Singapore

The Best Singapore Museums

Culture is the key to the heart of a nation. Singapore's rich diversity has produced a place that beautifully teems with eclectic traditions in local customs. Recognized as a cultural melting pot, if you’re someone who is deeply drawn to age-old tales, traditions, and rich history, you’re in for a treat in Singapore. From streets dotted with temples to enlightening museums at every nook and corner, there’s something for everyone in this country.

Experience the fusion of art and science at the ArtScience Museum, witness Chinatown's past come to life at the Chinatown Heritage Centre, and step into 2D paintings on the walls, floors, and ceilings at the TrickEye Museum. Singapore has a wonderful way of showcasing art, history, and, of course, its unique quirks and charms. Dive into these museums and attractions for a wonderful cultural experience.

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Trick Eye Museum

Museums & Culture

#9 of 44 things to do in Sentosa Island

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Are you as thrilled by optical illusions as we are? Originating from Korea, the Trick Eye Museum in Singapore promises a mind-boggling time! Located on Sentosa Island, the 800-square-meter museum is divided into six themed zones. Step into paintings on the walls, ceilings and ground and witness yourself become a part of the artwork! As Singapore's first interactive 4D museum, the Trick Eye Museum aims to portray the cosmopolitan nature of Singapore by blending Eastern and Western influences into all its exhibits. Where as most museums advice you to not touch the artwork - the Trick Eye Museum suggests just the opposite! Enter a world of augmented reality for a guaranteed good time.

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Fun

Family

Sentosa

Hours
Daily from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Address
26 Sentosa Gateway #01-43/44, Singapore 098138
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Tips

  • If you want to enjoy the photo ops at Trick Eye Museum to their fullest, plan your visit for a less busy day of the week (Monday - Thursday).
  • Download the Trick Eye application before you visit.

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Trick Eye Museum Entry Tickets

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Chinatown Heritage Centre

Museums & Culture

#23 of 826 things to do in Singapore

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Chinese culture is a huge part of Singaporean culture. Dive even deeper into China's rich history at the Chintatown Heritage Centre. Watch the vibrant past of Chinatown comes to life with within the four walls of this museum. Housed in restored shop houses, the heritage centre holds some of deepest and darkest secrets from the early 1950’s. Experience an honest, revealing glimpse into Chinatown’s early days in Singapore.

Good for

History

Educational

Hours
Daily from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Address
48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207
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Tips

  • Use the audio guide for better understanding of the history behind the museum.
  • The souvenir shops within the premises offer a steal of a deal in case you want to do a little shopping.

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Art Science Museum

Museums & Culture

#41 of 826 things to do in Singapore

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As the name suggests, the ArtScience Museum is an ultramodern fusion of art and science under one roof. Step into the future as your witness science take up an artistic approach, bringing you an ethereal experience. Partnering with a globally renowned Japanese group, the ArtScience museum believes in merging the two together with the help of digital technology. The intriguing exhibitions at this museum have received several acclamations and rave reviews from well-known journals. The museum is divided into Nature, Town, Park and Space sections that combine interactive 4D technologies, with light and sounds to provide you a sensory experience. Tempted? You shouldn’t miss this one!

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Must-See

Educational

Family

Hours
Daily from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Address
6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
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Tips

  • Set aside at least 2 to 4 hours for exploring all the sections of the ArtScience Museum.
  • Buying tickets online will help avoid queues.

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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

Museums & Culture

#14 of 825 things to do in Singapore

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Located in Chinatown, this magnificent Buddhist temple is, in fact, a recent addition to Singapore’s must-visit destinations. Constructed in 2007, the temple is bound to leave you awestruck with its intricately designed interiors and comprehensive exhibits on Buddhist art. The temple gets its name from a left canine tooth that was recovered from the Buddha’s funeral pyre in Kushinagar, India. You can view the tooth on display in the temple’s premises, along with other revered artifacts of the Buddha kept inside The Buddhist Cultural Museum. Every Saturday, at 2 PM, you can enjoy a 1 1/2 - 2 hrs long guided tour of the temple. The tours are conducted free-of-charge by the temple's Volunteers guides. Limited slots are available and reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis - so be sure to snag your slot.

Good for

Family

Sightseeing

Hours
Daily from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Address
288 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058840
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Tips

  • There are several interactive performances, talks, and programs on Buddhist culture and heritage that take place within the temple and Eminent Sangha Museum inside the temple. Be sure to check out the schedules and plan your visit accordingly.
  • The temple’s roof garden is a quaint, serene spot to catch up on some meditation or for a peaceful time.

