Museums in Singapore
Asian Civilizations Museum
Combining the treasures of the distant past with the technology of the present, this museum will introduce you to the world of Chinese beliefs, symbolism and Chinese scholar tradition. Aimed at highlighting important socio-political and economic developments throughout Chinese history, the museum also houses the best of Chinese furniture, ceramics, jade and works of art.
Walk along Stamford Road from city Hall MRT (C2).
Changi Prison Chapel and Museum
This museum has on record the daily life of the prisoners via a display of photographs, paintings and sketches. It also features a pair of rail spikes from the infamous Burma railroad, which claimed the lives of thousands. Situated next to the museum is a replica of a chapel built by Allied prisoners-of-war during World War II which stands as a tribute to the men who lived and died in captivity during those dark years.
Take SBS Bus 2 from Tanah a Merch MRT (E). Alight at the bus stop just after the main gate to the prison. Walk through these gates to the museum.
Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum
Tracing the development of the Republic of Singapore Air Force from its early days as the Malayan Volunteer Air Force in 1939 to the present, this museum showcases colonial cap badges, Bloodhound missiles and artifacts, including planes such as the Hunter Hawker, the SF 260 Marchetti and the A4-C skyhawk.
Take SBS bus 2 or 9 from Tanah Merch MRT (E) or 19 from Tampines bus interchange.
Singapore Art Museum
One of Singapore’s finest colonial structures, the former St. Joseph’s Institution is home to the Singapore Art Museum. Exhibits include modern art from Singapore and traditional art from Southeast Asia. One of the main attractions of the new museum is the E-mage Gallery, which features interactive programmes invading 20th century Southeast Asian art on large high definition visual monitors. Look out for periodic exhibitions.
Walk towards Bras Basah Road from Dhoby Ghaut MRT (C2).
Singapore History Museum
The Singapore History Museum explores the rich heritage of the people of Singapore. From our ethnic and religious diversity, to the struggle for nationhood, the museum traces the trends and developments that have characterized and shaped life in Singapore from as early as the 14th century. Visitors can stroll through an early 20th century Peranakan house, fully re-created with its imposing ancestral hall, to the intricately furnished bridal Chamber. Visitors can also enjoy a 3-D Experience, the only high definition 3-D show in the town that presents the history of Singapore through animation, virtual sets and historical footages.
Walk towards Stamford Road from Dhoby Ghaut MRT (NI).
Singapore Mint Coin Gallery
Just east of the Boon Lay MRT station is the Singapore Mint which churns out the country’s coins. The mint features an exhibit of domestic coins and medals, and a selection of foreign coins.
Take SBS bus 154 from Boon Lay MRT (W12) to Jalan ahmad Ibrahim and walk in by Teban Gardens Crescent.
Singapore Navy Museum (you can see picture on the top of the post)
Military enthusiasts and visitors can trace the development of naval forces in Singapore from the Straits Settlements Royal Naval volunteer Reserve of the 19th century to today’s Republic of Singapore Navy. Other items of interest include antique marine equipments, historic photographs and even details of the sophisticated, high technology missile corvette vessels of the current Navy.
Take TIBS bus 856 from Sembawang MRT (N113). Alight opposite Sembawang Camp on Admiralty Road West and obtain a gate pass before entering the camp.
Singapore Philatelic Museum
This museum is a treat for both stamp and non-stamp collectors. Collectors will be enchanted with the fine collection of local and international stamps, and first-day covers housed in this quaint building dating back to 1907. For non-collectors, the museum portrays multi-ethnic Singapore through stamps, postcards and visuals. The intricate process leading to a stamp issue- from artwork through printing plates and progressive sheets to the final product – are vividly illustrated. Visitors may request for guided tours at the reception or pre-arranged tours by phone.
Walk towards Coleman Street from City Hall MRT (C2).