Gone are the days when museums used to be stiff and boring. We bring you the best of Singapore’s museums, whether you want history, art or culture – and it doesn’t matter what age you are!
For a Touch Of Local Heritage
Specialising in pan-Asian cultures and civilisations, the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is the place to visit if you want a better appreciation of the rich cultures that make up Singapore’s multiethnic society. As one of the National Museums of Singapore under the National Heritage Board, the ACM houses 11 galleries showcasing over 1,300 artefacts from the civilisations of China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia, and hosts constantly changing special exhibitions throughout the year. The museum’s beautiful colonial facade also houses a cafe and a restaurant, a museum shop and spectacular views of the Singapore River.
Where: 1 Empress Place
Tel: 6332 7798
From Artefacts To Performances
With a history dating back to 1887, the National Museum of Singapore is the island’s oldest museum, but there’s nothing stuffy about it. Located at the plush Fort Canning Park, this grand dame is best known for hosting innovative festivals and events all year round, such as the recent Night Festival. You can expect visually arresting art installations, amazing performances and film screenings, and of course, critically important collections of artefacts. The kids will love the interactive tours.
Where: 93 Stamford Road
Tel: 6332 3659
Celebration of Contemporary Art
Considered one of the best contemporary art museums in the region, The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) specialises in contemporary art pieces from Singapore and Southeast Asia. Housed in a restored 19th Century mission school, SAM is Singapore’s first art museum.
Where: 71 Bras Basah Road
Tel: 6332 3222
Learn More About Peranakan Culture
A Chinese school in the 1900s, this building has gone from being a school, to being the first Asian Civilisations Museum of Singapore, before finally entering the latest and most colourful phase in its history – as the Peranakan Museum in 2005. Learn about the rich material and cultural heritage of the Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia via three floors in this intimate museum.
Where: 39 Armenian Street
Tel: 6332 759
For “Fire-y” Kids
Located in the Central Fire Station, the Civil Defence Heritage Museum & Gallery is the best place for kids to explore antique fire engines and be fire fighters for the day. The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday. Every Saturday morning from 9 to11am, your kids can climb into real fire trucks, take a turn at spraying a fire house and explore other rescue vehicles.
Where: 62 Hill Street
Tel: 6332 2996
For a Stamping Good Time
Explore science, technology, history and culture through the world of stamps at the Singapore Philatelic Museum, with collections showcasing stamps and other postage materials from the 1830s to present day.
Where: 23-B Coleman Street
Tel: 6337 3888
More great museums – especially for kids!
By Priyanka Elhence, The Finder, September 2015.