National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
With a history dating back to its inception in 1887, the National Museum of Singapore is the nation's oldest museum with a progressive mind. Its galleries adopt cutting-edge and multi-perspective ways of presenting history and culture to redefine conventional museum experience. A cultural and architectural landmark in Singapore, the Museum hosts innovative festivals and events all year round-the dynamic Night Festival, visually arresting art installations, as well as amazing performances and film screenings-in addition to presenting thought-provoking exhibitions involving critically important collections of artefacts. The programming is supported by a wide range of facilities and services including F&B, retail and a Resource Centre. The National Museum of Singapore re-opened in December 2006 after a three-year redevelopment, and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012. The Museum refreshed its permanent galleries and re-opened them on 19 September 2015 for Singapore's Golden Jubilee.
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  • sweetie_inc
    Singapore, Singapore350 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Explore 700 years of ‘Singapore’ history
    A well told story of Singapore origin and pivotal moments in history that has led to the bustling place that it is today. Something that as a Singaporeans I felt proud of. The display is chronologically based with the 1st floor being the 18th century then to the arrival of Britain to the development of a major port then to the fall to the Japanes then the separation from Malaysia and being independent to what is it today as the modern Singapore. I got emo as I walked through the history and spent almost 3 hours there. I also loved the Story of the Forest exhibit in the Glass Rotunda on level 2 - best for small kids. The types of tree display was useful as help to identified the type of specimens a lot of the old trees around Singapore. The Café Brera at Reunion is a nice and cosy place to grab something to snack or chill out.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Geminican
    San Jose, California2,101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place learn about Singapore history
    This is perhaps the best place to learn about Singapore history. Even though this country will be celebrating its 58th birthday on August 9, 2023, but it has rich culture. The permanent exhibit on the first floor of the museum tells a great story about Singapore from pre-historic time all the way to modern day Singapore. They have temporary exhibitions. Please budget 3-5 hours for this museum. The building itself is a historical building. Bencoolen MRT (blue line) is the closet to the museum, only one small block away.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Glenn Djangkar
    Jakarta, Indonesia279 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Captures The National Journey and National Spirit of Singapore
    Encountered the National Museum of Singapore while wandering around Fort Canning Park. It was always on our itinerary and because it was hot, it was a convenient refuge from the weather. It is highly recommended that you allocate 3 hours here. We only managed to visit the permanent exhibit which chronicles the history of Singapore and that alone easily took 2 hours. The contents of the museum itself I think captures the journey of Singapore from the Island of Temasek to British colony to the modern nation we are familar with. Through it all, I think the museum captures the national spirit very well. The only criticism I have is that the journey across Singapore’s history “stops” in the 1970s with the HDB exhibit. I thought it would be even more interesting if it got closer to the present time.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Michael Z
    Singapore, Singapore7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to learn the history of Singapore
    We had a fantastic time exploring the museum with our families. One standout experience was the docent tour we took. The guide was knowledgeable, engaging, and made the whole tour really enjoyable. They shared interesting stories and facts about the exhibits, bringing them to life in a way that captured our attention. The tour definitely added depth to our visit and made us appreciate the museum even more. We highly recommend joining a docent tour if you get the chance.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 September 2023
  • feetfirst
    Radlett, United Kingdom149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting collection housed in a beautiful building.
    I went primarily because as a first time visitor to Singapore, was interested in its history. This was fascinating. What I didn’t bargain for were the other 2 exhibits. Namely, ‘ The Story of The Forest’ & the Very Old Tree . The former an immersive experience of the flora & fauna of the Malay Peninsula. Extremely beautiful & the latter, an exhibition of photographs & the intimate stories given by ordinary people as to why a particular tree means something. Really emotionally powerful.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 October 2023
  • Keith K
    Alton, United Kingdom241 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum
    The National Museum of Singapore is worth a visit, it is the oldest museum in Singapore and has been in it's current location on Stamford Road for 126 years. The entry fee is S$10 for an adult ticket (sept 2023) and the museum is open daily from 10am - 7pm. The museum showcases the history of Singapore and the exhibits are laid out in chronological order, there is a modern feature of a completely self supporting glass ceiling as part of the building.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Hotelman08
    Mountain View, California73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A cool place to visit on a hot day.
    They had different price ticket that give you different access to the museum. I opted for the ticket that gave me full access. Unfortunately the day i went parts of the museum was closed. Even with part of the museum closed the was still a lot to see and do. I enjoyed the rotunda, it had a floral display that when you stood in the middle you felt full immersed. The train and the war exhibit were also well done. It is a great way to spend a few hours of your vacation.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 December 2023
  • John S
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent for history of Singapore
    Comprehensive, well balanced and excellently presented history of Singapore. Plenty of room left for nuance and contemplation. Personally surprised by small coverage given to WWII massacres of - largely - ethnic Chinese population.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 December 2023
  • LJ21
    Sydney, Australia97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely visit !!
    Definitely get this on your list of places to visit in Singapore. It looks enormous and will take all day to have a good visit but we did main parts in 3 hours. It’s extremely good!! We loved it. The history of the building itself. The main space gave us a great understanding of the development of the country. The additional exhibition about travel was outstanding … didn’t expect to see this. The place is free entry but do give them a decent donation . Nice gift shop as well. One of our holiday highlights as it turned out. Ps tack into this visit a visit changi prison museum and chapel
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 December 2023
  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia7,936 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved the History.
    Wonderful museum housed in a neoclassical building that opened in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee and the more contemporary extension opened in 2006. Loved the collection of artefacts dating from early times through the early colinisation of Singapore, Japanese occupation, formation of the State and to the present day. Exhibits are marred somewhat by poor lighting, not sure if it's to protect the exhibits or create a type of mood, irrespective, it made it difficult to view some exhibits and read descriptions.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 December 2023
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MPSRathore
Jodhpur, India58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Truly the knowledge hub of how from ground zero Singapore evolved into what it is today. What, when, why, who, how and where all the questions immaculately and displayed mitaculously answered.
Written 5 June 2024
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Wikumj
Bromley, UK391 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Couples
Interesting way to learn about Singapore's history, particularly around the colonial period with the British, the war and Japanese occupation, independence and the post-war modernising period. Interesting background and orientation for a visit to Singapore
Written 2 June 2024
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Kris T
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The building is a bit confusing and the curation feels opportunistic at times. Overall, I enjoyed my visit as the museum provides a review of the more recent periods as well. Certainly a must if interested in war history.
Written 18 April 2024
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Christine W
Louth, UK38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I was looking forward to visiting the National Museum of Singapore, as it was recommended in my guidebook.

