exhibits and a 3D IMAX movie theatre. This is a great way to expose the kids to a world of science & innovation!
Admission Charges: Adult S$6 Child S$3 Senior S$3.60
Getting There: Take a train to Jurong East MRT station. The centre is a 8 min walk away.
Opening Hours: Tues to Sun 10am-6pm, closed on Mon and Public Holidays
The Battle Box – Located on Fort Canning Hill, this was an important World War 2 military bunker. Through audio and visual effects and holographic figures in action, visitors almost feel like they are experiencing the day of infamy, when Singapore fell in Japanese occupation.
Admission Charges: Adult S$8 Child S$5
Getting There: A short 8 min walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT station
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-6pm
Singapore City Gallery – Within the Urban Redevelopment Authority Building, you’ll get to learn about Singapore’s development into a thriving metropolitan city. With huge models and exhibits detailing the concept of urban development, its a great place to gain valuable insights.
Admission Charges: Free admission. Guided tours on Tuesdays and Fridays 11.30am at S$6 for adults and S$4 for students and seniors.
Getting There: A short walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT station or downtown Chinatown.
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 9am-5pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays