If you love visiting different museums and really getting under the skin of a place, you’ll certainly be pleased in Singapore! There are many museums dedicated to the country’s culture, history, traditions, and heritage. If you’re into art there are also some terrific places to view a wide variety of works from different eras and of varying genres. There are also specialist interest museums, covering a really diverse array of themes. Wherever your interests lie, you’ll find heaps of Singapore museums to keep you busy!
Here’s a breakdown of some of the most interesting museums in Singapore:
Best for Art Lovers
When it comes to show casing brilliant art, Singapore boasts several great museums and galleries. Singapore Art Museum is often a favourite, with an extensive collection of modern art from all across South East Asia. There are often fascinating temporary collections from all around the world in addition to the regular exhibits. You can find even more contemporary art over at the extension; 8QSAM.
The Art Science Museum is beautiful inside and out. It is worth visiting just to see the building itself! A futuristic design that was modelled on a lotus flower, you certainly can’t miss it if you’re in the area! Inside you will find a staggering 21 different galleries that deal with both the arts and the sciences. The Museum of Art and Design, the Michael Janssen Gallery, the Opera Gallery, and the Japanese Mizuma Gallery are also great, and there is plenty of excellent art in the National Museum.
Ideal for Culture Vultures
If you’re keen to learn more about the people of Singapore and the different cultures that eco-exist side by side in the country, there are several museums that will be well worth your time. See into the lives of the early Chinese immigrants at the Chinatown Heritage Centre and see how the Sultans lived at the Malay Heritage Centre. The Peranakan Museum and the Asian Civilizations Museum are also both highly recommended. The Heritage Conservation Centre and the National Museum also tick this box!
Great for History Buffs
All the museums listed above in the culture section will also help you to learn more about Singapore’s past. Images of Singapore brings all the communities together and takes you on a journey back in time to various different periods that were important in Singapore’s history.
Fort Siloso lets visitors learn more about the Japanese invasion of Singapore during the Second World War and about the island’s military history.
If you are visiting as a family, check out the Mint Museum of Toys and watch your little ones’ eyes widen! The Science Centre is great for people of all ages and there are plenty of interactive displays as well as a cool Observation Centre. Kids (and adults!) will also enjoy the Maritime Museum and Aquarium. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a top place to learn more about Buddhism in Singapore. If you only visit one museum in Singapore though, make it the National Museum of Singapore. Here you can view a huge number of fascinating exhibits and learn more about almost every aspect of Singapore all under one roof.