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Cultural Journey: Exploring the Top 10 Museums and Galleries in Singapore

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Singapore is a country that boasts a diverse cultural heritage. Nicknamed the “Lion City,” it offers plenty for those who seek to experience cultural journeys through its museums and galleries. Here are the top 10 museums and galleries that you shouldn’t miss when visiting Singapore. National Museum of Singapore.

1. National Museum of Singapore


The National Museum of Singapore is the oldest museum and one of the architectural icons of Singapore. This museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of Singapore, from the pre-colonial era to its independence and beyond. This museum showcases several permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Address: 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
Hours: Daily 10 AM – 7 PM and last admission at 6.15 PM (Glass Rotunda) & 6.30 PM (All other galleries)

2. Children’s Museum Singapore


This museum was formerly known as the Singapore Philatelic Museum but has now been reborn. The Children’s Museum in Singapore organizes a variety of workshops that are both educational and fun for families. These workshops feature activities such as arts and crafts, parent-child dances, and LEGO-building exercises. It’s a great way to introduce your child to Singapore’s history creatively and engagingly. history. Visit the museum and enjoy these workshops with your family.

Address: 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Hours: Tue–Sun, there are 4 entry time slots (9 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM, 4 PM) available for booking. You are allowed 1hr 45 mins per entry.

3. The ArtScience Museum


The ArtScience Museum is unique because it combines art, science, technology, and culture. Located within the iconic Marina Bay Sands complex, the museum has a distinctive Lotus-shaped design. Some popular exhibitions that have been featured in this museum include Future World, Van Gogh Alive, and Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes. Additionally, the museum hosts educational and outreach activities, such as workshops, discussions, and film screenings, to inspire creativity and curiosity among visitors.

Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Hours: Daily at 10 AM – 7 PM

4. Mint Museum of Toys


The Mint Museum of Toys is a museum that showcases a collection of over 50,000 antique toys gathered from more than 40 countries. Housed in a building designed to resemble a toy box, it has four thematic levels named Outer Space, Characters, Childhood Favorites, and Collectibles, which accommodate over 50,000 antique toys. The museum also features a toy shop and café, where visitors can purchase and enjoy toy-themed products and food.

Address: 26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382
Hours: Mon-Sun at 9.30 AM – 6.30 PM and last admission at 6 PM

5. The Asian Civilizations Museum


This museum focuses on the wealth and diversity of Asian culture, situated in a historic building near the Singapore River. It comprises four thematic galleries showcasing over 2,000 artifacts and artworks such as ceramics, textiles, sculptures, and paintings. The Asian Civilizations Museum is more than just a history lesson; it offers a range of annual programs that allow visitors to experience closeness with culture and arts, such as River Nights.

Address: 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
Hours: Mon-Thu, Saturday & Sunday (10 AM – 7 PM) & Fri 10 AM – 9 PM

6. The Intan

 

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The Intan is a heritage house and private museum located in Joo Chiat, Singapore. It is owned and curated by Alvin Yapp, a Peranakan culture enthusiast and collector who has amassed various Peranakan heritage items for over 20 years. The house boasts an intriguing and authentic design and decoration, featuring a wide array of antique collections and Peranakan art ranging from jewelry, clothing, and porcelain, to furniture displayed in every corner. 

Address: 69 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427231
House: Daily 07 AM – 10 PM

7. Ode to Art

 

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Established in 2004, the gallery showcases a wide range of artworks, both permanent and temporary. Ode to Art boasts a portfolio of several renowned names in contemporary art, such as Fernando Botero, Mauro Perucchetti, Qin Feng, Chen Wenling, Lee Jung Woong, and Lim TzePeng. At Ode to Art, visitors can view spectacular works that exhibit various styles, themes, and techniques, yet carry strong and profound messages and meanings. 

Address: 252 North Bridge Rd, #01-36E F, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Hours: Daily at 11 AM – 9 PM


Redsea Gallery is an art gallery established in 2001 and is one of the largest and oldest art galleries in Singapore. It has a collection of over 8,000 artworks of various types and genres, such as paintings, sculptures, photography, and installations. Redsea Gallery showcases works from renowned and influential artists, both from Singapore and other countries. The gallery is also active in developing and supporting talented and promising new artists.

Address: Block 9 Dempsey Rd, #01-10 Dempsey Hill, Singapura 247697
Hours: Daily at 10 AM – 9 PM

 

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STPI operates under the auspices of the National Gallery Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum as part of the leading national visual arts cluster in the region. It offers various activities for visitors of all ages, such as visiting art galleries showcasing collaborative works between STPI and international artists or participating in creative workshops to learn and experiment with various print and paper techniques, as well as getting to know the artists collaborating with STPI and witnessing the process of their works. 

Address: 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238236
Hours: Tues–Thu (10 AM – 7 PM) & Fri (10 AM – 2 PM)


The Singapore City Gallery is a visitor center consisting of three floors located at The URA Centre, which narrates the transformation and plans of Singapore City. It features over 50 audiovisual and interactive exhibitions across three floors showcasing the challenges and solutions of Singapore city planning. One of the main attractions is a large architectural model providing a bird’s-eye view of the city center, brought to life with light and sound shows. Visitors can learn and explore various aspects of Singapore city life, including the environment, society, economy, and culture.

Address: 45 Maxwell Road The URA Centre, Singapore 069118
Hours: Mon-Sat 9 AM – 5 PM & closed on Sun and Public Holidays

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