The National Museum of Singapore explores the nations past through its many exhibits. They touch on all areas of Singapore’s culture including fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, food and more importantly, its rise from the devastation of war to where they are now.

Highlights

  • Living Galleries – Your journey starts on the 2nd floor with four different galleries which are food, photography, fashion and film. These are small themed areas displaying Singapore culture through exhibits and videos.
  • History Gallery – Before entering the history gallery, all visitors are given audio guides which are included in the ticket purchase. You will enter an impressive dome and decend to the bottom floor as thought you going back in time. From here, use the audio guide to learn about the events of Singapore’s past. There are separate audio selections catered to kids and adults.

Prices

Singapore Residents free
Adults $10
Students $5
Children under 6 years free
Family (2 adults + 3 kids) $30

Guided Tours

Volunteers give guided tours at certain times for the History & Living Galleries.

History Gallery

English
Monday – Friday 11am & 2pm
Weekends 11:30am, 1pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
Mandarin
Monday 1:30pm
Weekends 11am, 1:30pm
Japanese
Monday – Friday 10:30am
First Saturday of the Month 1:30pm
French
First Thursday of the Month 10am

Living Galleries

Mandarin
Monday, Saturday & Sunday 3pm

Tips

  • Free admission – From 6pm-8pm, you can get free entry to the Living Galleries, although the History Gallery is really the main attraction.
  • Talk Softly –  The galleries are relatively quiet areas. Don’t talk too loud or disrupt other visitors while they’re learning about various exhibits.

Transport

  • Bus – There are a couple of bus stops nearby which are only 1 minute away from the museum.
    For YMCA Bus-stop (08041):
    SBS: 7, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 64, 65, 111, 124, 128, 139, 162, 162M, 174, 174e, 175
    SMRT: 77, 106, 167, 171, 190, 700, 700A, NR6, NR7.
    For SMU Bus-stop (04121):
    SBS: 7, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 111, 124, 128, 131, 162, 162M, 166, 174, 174e, 175
    SMRT: 77, 106, 167, 171, 190, 700, 700A, 857, or NR7.
  • MRT – Bras Basah MRT Station or Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station are only 5 minute walks away.
  • Taxi – These are relatively cheap if you want more relaxed transportation. Cost would vary depending on where you’re coming from, but typically it should be between $5-$10 if you’re centrally located.

8 Reviews

  1. EvelynKate
    EvelynKate 26 Comments
     -  07 Mar 2018

    Fantastic attraction

    I visited the National Museum during the Singapore Night Festival and the light show projected on the National Museum was mind blowing! I would highly recommend visiting the National Museum during the festival period as you can kill two birds with one stone. Also, the location is conviently located at the heart of Singapore making it easily accessible.

  2. simmi sasidharan
    simmi sasidharan
    India 25 Comments
     -  17 Dec 2017

    Excellent

    We reached the museum by 7pm on the second day of our trip. So the entry was free. The history gallery was interesting. The place is very quiet and you have to remain silent there. It is a good place to know the history of Singapore. There is a lovely cafe there, where we enjoyed eating snacks.

  3. CherieJulie
    CherieJulie
    Australia 74 Comments
     -  26 Sep 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    The history here is very interesting. Overall, anything to do with Singapore is fascinating and well worth the time as a tourist to try and learn more about it. This museum is said to be the oldest one in the city and this is probably where you will learn the most. It is free for citizens though as a tourist you will have to pay an admission price and if you have your passport or student ID you may be able to get a discount. At times they will have special exhibitions running that you can decide if you want to go to see them too and there are some impressive art installations as well.

  4. denisengcn
    denisengcn 9 Comments
     -  20 Mar 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    The history galleries just got a revamp not too long ago and they now provide a more detailed account of the various parts of Singapore history separated into different areas. The museum also hosts different exhibitions from time to time e.g. treasures of the world from the British Museum. The museum shop sells interesting Singaporean souvenirs that would make good gifts for both local and foreign friends.

  5. livinglinh
    livinglinh 10 Comments
     -  04 Mar 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    The galleries on the second floor are fantastic. They usually offer insight into what life was like in Singapore at different periods in its history – from life during the Japanese occupation to pop culture in the 60’s. There’s also a wonderful casual restaurant called Food For Thought on the first floor that’s great for brunch with a Singapore twist.

  6. Nina1
    Nina1 10 Comments
     -  01 Feb 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    We took a break from the crowds to visit this enticing museum. It is the best place to soak up the history of Singapore, and just the architecture alone is outstanding. There are numerous interactive displays for people of all ages. Try to go early in the day as there will be fewer people.

  7. Ange Viceral 19 Comments
     -  31 Jan 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    On the outside you see a magnificent white Neo-classic building showing greatness and power. The inside fills you with the colourful history of Singapore in a virtual reality platform. The guides are facilitated by tablets that narrate stories of paintings and installations in the museum.

    Don’t forget your cameras (no flash photography inside the museum) and to wear some nice clothes. Take good pictures inside the lovely architecture of this museum. The shop is also a must visit if you want to take some piece of history back home 🙂

  8. pinkandtravels 11 Comments
     -  26 Nov 2016

    Fantastic attraction

    If you want to learn more about the Singapore history, National Museum of Singapore is the place to visit. It covers Singapore’s history by various eras. It has also nice architecture and well put together museum. Worth a visit!

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