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National Museum of Singapore

Museums & Culture

#26 of 826 things to do in Singapore

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Previously recognized as the Singapore History Museum, the National Museum of Singapore is the largest local museum in the city. You can divide your visit into two sections: the Singapore History Gallery (which traces the history of the country) and the Singapore Living Gallery (which focuses on themes including food, fashion, film and photography). Apart from the exhibits within, the National Museum of Singapore is also praised for its beautiful, neo-classical architecture that is fused with modern glass fixtures. The museum truly celebrates the Singaporean culture and walks you through the timeline of transformation that the country has observed since the early 14th century.

Good for

Family

Educational

Hours
Daily from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Address
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
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Tips

  • Make sure to check ‘What’s on’ at the museum to catch up on exciting historical programs and exhibitions.

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Singapore City Tours

Museums & Culture

#65 of 139 Tours in Singapore

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Choose from dozens of tours and explore the city's iconic hotspots and enticing neighborhoods with a professional, local guide. From tours of Little India and China Town to pub crawls and river cruises, experience just about anything. City tours are a great way to maximize your time. They're also a perfect way to get an insider's peak into Singaporean culture. In other words - there's no better way to orient yourself with Singapore!

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Family

Fun

Sightseeing

Educational

Tips

  • It is recommended to book as soon as possible, since tours only caters to a limited number of people at a time.
  • The availability of the tickets also depends upon the current weather conditions in Singapore.

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Singapore Half Day City Tour with Guide
Gems of Little India Walking Tour
Night Out in Chinatown with Trishaw Ride & Dinner
Singapore Pub Crawl

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Madame Tussauds Singapore

Museums & Culture

#9 of 43 things to do in Sentosa Island

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Visit the world's favorite wax museum - but with a fantastic Singaporean twist! At 'Images of Singapore LIVE', uncover the nation's extraordinary story of transformation from a humble fishing village to the 21st century powerhouse it is today. Aboard the ‘Spirit of Singapore’, embark on a fun water journey. Watch Singapore’s native plants come to life as the smell of lilies and jasmine fills the air. Be whisked away into the the amazing F1 Singapore night race and experience the thrill of a grand prix race. Experience the Singapore Flyer as a Singapore Airlines A380 thunders by, on its way to Changi International Airport. And, of course, enter he world of Madame Tussauds and get up close and personal with your favorite global celebrities. Meet, interact with and snap some selfies with rock stars, historic icons, athletes, film and TV A-listers and musicians, plus national and international heroes including Jack Neo, Gurmit Singh as you take a trip back to history and straight to stardom.

Good for

Family

Fun

Hours
Daily from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday to Friday
10:00 AM to 7:30 PM Saturday and Sunday
Address
40 Imbiah Rd, Singapore 099700
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Tips

  • Madame Tussauds Singapore is the only Madame Tussauds museum with a live actor-led show. Plan your visit according to the show if you wish to experience the act.

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Madame Tussauds Singapore Tickets

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Peranakan Museum

Museums & Culture

#35 of 826 things to do in Singapore

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‘Peranakan’ refers to a culturally rich and unique ethnic group that came about with both Chinese and Malay people in Singapore. This ten-gallery museum exhibits the world’s largest and best overview of the Peranakan life in three floors. Explore ancient artifacts and documents – ranging from silver, furniture, textiles and crockery – that reflects the Peranakan culture in Singapore. The second and third level of the museum is dedicated to several religious and social ways of living that the Peranakans have followed from eons.

Good for

Family

Educational

Hours
Saturday - Thursday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Address
39 Armenian St, Singapore 179941
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Tips

  • It is advisable to invest in a guided tour for better understanding at the museum.
  • If on a budget, the museum sells tickets at a discounted rate after 6:00 PM.

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MINT Museum of Toys

Museums & Culture

#123 of 826 things to do in Singapore

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The MINT Museum of Toys is all your childhood dreams come true! With over 50,000 pieces of vintage toys, including rare and one-of-a-kind pieces, the toys are sourced from 40 countries and even date back to the mid-19th century. This five-story temple of toys is a haven for children and adults. Enjoy a moment of nostalgia with your family on a tour at the MINT Museum of Toys.

Good for

Family

Fun

Hours
Daily from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Address
26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382
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Tips

  • If you’re visiting in a group, look out for special discounts provided by the museum.
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