We arrived in the morning and asked where the cafeteria was, as the floor it was supposed to be located on was closed. We were told that it would be closed for 2 years, due to renovations in the building, but there was one on the ground floor. However, we found that the food was very good there, so that was not a problem.

I was bitterly disappointed in the museum as we always enjoy visiting museums when we travel. There was so little to see as so many floors and exhibitions were closed off. One of the exhibitions was black and white photos of trees around Singapore.

The only good thing was that it was a public holiday and so entry was free. If I had had to pay, I would have been very grumpy. So, my advice is that, until the work has been carried out inside the building, save your money and do something else!
Written 13 April 2024
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Martin H
Hong Kong, China923 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
They've done a great job retaining the former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings and converting them into the National Gallery but unfortunately they have a very disappointing collection of art here. There's acres of unissued space. The Singapore Government should look at buying some world class art to make this a much more appealing destination and make better use of this wonderful space.

The above said, this is still worth a short visit if for nothing more than to see the old building and how they've converted it.
Written 20 March 2024
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Will Y
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Absolute waste of time and money, and shockingly disappointing for a "National Museum".

This is not a museum, 5 disparate exhibits, most lacking engagement or purpose, 2 of which are just PSAs. We were so annoyed by the whole experience it ruined our afternoon.

Entire "museum" offering;
1. Singapore Origins, the most uninformative, uninspired, "history" exhibit I've ever seen. You will get far more content and engagement from a quick read of Wikipedia
2. PSA exhibit for locals about dementia in the community
3. Projector shows in 3 joined spaces (leaves falling, cartoon animals in a jungle, more leaves falling
4. Old trees in Singapore (photos of people standing next to various trees around SG)
5. PSA exhibit "the history of plastic", explaining to locals about plastic and recycling

Once you realise that you have seen everything, you can stop by the cafe and shop where there is another looped projector show on the wall (this one shows animated versions of street art you can find in places like Tiong Bahru).

PS. I asked staff how to provide feedback and was directed to a QR code which opened a website that was down for maintenance.
Written 19 March 2024
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Kikki
Auckland, New Zealand361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Excellent view of how Singapore has evolved and the various elements that has affected what it is today: a multicultural hub of Asia.
Learned a lot and the displays (with English labels) were clear and interesting.
Highly recommended!
Written 12 March 2024
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I thoroughly enjoyed this museum. It did a great job of walking you through the history of Singapore emphasizing the British era and forward. The signage provided a great narrative and was supplemented with various artifacts, films, etc. I learned a great deal from my visit.

Note that the Museum seems to be undergoing some construction. The entrance was moved and the upper floors were closed when we were there.

Highly recommended.
Written 11 March 2024
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WinoRick
Gothenburg, Sweden110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
4 day visit to Singapore, a great venue for tourists. Clean, safe and interesting with friendly folks who mostly speak English. All signs are in English. We picked the National Museum for an afternoon visit and chose the History of Singapore section. We got bogged down with the early history and suddenly we realized we did not have much time to get back to our hotel and prep for dinner. (In Singapore that means a shower).
The museum has done an outstanding job presenting Singapore’s history and we didn’t allow enough time. Everything is well done and there are a variety of audios, movies and a QR code to use your phone to listen to more detailed descriptions of various subjects. So, my advice is to go and allow plenty of time, maybe 4 hours if you wish to learn about the country’s complicated history.
Written 2 March 2024
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Clive W
Orpington1,906 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Externally, this was a lovely old building. Internally, the exhibits explaining the history of the country were very informative and factual. No "wokeism". Unfortunately some exhibits were closed due to refurbishment. However, the ticket prices were reduced accordingly so this was very acceptable. I learned a lot about the history and was very pleased to have visited this museum. There were plenty of places to sit and enjoy the exhibits and audio/visual experiences.

There is also a shop, cafe and facilities. Note that the museum generally opens at 1000. There were several people, including us, waiting from 0945.
Written 26 February 2024
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