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Address: 93 Stamford Road National Museum of Singapore, Singapore 178897, Singapore
Phone Number:
+65 6332 3251
10:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

With a history dating back to its inception in 1887, the National Museum of...

With a history dating back to its inception in 1887, the National Museum of Singapore is the nation's oldest museum with a progressive mind. Its galleries adopt cutting-edge and multi-perspective ways of presenting history and culture to redefine conventional museum experience. A cultural and architectural landmark in Singapore, the Museum hosts innovative festivals and events all year round-the dynamic Night Festival, visually arresting art installations, as well as amazing performances and film screenings-in addition to presenting thought-provoking exhibitions involving critically important collections of artefacts. The programming is supported by a wide range of facilities and services including F&B, retail and a Resource Centre. The National Museum of Singapore re-opened in December 2006 after a three-year redevelopment, and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012. The Museum refreshed its permanent galleries and re-opened them on 19 September 2015 for Singapore's Golden Jubilee.

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Fantastic Intro to Singapore

We went on the free guided tour, which was given by a French lady. She clearly had a practiced routine, but was also able to answer questions off the cuff, so that was great. The... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went on the free guided tour, which was given by a French lady. She clearly had a practiced routine, but was also able to answer questions off the cuff, so that was great. The museum exhibits though are also fine to explore at your own pace without a guide, as the signage is pretty extensive and informative. Point of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If ever you want to learn about the Historical path and the civilisation of Singapore, this is the museum you have to visit. Buildings are well renovated and you can enjoy extra expositions. So not hesitate, you will learn something.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Big modern and interesting museum that cover the relatively short history of the country from the age of trading villages, to the Portuguese and Dutch merchants, to the British Empire, to the struggle for independence until the present day. Great displays of everyday items, photos, maps, paintings with a strong emphasis on the contribution that the three main ethnic groups... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The National Museum of Singapore provides an in-depth look at Singapore's history, starting with its fishing village origins, to the modern, wealthy state it is today. The 1st floor houses the "Singapore History Gallery" and the 2nd floor has smaller galleries based around "Life in Singapore".

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited the National Museum recently during our time in Singapore and were lucky to attend on a day when the additional exhibits on display were nearing the end of their display period so our viewing was free. The museum itself has a wide range of art history and some lovely displays that delve into Singapore's past.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The museum is inexpensive and incredibly extensive. Students (even foreign students) can receive a discount by showing student ID cards. This attraction is very affordable. Besides the affordability, it is beyond worth the money. I learned an incredible amount about Singapore's history and easily spent 3 hours there and didn't see nearly everything. Some exhibits are interactive making this an... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A wonderful experience with some really interesting exhibits. The building in itself is really lovely.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The building itself is a landmark: the first purpose-built museum in Queen Victoria's times. Free guided tours (1 hr, very informative and entertaining) are available at 11 am and 2 pm, and 20% discount applies if you show your Singapore Airlines boarding pass. A great place to learn about the fascinating history of Singapore. Upstairs, I also saw something completely... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Museum of Singapore offers a comprehensive overview of Singapore's history from the establishment of the very first fishing village by a passing King to the post-independence development and industrialization. However, unless you visit this as soon as possible during your Singapore holiday, you will find it a tad boring. I didn't get here till me last day and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just the architect and seeing this building is great , but enjoying the paintings and exhibitions was wonderful , modern air conditioned , large well versed staff everywhere to assist you

Thank Chris Q

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