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Top 15 Museums to Visit in Singapore – Where to Visit to Get Your Cultural Fix in Singapore

Although Singapore is a tourist destination popular for its shopping and sightseeing it has more cultural diversity that most people aren’t aware of. Here are 15 museums in Singapore to visit.

1

Fort Siloso

The Japanese built Fort Siloso during their occupation of Singapore during World War II. You can wander around the fort and witness the underground complexes, gun emplacements and learn why Fort Siloso was so important to Singapore during World War II.

2

The Battle Box

The battle box tells the story of how the impregnable fortress that was Singapore lost to Japan in 1942 even after having double the number of soldiers that Japan had. The tour of the battle box takes an hour and explains why Singapore decided to surrender.

3

Maritime Experiential Museum

Previously known as the Resorts World Sentosa Maritime Experiential Museum, the Experiential Museum follows the voyages of well-known maritime explorers like Sang Nila Utama and Marco Polo and the history behind the Maritime Silk Route.

4

Changi Chapel and Museum

This is a museum where you can learn about the Prisoners-of-War that lived and died in the Changi area of Singapore during World War II. Guided tours will take you through several locations such as Kranji to experience how darkness that Singapore experienced during World War II.

5

Malay Heritage Centre

Located in Istana Kampong Gelam, The Malay Heritage Centre has 6 galleries that display the history of early Malay communities that arrived in Singapore and how they established the Malay neighbourhood of Singapore, Kampong Gelam.

6

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

Situated on the third floor of the Buddhist cultural museum, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum showcases a variety of Buddhist artefacts that describe the history of Buddhism and the distinctive practices and traditions of many Asian countries where Buddhism is practised.

7

Peranakan Museum

Peranakan is the name given to the ethnic group that was born due to Chinese and Malay people meeting and the culture they created together. The Peranakan museum is made up of 10 floors, 3 of which display jewellery, documents, crockery and textiles that are brought to life by interactive media depicting the Peranakan life and their culture.

8

National Gallery Singapore

This is the old Supreme Courts and town hall building which has refurbished to house Singapore’s largest visual art gallery.

9

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Displaying a sperm whale skeleton, a dinosaur fossil and the largest recorded specimen of the largest turtle in the world, the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is a real treat for wildlife lovers.

10

Asian Civilisations Museum

This is one of Singapore’s most magnificent museums that showcases more than 2000 artefacts from West Asian, South Asian, South-Eastern Asian and Chinese cliticizations.

11

Vintage Camera’s Museum

Exhibiting over 1000 classical camera’s, the Vintage camera’s museum is a one-of-a-kind museum which is also the only museum in Singapore dedicated to showcasing a large collection of analogue cameras. The building itself is modelled after a huge Rollei camera making it hard to miss.

12

Singapore Philatelic Museum

Located close to Somerset Liang Court Singapore, a magnificent and luxurious hotel in Clark Quay Singapore, the Singapore Philatelic Museum displays the history of Singapore using stamps. The post office located at the museum is still functional and the entire museum is designed in such a way to keep visitors of all ages interested.

13

Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum

The history of the Singapore Air Force, which was founded in 1927 is displayed at this museum that is made up 9 galleries and outdoor galleries that exhibit some fighter planes like the Hunter Hawker, A4-C Skyhawk and SF 260 Marchetti.

14

Singapore Art Museum

Until the early 1990’s the Singapore Art Museum was a Catholic boy’s school. A law was passed during this period that required all colonial building to be converted into museums. Due to it being relatively small in size, this museum mainly hosts small-scale exhibitions that most often display 20th-century Asian visual art.

15

MINT Museum of Toys

As the name infers this is a museum that consists of more than 50,000 vintage toys that belonged to Mr Chang Yang Fa. The Museum houses toys from 40 different countries, some of which date back to the mid-1800s.