Museums – It is always worth a visit
to one or more, if time allows, of the excellent Singapore
museums to get to know the history and culture of
1) Singapore Art Museum
71 Bras Basah Road
Telephone (+65) 6332 3222
Formerly was a boys’ school, this 19th century old building displays a collection of 20th century South East Asian modern and also contemporary art. It is the largest collection of its kind in any public institution around the world.
2) Singapore History Museum
30 Merchant Road
#03-09/17 Riverside Point
Telephone (+65) 6332 5642/3251
The history of Singapore is retold through the stories centred around the Singapore River. Interactive exhibition with mystery games for visitors. The Museum also features a unique 15 minutes short film.
3) Asian Civilisation Museum (Empress Place )
1 Empress Place
Telephone (+65) 6332 7798
This museum is housed in a Victorian building which is a National Monument. There are 11 galleries of history exhibition of China, Southeast Asia and West Asia. The museum also has hand-on discovery zones and offers a splendid understanding of Singapore.
4) Singapore Philatelic Museum
23B Coleman Street
Telephone (+65) 6337 3888
Website : www.spm.org.sg
If you’re interested in stamp collecting this is the place for you. But this will appeal to a much wider audience as it displays Singapore’s history & heritage through the sticky world of stamps. There are fine collections done by world class philatelists.
5) Reflection at Bukit Chandu
31K Pepys Road
Telephone (+65) 6375 2510 / 6332 7900
Website : www.S1942.org.sg
Located in a restored black and white colonial bungalow. Through this bungalow, you will come to reflect on Singapore’s darkest time during World War II. As well, this museum is near to an old battle ground. Also learn how Singapore has progressed as a nation after the war.
6) Tan Swie Hian Museum
460 Sims Ave ( Geylang Lorong 31 )
Telephone (+65) 6744 3551
This is Singapore’s first private art museum. It displays the works of an artist named Tan Swie Hian, it is one of the rare museums in the world that is dedicated to a living person. Works include portraits and calligraphy.