11 museums and art galleries to visit in Singapore

02 October 2017

One of the best places to satisfy your inner culture vulture, Singapore is brimming with a huge range of museums and art galleries. From design-centric venues to specialised institutions, Singapore has it all. Join us on a Singaporean adventure as we discover some of the must-visit museums and art galleries that you can’t afford to miss while visiting the city…

1. National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

Housed in a stunning neo-classical building, the National Museum of Singapore focuses on offering immersive experiences, which set out the intriguing story of Singapore in a manner that’s both rewarding and fun. You’ll also find a selection of cafes and restaurants, as well as plenty of places to pick up your souvenirs. If you only have time to visit one place to learn about the history and culture of Singapore, we think you should head here.

2. National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore

Located in the heart of the Civic District, the National Gallery Singapore occupies two major landmarks, the former Supreme Court and City Hall. Inside, you’ll find over 8,000 artworks housed across 10 galleries. Dedicated to Singapore and Southeast Asian art, the latest jewel in Singapore's art crown provides insights into the unique art, heritage and history of the region. It’s a must-visit destination for lovers of art and culture.

3. ArtScience Museum

ArtScience Museum in Singapore

This spectacular museum at Marina Bay Sands offers an ever-changing range of high-profile exhibitions. With a façade resembling an open lotus flower, the permanent exhibits here are divided into three main themes – Curiosity, Inspiration, and Expression. The museum is also well-known for its touring exhibits, which include sought-after works by Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol.

4. Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Art Museum

Housed in a restored 19th century mission school, the Singapore Art Museum was the nation’s very first art museum. Home to the world's most extensive collections of contemporary Southeast Asian artworks, the exhibitions feature everything from paintings and sculptures to installation art and moving media. After a wonderful day of art appreciation, relax at one of the museum’s five delightful cafes and restaurants.

5. Asian Civilisations Museum

Asian Civilisations Museum

Housed in a historical building by the Singapore River, the Asian Civilisations Museum is home to handful of permanent galleries showcasing intriguing artefacts from all over Asia. Split into four geographical zones, this fascinating museum takes you on a grand exploration of the diverse heritage and cultural melting pot of the Singaporean people. Afterwards, reflect with a bite to eat at the museum’s café or take a stroll through the museum shop.

6. MINT Museum of Toys

MINT Museum Singapore

If you’re looking for something quirky, MINT Museum of Toys houses a marvellous collection of old-school toys and is guaranteed to be a hit with visitors of all ages! Take a peek at the vast range of collectibles, from Batman and Astro Boy to vintage comics and teddy bears. Stop for a spot of lunch at the 1920s-inspired basement restaurant or sip a relaxing drink at the rooftop bar, which offers stunning views of many of Singapore’s iconic buildings, including the Raffles Hotel and the National Library.

7. Peranakan Museum

Peranakan Museum Singapore

Celebrating the Peranakan (Straits-Chinese) culture in Singapore, this is the sister museum to the Asian Civilisations Museum. With interactive exhibits and interesting artefacts that span across 10 permanent galleries, this is the go-to destination for Peranakan heritage and culture.

8. Images of Singapore LIVE

Discover the colourful story of Singapore, from humble fishing village to 21st century powerhouse, in a journey which will uncover the nations extraordinary history. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear in this 45 minute actor-led attraction which features immersive, themed areas, live actors and special effects plus an all new Spirit of Singapore Boat Ride. Walk through 200 years of history in areas including Quayside Walk, Malay Fishing Village, Jubilee Cinema and more!

9. Chinatown Heritage Centre

The Chinatown Heritage Centre is your first step to trace the footsteps of Singapore's early pioneers and discover the personal stories of people who made Chinatown their home. Located within three beautifully-restored shophouses on Pagoda Street, the Centre is the only place in Singapore that has recreated the original interiors of its shophouse tenants in the 1950s, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of Chinatown's early residents. Step inside and gain an insight into the early resident's lives and their struggles, sacrifices, aspirations and more.

10. Maritime Experiential Museum

Maritime Experiential Museum Singapore

Charting the 1,100-year legacy of the Maritime Silk Route, the Maritime Experiential Museum is the only museum in Singapore where you can discover Singapore’s past as a trading port. Take an interactive trip along the ancient Maritime Silk Route, view life-sized replicas of Asian sailing vessels, and end your visit with a nail-biting experience in the 360º multimedia Typhoon Theatre. You’ll ‘board’ a sailing ship and encounter a perilous storm!

11. Red Dot Design Museum

Home to over 1,000 items and products from over 50 countries that have been recognised for their remarkable design, the Red Dot Design Museum is a perfect place for design-lovers. Housed in a striking red heritage building in downtown Singapore, you’ll also find plenty of food and beverage outlets, creative agencies and a bar!

Ready for your art and culture fix in Singapore? Contact your Travel Counsellor today to plan your itinerary!


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