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8 Fascinating Museums in Singapore For Curious Minds

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The mere mention of the word “museum” may induce a big yawn for some people. But that shouldn’t always be the case, especially in a country as exciting as Singapore. Dotted with numerous museums that range from ancient to modern to quirky, the little island country is definitely big on indoor discoveries! 

If you have a curious mind, check out these eight fascinating museums when you visit the Lion City:

 

National Museum of Singapore

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Start with the oldest museum in Singapore. The National Museum of Singapore saw its early beginnings in 1887 on Stamford Road, operating as the Raffles Library and Museum. Today, it is the largest museum in the country that features two main galleries. The Singapore History Gallery walks you through the city-state’s story from the 14th century to the present day. And, the Singapore Living Galleries, which delights culture geeks with its exhibits on film, photography, food, and fashion.

 

National Museum of Singapore

93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
10 AM – 7 PM daily
nationalmuseum.sg

 

 

National Gallery Singapore

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A recent addition to Singapore’s art scene, the National Gallery Singapore is an award-winning art institution that houses the world’s largest public collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian modern art. The gallery itself takes home in two of Singapore’s most iconic national monuments—the City Hall and the Former Supreme Court. 

 

National Gallery Singapore

1 St Andrew’s Road #01–01, Singapore 178957
10 AM – 7 PM (Sat – Thu), 10 AM – 9 PM (Fri)
nationalgallery.sg

 

 

ArtScience Museum

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Located right in the tourist hotspot that is Marina Bay Sands, the ArtScience Museum can be found in a peculiar white building that resembles a hand or lotus flower in full bloom. It hosts countless events annually, in an effort to inspire and cultivate creativity through science and art. Some of its most notable exhibits include the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, and The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World. On your visit, you might also want to check nearby attractions like the SkyPark of Marina Bay Sands or the magnificent flora of Gardens by the Bay

 

ArtScience Museum 

6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
10 AM – 7 PM daily
marinabaysands.com

 

 

Maritime Experiential Museum

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Situated in the Resorts World Sentosa entertainment complex, the Maritime Experiential Museum is a great stop when visiting the S.E.A. Aquarium. Travel back in time as you explore 15 themed galleries that will enable you to embark on your own voyage through the seas. Try your hand at tying classic mariner’s knots, marvel at the life-sized replica of a 9th century ship, and navigate through a storm in a 4D theater. 

 

Maritime Experiential Museum

8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
10 AM – 7 PM daily
rwsentosa.com

 

 

Singapore MINT Museum of Toys

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Kids and kids at heart will enjoy viewing and learning about the history of vintage toys in this private museum. With over 50,000 pieces on display, it boasts Southeast Asia’s largest collection of toys acquired from all over the world.

 

Singapore MINT Museum of Toys

26 Seah St, Singapore 188382
9:30 AM – 6:30 PM daily
emint.com

Get your discounted tickets here!

 

 

Vintage Cameras Museum

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Shutterbugs, this one’s for you! The Vintage Cameras Museum is the first museum of its kind dedicated to analog cameras. In fact, even its building comes in the shape of a camera! Currently, there are around 1,000 cameras on display, including replicas of the world’s largest camera, pistol cameras, and even spy cameras!

 

Vintage Cameras Museum

No. 8C & 8D Jalan Kledek, Singapore 199263
10:30 AM – 9:30 PM daily
vintagecamerasmuseumsg.com

 

 

Trick Eye Museum

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Looking for a spot in Singapore that offers a lot of photo opportunities? Well then, head on over to Trick Eye Museum. Situated in the Resorts World Sentosa complex, it’s packed with paintings and interactive exhibits featuring mind-boggling and larger-than-life 3D illusions that make for fun and impressive photos.

 

Trick Eye Museum

26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-43/44, Singapore 098138
10 AM – 9 PM daily
rwsentosa.com

Get your discounted tickets here!

 

 

Singapore Science Centre

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If you’re traveling with kids with a keen passion for science, don’t forget to include Singapore Science Centre on your itinerary. This child-friendly museum promotes learning and creativity in a fun environment filled with curiosities powered by science and technology. They also organize special activities such as stargazing events, parent-child tinkering workshops, and more!

 

Singapore Science Centre

15 Science Centre Road
Singapore 609081
10 AM – 6 PM daily
science.edu.sg

 

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